‘Stars Earn Stripes’ a short-lived NBC television series where celebrities test their mettle against one another in a military-style boot camp, has recently had its day in court against charges from a New York City police officer who claimed that he came up with the concept first. Despite the show being a remarkable failure critically and commercially NBC could still be found responsible for damages if the police officer’s lawsuit is successful. The network claims that the basic premise is too simple to copyright, but many reality shows find themselves being sued for having too similar a premise to another series. This has been especially problematic in reality television, which is often criticized for simplistic, unoriginal premises.
Even though many viewers struggle to know the difference between shows as similar as ‘American Idol’ and ‘X Factor’ courts have been skeptical to award damages for such claims for fear of setting dangerous legal precedents. Copyrights are only as good as the originality of the content being protected, and in many cases it’s impossible to claim that one celebrity competition series is any less creative than the other. This hands-off approach has only encouraged the proliferation of similar programs, a struggle that scripted programs have been facing since the advent of television itself. While it is difficult to protect this kind of intellectual property from imitators there is still the threat of online piracy to contend with as well. Popular reality shows such as ‘The Voice’ or ‘The Amazing Race’ are favorites with large online fandoms that download the show in record numbers. In many cases these downloads are an infringement on existing copyrights and registered trademarks and shared through controversial file-sharing sites such as The Pirate Bay. Audio, video, images, logos, and even simple data are victims to widespread infringements online. Proper protection and copyright enforcement are needed to ensure any other potential loss of income and monetization due to piracy.
Able to track internet traffic and file exchanges, Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG-TEK INTL.) is a valuable resource for business intelligence and copyright protection expertise. One of the most common solutions is sending out takedown notices to attempt to receive some monetization for lost income to piracy. This is in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which makes internet records publicly available. In addition to large files such as films or music, even a simple logo can be shared and used without permission from the registered trademark holders. CEG TEK INTL is one of the most trustworthy brands in this new field and has been enormously successful in creating solutions to the piracy problem.
In some ways copyright enforcement is about picking your battles. Legal challenges to intellectual property like ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ are inevitable in the cutthroat television business, but online piracy poses a more legitimate and realistic threat to the future of content than imitators from competitive networks. It remains to be seen whether ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ will be found to be an infringement or not. However, the questions posed by this lawsuit will continue to be asked for many years to come.
Skyfall, Adele’s title song for the latest James Bond film, has been an enormous critical and commercial success. Like other successful content, be it audio, video, images, logos, or simple data, Skyfall has made its way onto popular piracy websites, infringing heavily on the registered trademarks and copyrights of the song. The enforcement and protection of songs can be quite difficult, but the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has allowed for the tracking of these infringements. New businesses such as Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG TEK International) have stepped up to this challenge, offering practical solutions that allow for the possibility of recovery of lost income due to piracy using a combination of takedown notices, settlements, and other options.
Copyright Enforcement Group uses cutting-edge tracking software to generate the business intelligence that people need today. They are able to operate largely independent of the content owner, eliminating any hassle that might come from regular interaction. This autonomy is the direct result of years of hard work, building a reliable trust that continues to benefit both parties today.
CEG TEK International (CEG) today announced its presence at the 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA from July 12 to July 15. CEG will be on hand to offer its comprehensive anti-piracy solutions and in-depth business intelligence services to the world’s greatest creative artists, game creators, filmmakers, and musicians.
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– Business Intelligence: CEG’s Business Intelligence service provides the data analysis content owners need to accurately interpret data and make key business decisions.
Copyright Enforcement Group understands the extensive lengths, sacrifices, and risks digital creative artists, filmmakers, and musicians take to reach audiences worldwide. CEG’s in-house team of technology, intellectual property, and legal experts work together to ensure that owners’ valuable creative works are protected from digital piracy.
To learn more about Copyright Enforcement Group services, please visit ceg-intl.com. To schedule a free consultation during Comic-Con please call 877 526 7974 ext 175 or email salesteam(at)ceg-intl(dot)com.
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CEG TEK International provides first-in-class copyright, trademark and brand protection offering comprehensive anti-piracy solutions and in-depth business intelligence to content & rights owners worldwide. Cutting edge technology enables CEG TEK International to track, monetize, and analyze all forms of content – audio, video, image, text, logos, trademarks, brands, video games and software – across multiple Peer-to-Peer protocols (P2P) and websites. To learn more about CEG TEK International ‘s services, please visit http://www.ceg-intl.com.