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Keeping Fair Use “Fair”

Keeping Fair Use “Fair”

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Most of us like to think of ourselves as fair-minded. And as a nation, we honor the idea of fair-play and instill the ideal of fairness in our children from an early age. So when someone uses the term “fair-use” as the basis for taking a copyrighted work without permission or compensation, you would expect that fair-minded people would think it is hardly “fair” for someone to get a free ride on the labors of another.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Issues Consumer Alert Tips For Avoiding Dangerous Fakes Online

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Issues Consumer Alert Tips For Avoiding Dangerous Fakes Online

On Cyber Monday 2012, consumer spending mushroomed to $1.5 billion in online sales, with experts forecasting even more growth in 2013. Unfortunately, illicit websites offering counterfeit goods that appear identical to the genuine products are also growing exponentially, duping holiday shoppers into buying shoddy and sometimes downright dangerous products. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, which represents a large cross-section of the world’s most innovative and creative businesses, is issuing a consumer safety alert and tips for consumers to avoid purchasing these dangerous fakes.

New Study Shows Consumers Support Protecting IP

New Study Shows Consumers Support Protecting IP

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Newsflash: intellectual property isn’t just for intellectuals. Do people really know what IP is? The connection between patents and paychecks or trademarks and safety may seem abstract, but according to a new study, the average Joe understands that intellectual property is worth protecting.