Trademark Infringement Common in Soci...

Trademark Infringement Common in Social Media, Websites

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Since: Jan 13

Winter Park, Florida

#1 Jan 23, 2013
Are you cutting and pasting copy into your website blog?

Plagiarism. Illegal.

Are you posting other people's online pictures in your website? Also plagiarism. Protected.

Be careful if you're grabbing national logos, iconic and celebrity photos. You'll be caught and have to call a lawyer.

Twitter, Craigslist, YouTube and Facebook have to be respectful of laws regarding federally registered trademarks. Trademarks are protected as part of domain names, content and copy on websites and social media websites. If you use or someone has used trademarked items without being authorized to do so as a third party it is punishable by law.
Use of Trademarked Names Online

Social networking websites including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Craigslist have been dealing with national brands and companies that launched campaigns to stop unauthorized use of trademarked names on online. Individuals who use trademarked information thinking it’s just a mention or that everyone is doing it should be cautioned: Illegal use is illegal use. If you don’t have written and formal approval by the owner of trademarked content you may not use it.

With the popularity of these websites of people networking with friends and colleagues and conducting business, companies monitor them more heavily for misuses and will notice and can capture the unauthorized use of a trademark on these sites.

There are systems in place for making targeted complaints to remove infringing content on social media websites. Facebook, YouTube, and Craigslist take allegations of trademark or copyright infringement very seriously and are quick to act.

Let us know if you've been nabbed. Lanigan and Lanigan have been practicing business and civil litigation since 1976.

Willard, MO

#2 Jan 23, 2013

Dade City, FL

#3 Feb 6, 2013
There are many aspects of trademark infringement through Social Media. Would the use of someones trademark originating from a foreign country origin constitute an infringement.

Can a Canadian company create a Facebook page using a US Trademark name registered in the US. Selling and advertising to US customers? Should Facebook and other social media protect rights within the United States regardless of the country of origin of the offender.

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