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Just because it's on the Internet, doesn't mean it's free. The Internet is not a lawless frontier. The samelaws that apply to the use of intellectual property outside of cyberspace also apply to Web sites and the Internet.So, if you find a great photo on the Web that you want to use on your site, be careful to make sure you have the right touse it. The consequences of using someone else's intellectualproperty or image without their permission can add upto millions of dollars in damages.

Lawyers in our Intellectual Property Group have many years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, representing international, national, regional and local concerns. The legal and professional representation of our clients is complemented by our very personal involvement with our clients and our willingness to be flexible in the manner in which we approach our client's projects. The experience of our lawyers extends to all aspects of domestic and foreign intellectual property laws.

Service Provider Designation of Agent to Receive Notification of Claims of Infringement

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, signed into law on October 28, 1998, amended the United States Copyright Act, Title 17 of the U.S. Code, to provide in part certain limitations on the liability of online service providers (OSPs) for copyright infringement. Subsection 512(c) of the Copyright Act provides limitations on service provider liability for storage, at the direction of a user, of copyrighted material residing on a system or network controlled or operated by or for the service provider, if, among other things, the service provider has designated an agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement by providing contact information to the Copyright Office and by posting such information on the service provider's publicly accessible website.

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