Federal Website Seizures

The Attorney General may seize trademark or copyright infringing websites under the government’s Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0. program.  This action is authorized under federal law 18 U.S.C. §§ 981 and 2323, which specifically allows the Federal government to seize property involved in illegal activity.  Trademark counterfeiting and intellectual property infringement activity is illegal and is punishable by federal penalties […]

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Right of Publicity on FindLaw

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FindLaw The Right of Publicity A separate issue from copyright, which protects the creator of the video or photo, is the right of publicity, which protects the subject of the content.  Right of publicity laws protect people from the unauthorized commercial use of their name, likeness, or identity.  A majority of states have right of […]

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Trademark Infringement Through The Mail Can Get You 20 Years In Prison

A statement released by Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, says Bernard Gernay of Howell, N.J., Bradley Horne of Sunset, S.C., and Jarrod Oldridge of Las Vegas acknowledged that they altered jerseys obtained from retail outlets and other sources to make them appear to be used in games by pro athletes, substantially increasing their value.

The maximum prison sentence for mail fraud is 20 years.

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