Posts in Copyright


Legal Recourse Options After An IP Infringement Take Down Notice

When infringement claims are legitimate, Take Downs can be a useful mechanism for getting counterfeit or infringing products taken off the online retail platform website. In turn, …
By Andrew Rapacke
2 days ago 0

Photo Sharing on Social Media & Copyright Infringement: What You Need to Know

With new social media platforms and photo sharing apps becoming more and more popular, the risk of copyright infringement through the sharing of photos is more present …

The Unimagined Consequences of Star Athletica’s ‘Imaginative Separability’ Test

Like other opinions in the IP arena, the Supreme Court’s decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands has created a new legal rule with limited practical …
By Doris Estelle Long
6 days ago 1

Disney Slams Characters for Hire for Tarnishing the Disney Image

One of the interesting theories posed by the case is Character for Hire’s claimed right to use Disney characters, which derive from Norse mythology or centuries-old …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
12 days ago 1

Bruno Mars, Warner Music Named Defendants in a Copyright Lawsuit Over Social Media Photo

On November 20th, both Peter Gene Hernandez, the American singer-songwriter-producer who goes by the professional name Bruno Mars, and New York City-based Warner Music Inc. were named …
By Steve Brachmann
15 days ago 0

Creators of This Is Spinal Tap sue Vivendi for $400M over breach of contract, declaratory judgment of copyright reversion claims

On Thursday, October 19th, the creators of the 1984 rock band mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap filed a second amended complaint against French mass media company Vivendi SA (…
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Characters for Hire cite to Naked Cowboy in fighting Disney’s claims of copyright, trademark infringement

Characters for Hire also argued that the trademark infringement claims lacked the essential element of confusion. Citing to Naked Cowboy v. CBS, a case decided in Southern …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 5

Lex Machina Q3 litigation update shows effects of TC Heartland, Oil States on patent case filings

Although patent litigation levels through the first nine months of 2017 have largely remained consistent with patterns from recent years, it does appear that the number of patent …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

Protecting Branded Apparel IP Assets: Pursuing Counterfeiters and Their Profits

Branded apparel companies face many challenges in protecting their IP assets, including the unavailability of copyright protection for fashion designs, the length of time necessary to secure …

Facebook announces three firms will integrate with Rights Manager for automated protection of copyrighted content

Early this October, Facebook announced a partnership with three entities that will be integrated with the Rights Manager suite to offer rights management as a service on …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Digital Resale & Copyrights: Why the Second Circuit Won’t Buy It

In 2011, ReDigi Inc. introduced technology that effectively attempted to establish a secondary market for “used” digital music files, where owners who had legally downloaded music files from …
By Lee Burgunder
2 months ago 5

Did The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Steal the Movie Inside Out?

Robins Kaplan LLP filed an Amended Complaint detailing allegations that The Walt Disney Company and Pixar misappropriated the central concept and characters behind the animated hit movie …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
3 months ago 1

2017 Beijing International Book Fair sees an increase in copyright deals since last year’s event

The Beijing International Book Fair is one of the largest and fastest growing trade shows for the book publishing industry across the globe and 2017 marked the 24th …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

PETA, photographer settle copyright ownership of monkey selfie

A complaint was filed in the Northern District of California on behalf of Naruto, at the time a six-year-old crested macaque residing in the Tangkoko Reserve located …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3

China’s copyright regulator tells foreign and domestic music companies to improve copyright licensing, reducing piracy

In mid-September, the federal government of the People’s Republic of China issued statements which indicate that the country is looking to expand upon recent rhetoric over …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1