Janet Fries

About Janet Fries

Janet Fries is of counsel in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Her practice is focused on copyright and trademark law, entertainment law and Internet law. A frequent lecturer, Janet has published a number of articles on copyright and related topics. She is an active member of the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association: she is a member of the Intellectual Property Section Council, the Continuing Legal Education Board and the Copyright Reform Task Force. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the board of directors of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and serves as an adviser on the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Copyright project. Janet co-teaches “Legal Issues in Arts Management,” a graduate seminar at George Mason University and “Art, Cultural Heritage & the Law” a seminar at George Washington University Law School.

Minimizing Website Infringement Liability: (Re)Designate Your Digital Millennium Copyright Act Agent

If you have a brand, chances are you have a website.  And if you have a website, chances are you have content on the website – probably some combination of text, music, photos, and graphics, including a logo that may be registered with both the USPTO and the Copyright Office.  You’re probably taking steps to help ensure that infringing content isn’t posted to your website –right?  In case you hadn’t heard of it, here’s an additional nifty, inexpensive way for you to help minimize liability even further: compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Continue reading

Protect Your Brand via Copyright

Brand owners may be able to use copyright law, in addition to trademark law, to better protect their brands.  “Hey, wait a minute,” you say.  “I thought this was a trademark blog!”  Well, it’s our job to make sure every aspect of our clients’ brands is protected in the best way possible—even if that means venturing into the world of copyright law (and patent law . . . but that’s for another post).

Copyright law protects original works, such as writings, pictures and works of art, which have been expressed in a tangible way.  Trademark law, on the other hand, protects words, phrases, symbols and designs that identify and distinguish the source of products and services.

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