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No Business Too Big or Small to Avoid Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

1. May 2015 08:02

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Copyright infringement lawsuits keep popping up these days (see makeup blogger Michelle Phan's legal woes over using unlicensed music to score her tutorials). Maybe that's because on the Internet, most content, ideas, and art seem like fair game. But as a current lawsuit against Lionsgate and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon shows, not all ideas are ripe for the picking.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, author Peter Gallagher alleges that Whedon lifted the premise and some character traits for the 2012 meta-horror movie The Cabin in the Woods from his 2006 self-published novel A Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines. The complaint states that both works…

Gallagher is suing Joss Whedon, director Drew Goddard, Lionsgate, and Whedon's production company Mutant Enemy for $10 million in damages.

It just goes to show you: copyright infringement is a risk both heavy-hitting companies and small businesses face and need to learn to avoid.

Avoiding Copyright Infringement: Easier than Slaying Vampires

Sure, you may not be making million-dollar movies, but your business has copyright infringement risk if it…

Given the fast-paced nature of online and social media marketing, copyright infringement is a real threat. It can be too easy to see a photo you like and post it on your business's page without a second thought. However, those snap decisions can come back to haunt you if the creator sues you for infringing on their copyrighted work.

To avoid these risks, be sure to:

For more risk management tips, stay current on our advertising injury blog series.


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