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Online Intellectual Property

Our Knowledgeable Lawyers Protect Your Intellectual Property Online

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The Internet is a breeding ground of illegal activity, including copyright infringement. Whether you are accused of infringing on someone else’s intellectual property rights or seek to stop an infringement on your copyrighted material, Garcia & Gurney A Law Corporation, is ready to offer you sound legal advice.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was created to meet the demands of the digital age. We fully comprehend the provisions of the act and can carefully review your case to determine whether you have violated the law or whether you are the victim of digital copyright infringement.

Listed below are a few of the provisions of the DMCA:

  • The DMCA prohibits the manufacture, sale or release of programs and code-cracking materials used to unlawfully copy software.
  • The DMCA prohibits activities that bypass anti-piracy measures in commercial software, except when used by nonprofit libraries, archives, schools and universities in some situations.
  • Under the DMCA, the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act protects Internet service providers from liability as long as they have no actual knowledge or awareness of facts indicating infringing transmissions.

In addition to providing services related to the DMCA, our firm helps clients with all aspects of intellectual property law, including contributory copyright infringement issues and domain name protection.

What is fair use?

Pinpointing the exact definition of fair use is difficult, and interpretation of fair use should be determined on a case-by-case basis. Generally, fair use is the copying of copyrighted material for a limited or transformative purpose. Below are examples of commonly accepted instances of fair use:

  • Commentary
  • Criticism
  • Parody


Cybersquatting occurs when a person registers a popular domain name with the sole purpose of reselling it at an inflated price to the rightful owner. Some people have even referred to cybersquatting as a form of online extortion. Our lawyers are well versed in the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, and can promptly review your case and determine if you have cause for action.

Comprehensive internet intellectual property help from skilled IP attorneys

Garcia & Gurney A Law Corporation is equipped to handle the most complicated intellectual property law issues in and around Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. For help with an intellectual property, labor, employment, or other business law matter in or around the Bay Area, contact us today by phone at 925-468-0400 or online.

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