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Friday, 1 March 2013

Copyright Enforcement Group - Grammys Lead to Increased Piracy

CEG TEK International

The 55th annual Grammy Awards were held this month in downtown Los Angeles, and the show continues to be one of the most important and influential industry awards out there. The music awards, which are handed out in dozens of categories, have an enormous impact on record sales and media attention towards certain artists. New acts are often featured alongside industry legends, introducing both types of acts to a new audience that may be largely unfamiliar. Even a single Grammy nomination can be an enormous boon and have a lasting impact on that artist's career for years to come. Nowhere is this 'Grammy boost' more apparent than the world of online file exchanges, which have record traffic immediately following these types of awards.

Unfortunately not all of these exchanges are legal; torrent websites and file sharing account for a huge cut in an artist's potential income, with certain popular titles being download thousands, or even millions of times without a cent going to the registered trademark holders. Adele's '21' is one of the most popular albums of the past decade, but it is estimated that millions of copies went unsold due to the title's ubiquitous presence on popular file-sharing sites like The Pirate Bay. History has proven that few record labels are able to tackle the challenge of registered trademark and copyright protection properly. Overnight unknown bands become household names through a Grammy performance, and in many cases those content owners are completely unprepared for the hype and interest generated. This makes it even more imperative that specialists are looked at for the protection of this content.

Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG-TEK INTL.) is one business offering protection against the infringement of registered trademarks and copyrights online. Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) several years ago, making the tracking of file exchanges online legal, and once those exchanges are registered and logged it becomes possible for CEG to generate solutions. Their automated software can track these exchanges, generating important business intelligence for content owners about who might be sharing their product. CEG TEK has become a formidable and reputable brand. For the first time in a decade the music industry has tools available to them to properly protect their investments. The monetization of copyright infringements (which includes takedown notices) is finally possible, which should ultimately help combat this problem in a meaningful way for the first time.

Awards are a celebration of craft, with skilled recording artists, engineers, publicists, and countless others working behind the scenes to produce a hit. Piracy poses a huge problem for those who hold the rights to audio, video, images, logos and data because it has become enormously simple to share those files online in recent years. Few industries have changed more radically by new technology than music, which has been unable to find a worthwhile method to the recovery of lost income due to copyright infringement. In order to keep the record industry's infrastructure intact it is increasingly necessary to work with copyright enforcement businesses such as CEG.


Copyright Enforcement Group - Baauer's 'Harmlem Shake' Threatened


'Harmless Shake,' a popular dance song by the artist Baauer, has rushed to the top of the pop charts in recent months and is aggressively developing into a worldwide sensation. The single has inspired a viral video craze of fans performing its eponymous dance in a variety of unexpected (and oftentimes hilarious) ways, with these videos achieving countless millions of views around the world. Much like last year's 'Gangnam Style' by Psy 'Harlem Shake' has permeated many different facets of pop-culture, including a version of the shake performed by The Simpsons on their long-running animated sitcom. This attention has raised Baauer's profile greatly, but the success of this song has led to many copyright-related issues that will plague the artist for years to come.

Baauer's revenue from 'Harlem Shake' is directly related to the popularity of imitation/parody videos online. YouTube has gone to great lengths to integrate 'Content ID' services, which gives musical artists a portion of ad revenue from videos featuring their songs. This type of payment has led to 'Gangnam Style' artist Psy to receive nearly a million dollars from YouTube alone; not even taking into account personal appearances, music licensing, and sales from the track itself Baauer stands to make a small fortune from his song's many fans and imitators. Still there are countless thousands who have not submitted Baauer's Content ID alongside their own 'Harlem Shake' videos, making them ripe for claims of copyright infringement troubles down the line.

Copyright Enforcement Group (CE­G) has developed, in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), proprietary software for the tracking of infringements online. CEG is then able to trace these downloads back to an individual computer, and from there takedown notices and settlement offers can be arranged. These days it is not uncommon for some companies to elect not to prosecute users with an eye towards monetization, because some would rather use the tracking software as a way to generate business intelligence about who is using their content. CEG TEK has one of the most sterling reputations within the copyright enforcement and is a rising brand. Their recent technological advances have guaranteed that they will remain an industry leader for many years to come.

An unfortunate revelation about Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' is that he is now being pursued for not securing the rights to music being performed in the song itself. Those who performed in 'Harlem Shake' are claiming that an 'unfinished' version of the song was released prematurely, well before compensation was agreed upon by the artists in question. It is a tricky situation that may ultimately hurt Baauer's long-term revenue generated from the song itself, but not uncommon in an age when songs can be leaked and spread throughout the entire world without its record label even knowing that it's out there.

It is no surprise that data, video, images, logos and audio are essential to the success and popularity of the internet. They can be shared online by millions of users worldwide, but in many cases these exchanges are infringing on existing copyrights and registered trademarks. This is bad news for content owners, and this piracy leads to a loss of revenue for content owners. This is why businesses are look to copyright enforcement companies such as CEG TEK INTL to provide solutions.


CEG TEK - Angelina Jolie Wins Copyright Victory in Lawsuit

 

The Land of Blood and Honey,' the directorial debut of superstar actress Angelina Jolie, has won a key ruling in a lawsuit claiming that the film had lifted key scenes and storylines from his 2011 novel 'The Shattering Soul.' The film, a dark romance set against the backdrop of the Bosnian Civil War in the 1990's, has been a passion project for Jolie, who champions many international social and political causes in addition to her career as an Academy Award-winning actress, and claims of copyright infringement threatened to put the production on hold permanently. The California judge ruled that the film and the novel share too few similarities to justify claims of copyright infringement, but such lawsuits are not uncommon in modern Hollywood where everything from children's toys to blogs are seen as potential for big-screen adaptations.

'The Shattering Soul' author James Braddock has been ordered to justify his claim with new evidence or else the case will be thrown out. False claims of infringement happen more commonly than legitimate ones, but Hollywood has always had a long history of stealing ideas from writers and artists. Younger and less savvy creators are constantly at risk of having their work stolen, adding a new layer to the complicated and ongoing nature of copyright enforcement. Whereas famous stars have the luxury of public opinion and legal experts on their side it can be difficult to persuade judges and juries that a well-known figure would resort to stealing concepts from less established talent.


Conversely, serious attempts by studios to crack down on internet piracy have been met with harsh criticism by consumers, potentially hurting the reputation of the studios and producers themselves. Many trademark holders have resigned to simply put up with lost income due to piracy as a price of doing business. It is imperative that new solutions are created that can appeal to both the registered trademark owners and the fans themselves. Takedown notices and litigation can only be one part of comprehensive copyright enforcement.

Many think that proper copyright enforcement is too expensive and involved a process to benefit emerging talent, but oftentimes it is those types of creators that would benefit the most. Modern copyright enforcement companies such as Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG-TEK INTL.) are largely autonomous and have adapted their business models to benefit every potential level of content owner.

One of the greatest companies that offers solution the piracy issue is Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG-TEK INTL.) The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allows for the legal tracking of file exchanges online, and CEG-TEK offers comprehensive tracking software. This has solidified its reputation as one of the most ethical in the business. They are also one of a select number of similar businesses that offers some recovery of lost income due to piracy, made possible through settlements with leading infringers. CEG's ability to track infringements is remarkably accurate, and the data generated from this can provide invaluable business intelligent to those looking to protect their content investments online.

 

CEG TEK - Google Asked to Remove Their Own Takedown Notices


Content owners such as NBC/Universal and Lionsgate Entertainment have asked that Google stop using their automated DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notices to counter piracy. The notices, sent out to protect audio, video, images, logos, and data from copyright infringement, have been overzealous in their aims. Such notices are falsely targeting legitimate venues for content, and since the process is largely automated there's little in the way to stop it. Given the volume of web traffic it's very difficult to differentiate between legal and pirated content. It appears that content owners are seeing that inaccurate copyright protection could be even more damaging to businesses than not taking any firm stance at all. This is a serious blow to the field of online copyright enforcement when weak technology pushes content owners away from protecting their intellectual property.

Content of all kinds is essential to the success and popularity of the internet. These files are shared online by millions of users worldwide, but in many cases these exchanges are infringing on existing copyrights and registered trademarks. This is certainly poor news for content owners, and this piracy leads to a loss of revenue for content owners. This is why businesses are look to copyright enforcement companies such as CEG TEK INTL to provide adequate solutions.

The advancement of online anti-piracy has been a low and laborious one. Given the legality surrounding copyrights it's imperative that accuracy is unquestioned when takedown notices are sent. This often requires manual verification which can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes to do. That multiplied by thousands of DMCA complaints every day creates an enormous amount of time-consuming work, thus creating the need for reliable automation in this field.

Litigious battles against piracy have created a controversy in recent years as consumers have been haunted by the specter of takedown notices and extreme legal rulings. An infamous ruling over a pirated copy of the film 'X-Men Origins: Origins' resulted in jail time and tens of thousands of dollars in damages. This has created a negative connotation between copyright enforcement and excessive prosecution. In many cases takedown notices are the only tool used to fight piracy. Only in the most egregious examples are fines and settlements usually implemented. Sharing pirated materials is much more damaging to intellectual property than downloading pirated materials.
Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG) has developed proprietary software for the tracking of infringements online. CEG is then able to trace these downloads back to an individual computer, and from there takedown notices and settlement offers can be arranged. It is not uncommon for some companies to elect not to prosecute users with an eye towards monetization, because some would rather use the tracking software as a way to generate business intelligence about who is using their content. CEG TEK has one of the most sterling reputations within the copyright enforcement and is a rising brand. Their recent technological advances have guaranteed that they will remain an industry leader for years to come.


CEG TEK -  Piracy Tracked from Vatican Computers

 

The internet traffic reporting website Torrent Freak recently compiled and published data that links Vatican City to multiple instances of online piracy, including adult videos. This investigation followed unconfirmed rumors that Irish priests were downloading new feature films illegally for private viewing, further incriminating church officials with online piracy. For several decades Vatican City has functioned as an independent nation, allowing both residents and visitors to get away with this type of crime without fear of reprisal or legal action. Unlike other small nations that ignore copyright laws Vatican City is home to one of the most significant religious and ethical institutions in the modern world. It only adds fuel to the fire in the growing debate over whether copyright enforcement is an ethical issue as much as it is a legal issue.


Millions visit Vatican City every year, and it is currently unknown whether these downloads were committed by church officials, tourists, or one of the various workers and lay people that call Vatican City home. Copyright enforcement has become a global issue in recent years, and few content holders have been able to securely and ethically protect their materials from piracy. Countries throughout the world are taking more extreme measures to combat the rise in illegal file exchanges, but these types of actions have been heavily scrutinized by fans and the media alike. Still, these anti-piracy technologies persist and become harder to circumvent every day.


Many have criticized the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA,) a piece of legislation passed that enables the tracking of file exchanges online. While this was initially met with much skepticism the law has become a lynchpin in the battle against copyright infringements and piracy online. It has also allowed for the proliferation of anti-piracy encryption and software in all forms of digital media.


Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG-TEK INTL.) understands the importance of practical copyright enforcement, and over the past few years they have become one of the most trusted and important brands in the industry. Recovery of lost income due to piracy is more often than not becoming the goal of copyright enforcement online, but for successful monetization to occur that complete accuracy and verification of those involved are required. CEG-TEK has the most sophisticated tracking software in the field and works ethically within the guidelines of the DMCA to do so.


It is almost certain that the discussion over who has the right to duplicate digital content will continue for years and decades to come. In the meantime the data being compiled via the DMCA makes for extremely valuable business intelligence about who is downloading and sharing content online.


In light of recent events the world is watching Vatican City much more closely than ever. While it is up to individual responsibility to preserve the legacy and reputation of the Catholic Church there is still a need for content owners to properly protect their intellectual property. When online piracy takes place in a nation that does not obey copyright laws it seems like the war is already lost. Preventative measures and a strong partner in copyright enforcement go a long way.

 

Copyright Enforcement Group - Can Digital Goods Be Resold?



A federal judge has recently ruled in favor of content owners in a landmark case that sets precedent for online purchases for years to come. ReDigi, an online music platform designed to let users resell MP3 files that had once been legally purchased through iTunes, is under intense scrutiny from content owners and raises new questions about what rights consumers have over their digital purchases. The service, which launched in 2011, enables users to sell their MP3 files at a fraction of the price that new files would go for. Capitol Records has labeled ReDigi as a 'clearinghouse for law enforcement' and is suing the company for $150,000 per track.



ReDigi argues that their platform is protected by 'first-sale doctrine,' which has historically enabled consumers to resell used copyrighted material such as CDs or video games without violating existing registered trademarks or copyrights. A judge has ruled that ReDigi's business model is inherently unlawful, as digital audio, video, and any type of data must be duplicated before it can be resold and transferred online. It remains uncertain whether ReDigi will appeal this ruling, which cited the laws of physics as justification, but this decision's impact will be felt in similar copyright infringement cases for years to come.



This ruling follows recent patents by online media distributions such as Amazon and iTunes that will allow users to resell their content. Although the specifics of these services are still unknown, one would assume they allow the companies to maintain a greater degree of control over their content than unregulated digital sales might. Limited control over digital purchases has plagued consumers for a number of years, whether it be Apple limiting the number of devices that can use a purchased audio file or distribution services making it impossible to access some content after they go out of business. With so much uncertainty in the air many remain skeptical that these new patents will benefit consumers.



This is but one of many cases that have exempted digital content from the same rights and protection that physical media has enjoyed for decades. A fear of loss of income and monetization and piracy is lingering throughout the world of content ownership, and new solutions must be developed as business models continue to evolve. In an age where a logo can be repurposed as something that damages an entire brand it is imperative that a reliable copyright enforcement company be employed to protect content owners. One such company is Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG-TEK INTL.) which remains an industry leader in tracking infringements online and generating important business intelligence.



CEG-TEK is an ethical, reliable company that is leaps and bounds ahead of their competition. CEG works in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which allows for the legal tracking of all types of file exchanges online. Once a potential infringement is registered it is then manually confirmed by a highly trained content specialist. From there several different methods can be employed, including legal takedown notices being sent out. These types of actions have the potential to recoup lost income and monetization due to piracy, giving content owners a greater degree of control over their material. 

  

CEG TEK - President Bill Clinton Delivers Copyright Remarks at High-Profile Speech



Former President Bill Clinton delivered a provocative speech during the Creativity Conference, a half-day seminar hosted by the Motion Picture Association of America. In his remarks Clinton acknowledged the need for content producers to shift their economic and distribution models to reach the widest possible audience. In addition Clinton acknowledged “the need to give people an appropriate return on their ideas and development of them, and presentation of it, in film and music and in other areas, and the need to give it as quickly as possible to the world.” Specifically he cited recent crowd-funding successes, with young filmmakers around the world using the internet for public financing of their creative endeavors.


While careful to avoid words like 'piracy' and 'copyright infringement' Clinton's short speech made note of the newfound difficulties in protecting content online, especially for other nations less adherent to copyright laws. This speech was given before a collection of dignitaries, business leaders, and visionaries, including key members of Congress and several high-powered television executives. Copyright laws are often seen as unglamorous, but Clinton's speech marks one of the highest-profile discussions on the subject and where things may develop over the coming decades.


This discussion not only impacts content producers, but also software developers, home goods designers, and even pharmaceutical companies. Information can be spread at an astoundingly quick pace, creating a situation where any type of registered trademark or copyright can be infringed upon. Infringement of registered trademarks and copyrights is quite commonplace and businesses are losing a potentially amount of their income due to piracy. However, without the ability to monitor internet traffic it's almost impossible to know what impact illicit file exchanges are having on a company's bottom line. Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG TEK INTL) remains one of the few companies that is able to secure the protection and tracking of complicated software programs online. In addition, CEG remains an industry leader in terms of accuracy and ethics when pursuing copyright infringers. 


Meaningful business intelligence is incredibly valuable in today's marketplace, and this is one area where CEG TEK excels. This provides companies some possible recovery and monetization to content owners from their lost income. CEG works in accordance with the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and uses takedown notices to help remove infringing content from the internet. Protecting trademarks is becoming increasingly important in establishing a brand, and it seems that few companies are able to match the technological capabilities CEG has developed over the years. Regardless of the type of digital content, CEG should be the first choice for any content owner trying to protect their work online.


Although his words were chosen carefully. Clinton's speech will likely have a 'trickle-down' effect for other policy makers. Going forward it is expected that copyright law will become an even more important and contentious issue.


Copyright Enforcement Group - Research Shows Piracy Appeals to the Educated



Recent research by the APRA (the Australasian Performing Right Association) along with several other content research groups shows that a record 21% of adults claim they engage in online piracy. While statistics such as this can be difficult to verify the number shows an alarming trend normalcy as the torrenting of audio, video, images, logos, and even raw data has become standard for an entire generation. Most surprising however was when the study broke down frequent pirates by median income, with 30 percent, he highest percentage in the sampling, having an annual income of $100,000 a year or more. On average these people are better educated than their peers, showing that the problem is not limited to internet users who are poorer, such as students.

One conclusion drawn is that wealthier consumers have access to technology that enables them to pirate infringing content more easily, and live in areas with faster internet speeds and infrastructure. These downloads infringe on existing copyrights and registered trademarks, in some cases creating a dangerous loss of revenue for content owners. As a way to protect content from online sharing many businesses are looking to copyright enforcement companies such as CEG TEK INTL to provide solutions to this growing problem of piracy.

Another interesting number is that urban or metropolitan residents are more likely to download something from an illegal file-sharing site such as The Pirate Bay than their counterparts that are rurally-based. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom and suggests that access to content is not a motivating factor for those engaging in copyright infringement. Research continues to show alarming new trends for global piracy, creating a dire situation where reliable copyright enforcement agents are needed to help protect content owners.

Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG) uses powerful software for the tracking of infringements. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) enables CEG to trace these downloads back to an individual computer, and from there takedown notices or settlement offers can be arranged. Some companies choose not to prosecute users with an eye towards monetization, however, and prefer to use the tracking software as a way to generate business intelligence about who is using their content. Even something as simple as a logo can be stolen and used in foreign countries without permission, potentially injuring brands in a major way.

Based on 2011 numbers, the most recent available, Australia currently ranks as one of the top ten countries for P2P (peer to peer) copyright infringement, with over 750,000 infringing downloads catalogued for television content alone. The most popular series being infringed upon is HBO's Game of Thrones, which has become something of a sensation on torrenting websites due to the expensive subscription model HBO requires in other to watch it. While many have attributed Game of Thrones and its widespread piracy as a result of an expensive subscription-based model, it's very telling that a good portion of those infringing on the content are more than capable of affording the subscriptions themselves.



 

CEG TEK -  Apple Unveils iRadio


Apple CEO Tim Cook recently unveiled sweeping software changes to iPhones and iPad devices in hopes of keeping rising competitors Google and Microsoft from taking over their market share. A new operating system, IOS7, hopes to use a simpler interface that will appeal to a wider marketplace and will unveil iTunes Radio, a new web-music feature that will be available to users of Apple products. This new radio feature will only add to the growing concerns over artist compensation for digital music.

Piracy remains a huge concern for the music industry. Over a decade ago Napster helped to usher in the digital revolution, allowing internet users to freely download copyrighted music quickly and easily for the first time. The accessibility of digital music on Napster at a time when it was not readily available from record labels led to a steep decline in album sales. Given that this followed the resurgence of the music industry in the 1990's it made the decline in sales due to Napster even more severe. Years and millions of dollars were spent in the court trying to establish precedent for copyright infringement laws online, leading to the shutdown of Napster but the proliferation of countless sites in a similar vein. Today record labels face many challenges, one of which is the unauthorized recording and sharing of online radio music.

Similar to streaming music platforms such as Pandora or Sogza, iTunes Radio will offer ad-supported streaming music or ad-free streaming music with an annual subscription. By pairing the service with iTunes, one of the most widely-used digital music players, they hope to use information compiled on users musical tastes to give iTunes Radio listeners a customized radio station that reflects their tastes more accurately. Although iTunes Radio is likely to be encrypted, the fear of this music becoming spread illicitly is one worth responding to.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows for the tracking of internet usage and downloads, thus giving birth to the fastest growing area in the copyright enforcement business. Video, audio, data, images and logos are being shared online at record levels, oftentimes infringing on an existing trademark. Still, there are many who use torrenting software legally to share public domain of works that do not have a registered copyright.

As technology becomes more advanced and permeates our lives in so many ways, being able to sort through legal and illegal pirating is an enormous job. Using a combination of takedown notices, monetization and settles Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG-TEK INTL.) is able to help businesses with recovery of income lost to online piracy. In addition, CEG's tracking data is enormously valuable business intelligence and has helped solidify them as a brand. Their solutions and protection enable content producers to create a more aggressive online presence without fear of revenue loss.

Apple's ability to integrate technology and cultural savvy promises to make iTunes Radio a fierce contender in the ever-evolving marketplace for digital music. It remains to be seen what ethical and legal hurdles will need to be traversed in order to satisfy the needs of both consumers and content owners.



Zazzle Removes NSA PRISM Shirt for IP Infringement



PRISM, the NSA program charged with retrieving user information from internet users throughout the country and the world, has found itself involved in an unusual case of intellectual property infringement. Earlier this week Max Read, a write for the popular website Gawker, created a homemade t-shirt featuring the government program's logo to sell on the website Zazzle. Created largely in jest, the shirt sold a total of three copies before being removed from the website entirely. When pressed about the reason behind the removal Zazzle cited 'infringement claims.

Zazzle is a print-on-demand clothing manufacturer, and lets users put any image or logo they might want on a clothing item of their choice. The website is frequently targeted by patent and copyright lawyers, as users have been known to include copyrighted or protected images in their clothing designs. However, this is the first known instance of Zazzle removing clothing that features a government logo. While creating merchandise bearing government logos is strictly forbidden (but loosely enforced) by law, it is unknown and wildly speculated as to who filed the infringement claim against Zazzle in the first place. 

What's more, the PRISM logo was itself stolen without consent. The logo's main image, that of light reflecting through a prism, was first a photograph created by British television host Adam Hart-Davis before it appropriated by a federal agency. As the political climate on the internet grows increasingly hostile advocates are needed to stand up and protect content owners from their works being misappropriated, whether that be an individual protecting their creative work or a government agency trying to maintain their image in the public eye. 

In the world of online piracy there is a growing demand for audio, video, images and data. Every major brand with registered trademarks is at risk of losing income to copyright infringements online. Some are working on technological solutions and allowing protection for those in the business world who have never had it before. CEG TEK INTL is one of those companies, and their tracking software creates business intelligence about how many people are downloading files illegally and who they are. 

Copyright Enforcement Group works in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), allowing for the supervision and tracking of online file exchanges. CEG will track these and work towards the monetization of lost income due to piracy, often resulting in takedown notices to remove the infringing files from online servers. These can be files as large as a feature film, or as simple as a logo. It is the simple act of sharing these files that can result is an enormous loss of revenue unless businesses take action quickly. 

While this Zazzle incident is minor in the grand scheme, it is indicative of the types of challenges content owners face looking forward. By partnering with a reliable copyright enforcement agent one is able to protect their creative works from infringement and secure their investments in the long run. 



CEG TEK - Avatar Targeted by $50 Million Copyright Lawsuit

Avatar, the 2009 science-fiction film that is the highest grossing feature film of all time, is under fire in a $50 million copyright lawsuit by popular album cover artist Richard Dean. Dean, who has worked on album covers for bands such as Asia and Yes, believes that his fantasy landscapes are the direct and un-credited inspiration for Avatar's acclaimed imagery. Along with copyright infringement Dean has also claimed breach of implied contract, unfair competition, unjust enrichment and contributory infringement. 20th Century Fox, which produced the film, and director James Cameron, have also been targeted in the suit. This adds another headache to Cameron and Fox, which have been subject to several high-profile lawsuits since Avatar's debut, most of which have dealt with copyright infringement claims from screenwriters.

Although it was an unparalleled box office success Avatar has sharply divided critics and audiences since its debut. Many have attacked the film's story, which they felt was too broad, and which heavily touched on repetitive themes of conservation. Many have claimed to have come up with the idea of Avatar themselves, but thus far Cameron and 20th Century Fox have been able to win court judgments or settle out of court. Richard Dean's suit stands as one of the largest filed, but with follow-up films, merchandise, and theme park licensing Avatar remains one of the largest and most profitable franchises of its kind in the industry.

20th Century Fox has vast resources available to defend itself from copyright lawsuits, but much monetization and potential income is being lost every day by the studio online. Popular torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay have made the original film available for illicit download online. These minor downloads eventually add up, and it can become difficult for any content owner to protect their investments into intellectual property. Some businesses have offered solutions to this problem, as new technology has allowed for the ability to verify an internet user's identity, something essential for copyright enforcement.

As a way to protect content from online sharing many businesses are looking to copyright enforcement companies such as CEG TEK INTL to provide new solutions to this growing problem of piracy. Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG) uses powerful software for the tracking of infringements. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) enables CEG to trace these downloads back to an individual computer, and from there takedown notices or settlement offers can be arranged. Some companies choose not to prosecute users with an eye towards monetization, but others prefer to use the tracking software as a way to generate business intelligence about who is using their content. CEG TEK has a sterling reputation within the copyright enforcement world, and their recent technological advances have guaranteed that they will remain an industry leader for years to come. 

The largest the success in entertainment the more likely it is that they will be targeted with accusations of infringement. Regardless of the size or scope of a project it is imperative that content owners find a reliable copyright enforcement partner to help shepherd them through the difficulties of producing art in the modern age.