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Supreme Court to Resolve Copyright Registration Circuit Split

On Thursday, June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that should resolve the long-standing question of whether a copyright plaintiff must have a …
By Jake Wharton
2 months ago 1

Amazon.com: A Retail Giant With Major Counterfeit, Piracy and Data Privacy Issues

It’s not just counterfeits of gadgets or luxury fashion items available for sale on Amazon, lining the already deep pockets of Bezos. As we’ve noted …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

Graffiti: Copyrightable Art, Illegal Activity, or Both?

While existing graffiti may indeed provide a tempting edge for a new marketing campaign, or as the backdrop for a great commercial, companies will need to decide …
By Katie Scholz
2 months ago 5

Judge Allows Zorro Copyright Claims to Move Forward Against Original Zorro Copyright Owner

On Friday, May 11th, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila entered an order deciding motions made in a copyright case involving competing musical productions based on the …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Copyright and Fair Use in the Age of YouTube

The opinion acknowledges, in a footnote on page 3, that videos of the type that the Klein's created, is not unique. Instead, it is part of a growing …
By Katie Scholz
3 months ago 3

A Costly Haircut

Lebron James and Nick Saban are well-known for dominance in their respective sports of basketball and college football. Recently they found themselves opposing each other in an …
By Andrew Warren
3 months ago 0

Making your Markle: Royal emblems and souvenirs

Souvenir manufacturers need to ensure that consumers are not misled into believing that the Royal Family has commissioned or otherwise endorsed their souvenirs. A breach of the …

Image Rights: Valuable Intellectual Property

The cult of celebrity keeps creating more and more wealth. And concurrent with protecting that, 'Image Rights”'have been receiving a lot of publicity – as well as …
By Kelvin King & Raymond Weisner
4 months ago 0

Proof of Existence Is Not Proof of Ownership

There is a dangerous movement afoot; the idea that registration of your images on the blockchain is a cheap and simple alternative to registration with the United …
By Joe Naylor
4 months ago 2

How is intellectual property valued when selling a business?

Intellectual property (IP) often represents one of the largest asset classes that a company holds, and unlocking its value is a key element in any business sale. …
By Keith Tully
4 months ago 0

Seinfeld Moves to Dismiss Copyright Claims over ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

In early February, a copyright complaint was filed in the Southern District of New York against comedian Jerry Seinfeld and a series of companies involved with the …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 3

The Music Modernization Act is Introduced Into U.S. House, Would Create Blanket Licenses for Streaming Music Services

a bipartisan group of Representatives serving on the House Judiciary Committee introduced the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) into the U.S. House of Representatives. Along with …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Copyright Case Against Broadway Musical ‘Anastasia’ Moves Forward

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein entered an opinion and order denying summary judgment in the Southern District of New York in a case involving the stage …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 1

How Not to Copy: What is Fair and What is Fair Use?

These issues of fairness and fair use are played out in the recent Oracle v. Google decision. In a convoluted case that has gone up to the …
By Raymond Van Dyke
5 months ago 0

Pepe the Frog Creator Files Copyright Suit Against Infowars over Use of Pepe Likeness on Donald Trump Poster

Artist Matt Furie, the creator of the Pepe the Frog anthropomorphic frog character that has gained notoriety for its use in Internet memes, filed a complaint for …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

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