US Laws Applicable to Internet Intellectual Property Infringements

Wrongful practices on the Internet are affecting genuine copyrights and trademark owners, sellers, and bonafide consumers. In order to curb such intellectual property ever-increasing violations, countries from all over the world have taken various steps. For instance, international treaties have been entered into to protect trademarks and copyrighted information available on the Web. These treaties include international laws and principles, remedies, and even alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to solve copyrights, trademarks, and domain name disputes. Additionally, every country, including the United States has supplemented its existing copyright and trademark laws with other laws that deal specifically with intellectual property offenses over the Internet. This article briefly presents the United States Federal laws directly applicable to copyrights and trademarks violations.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is United States Copyright Law and does it Apply to Internet Infringements?
What is United States Trademark Law?
What is The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?
What is the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA)?

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