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5 Myths About DMCA ‘Take-Down’ Notices

5 Myths About DMCA ‘Take-Down’ Notices

The so-called notice-and-take-down provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provide both a very effective tool for copyright owners to get infringing content removed from the Internet as well as an important protection for service providers (such as website hosting companies) that may inadvertently publish infringing material, either directly or via user-generated content. But, the DMCA is neither a perfect weapon or shield. It cannot be invoked in every instance of online infringement — and, even when it does apply, the DMCA is not always productive. Here are five (of many!) myths and truths about limitations on the DMCA... read more

5 Myths About DMCA ‘Take-Down’ Notices

The so-called notice-and-take-down provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provide both a very effective tool for copyright owners to get infringing content removed from the Internet as well as an important protection for service providers (such as website hosting companies) that may inadvertently publish infringing material, either directly or via user-generated content. But, the DMCA is neither a perfect weapon or shield. It cannot be invoked in every instance of online infringement — and, even when it does apply, the DMCA is not always productive. Here are five (of many!) myths and truths about limitations on the DMCA... read more

Who Really Cares About New gTLDs?

ICANN’s recent announcement of what it called “an exciting milestone in the evolution of the domain name system” — the delegation of the 1,000th new generic top-level domain (gTLD) — went largely unnoticed. While that’s consistent with the new gTLD program in general (at least from the perspective of the general public), that doesn’t mean trademark owners should forget about them. I can’t think of a single new gTLD that I’ve seen promoted in a mainstream advertisement or any company’s marketing materials. Of course, as a domain name attorney, I’m well aware of the new gTLD program in general, as... read more

The Popularity of .co (not .com) Domain Name Disputes

One of the most popular top-level domains under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is not even a gTLD (generic top-level domain). It’s a ccTLD: .co, the country-code top-level domain for Colombia, in South America. Based on statistics at WIPO as of this writing, 29 .co domain names have been the subject of UDRP disputes this year, making it the most-disputed ccTLD under the popular domain name dispute policy.  The same has been true every year since 2010, when .co domain names apparently first became subject to the UDRP — 11 years after the UDRP itself went... read more

‘A whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names’

That’s what the World Trademark Review said about Doug Isenberg, founder of The GigaLaw Firm.

An attorney, entrepreneur, author, professor and domain name arbitrator, Doug helps companies of all sizes protect their brands on the Internet.

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Reclaim Your Domain; Retake Your Territory

The GigaLaw Firm uses a variety of legal tools to protect its clients against cybersquatters, infringers and other bad actors on the Internet:

Domain Name Disputes

Has someone else registered a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to your trademark? Read more…

Copyright Infringement

Is someone copying text, images, music or software from your website? Read more…

Domain Name Transactions

Have you launched a new business or added a brand to an existing business? Read more…

Contracts and licenses

Are you creating or growing your Internet presence? Read more…