Entrepreneurs may not believe that they have anything worth protecting when they start a new business venture. However, even items such as the name of the company or the name of its product might need protection. This is because the name of the company and its products are often used as the cornerstone of its brand.
Colorado residents might find it interesting to hear that Apple has demanded that the small online music site Digital Music News remove a copy it posted in June of an iTunes Radio contract that the company offered to small independent record labels. According to Apple, DMN violated its copyrights in posting a copy of the contract on its website. According to a law professor at Santa Clara University, contracts being copyrighted is rare but possible.
More and more business owners in Colorado may be faced with protecting certain ideas, solutions or products that are crucial to the success of a company. These concepts are collectively referred to as intellectual property. State and federal laws are in place to grant rights to business owners to effectively protect these creations, but there are many times when other parties infringe on these rights by using intellectual property unlawfully.