Imagine that you work for a company that is doing promotions for an event. In several of your advertising videos you use the songs of a famous band. You assume that you and your company are following all of the necessary laws until one day you receive a cease-and-desist letter stating that you infringed on the band’s work. But how could this have happened and what could have been done differently to prevent the possibly difficult litigation that could soon follow?
Intellectual property laws may not seem like something the band Van Halen would be into but a recent lawsuit filed by the famous rock band shows why different types of groups and organizations should understand how intellectual property laws can protect their best interests.