Posts in Copyright


Ed Sheeran targeted by heirs of ‘Let’s Get It On’ co-writer in copyright infringement suit

On Tuesday, August 9th, Ed Sheeran was named as a defendant in a copyright lawsuit filed by three heirs of American singer-songwriter Lee Townsend. Townsend, who passed …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 0

FTC and DOJ Antitrust Division Seek Comment on Proposed Update to IP Licensing Guidelines

The IP Licensing Guidelines, which state the agencies’ antitrust enforcement policy with respect to the licensing of intellectual property protected by patent, copyright, and trade secret law …

How do Estates Monetize Images and Intellectual Property of Dead Celebrities?

With the deaths of Prince and David Bowie earlier in the year, the process by which celebrity estates monetize the images and other intellectual property (IP) of …
By Derek Handova
19 days ago 1

The Last VCR: The final punctuation on the rise and fall of old-school home video

Reports from Japanese media indicate that Osaka-based Funai Electric (TYO:6839) will cease production of videocassette recorders (VCRs) by the end of the month. The company cited a …
By Steve Brachmann
30 days ago 3

Using ‘Borrowed’ Images in Your Blog

An engaging image, be it a photograph or other graphic, can capture the reader’s attention and drive interest in an online post. Bloggers, especially, are well …
By Leonard Marquez
30 days ago 1

The Most Famous Song in the World Set Free: Impacts of the Happy Birthday to You Settlement

On June 30th, Judge George King of the Central District of California entered the Final Order and Judgment in the matter of Good Morning to You Productions …

Patent litigation returning to pre-2013 levels, says Lex Machina

During 2016’s second quarter, plaintiffs filed a total of 1,282 patent infringement cases in U.S. district court. This is a 33 percent increase in the 958 patent cases filed …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

NYIPLA Proposes Supreme Court Adopt a New Test for Copyright Protection in Cheerleader Uniform Case

This case concerns Star Athletica’s alleged infringement of Varsity Brands’ purported copyrights in the design of certain cheerleading uniforms. Under the Copyright Act, because clothing possesses …

Uber IP: A primer on the patents, trademarks and copyrights owned by Uber

Uber has also obtained design patent protection for its user interfaces. The user interfaces would not be eligible for protection under trademark law, therefore, design patent protection …
By Audrey Ogurchak
1 month ago 1

IBM files patent application for method to stop printing of copyrighted material

Although the type of copyright infringement that gets the most attention today in our digital age is the downloading of music and/or movies, infringement of print …
By Gene Quinn & Benjamin Joe
2 months ago 2

The Top 25 Best Songs of All Time

The premise is simple. Turn on the radio this weekend and many, if not most, radio stations will be counting down the top songs of all time …
By Bruce Kisliuk
2 months ago 9

Clinton tech agenda supports STEM education, infrastructure upgrades for Internet access

Clinton’s tech agenda revolves around five main points that she hopes will lead to American dominance in research and development as well as overall innovation. First, …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 7

Capitol Records v. Vimeo: Courts Should Stop Coddling Bad Actors in Copyright Cases

Just how much knowledge about piracy on its system does an online service provider need before it loses its safe harbor protection, which severely limits its potential …
By Devlin Hartline
2 months ago 1

Supreme Court Emphasizes Objective Reasonableness for Fee Awards in Copyright Litigation

Justice Kagan stated as one primary factor that a District Court should put substantial weight on the reasonableness of the losing party’s position. The lower courts …
By Jon Tandler
2 months ago 0

Objective reasonableness important factor in awarding attorney’s fees in copyright litigation

In exercising this discretion the Supreme Court held that district courts should consider the objective reasonableness of the losing party’s position, but that the objective reasonableness …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0