California businesses are currently able to protect most things they create through the nation's intellectual property laws. This body of law is highly complex and has developed since the country's founding. The face of this law is changing, as new ideas about ownership emerge with the ubiquitous nature of new technologies and the explosion of the Internet.
October 2015 Archives
California book lovers may be pleased to hear about the latest ruling in the Authors Guild case against Internet giant Google. The case has been ongoing for 10 years, and recently was ruled on by a three-judge panel of a New York appeals court.
Opening arguments in a copyright infringement case against rap superstar Jay Z and producer Timbaland were heard in a California courtroom on Oct. 13. The suit was filed eight years ago by the nephew of deceased Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi.
California residents may have heard about a popular yoga practice called Bikram Yoga. It is a series of 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises that are performed in a 100-degree room for an hour and a half. Bikram Choudhury, the yoga guru who developed it, has copyrighted his yoga sequence and sued several of his former students for teaching it.