Posts in Copyright


Trademarks are for Sellers: Banksy Store Created for Trademark Defense Fails to Protect ‘Flower Thrower’

One of street artist Banksy's most iconic images—a mural sprayed on a Jerusalem building of a protester preparing to hurl flowers—failed to win trademark approval …
By Bruce Berman
5 hours ago 0

Unexpectedly Active IP Legal Market Bucks Recession Trends and Boosts Outlook

At the onset of the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic in early March 2020, the legal community immediately became concerned about its economic prospects. Particularly in the intellectual property (…
By Geoffrey Lottenberg
2 days ago 0

‘Myspace Laws in a Tik Tok World’ – Tillis asks Amy Coney Barrett about Patent Eligibility and Copyright Law

This afternoon on Capitol Hill, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Senate Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Subcommittee, had …
By Gene Quinn
6 days ago 15

Voices, Copyrighting and Deepfakes

Jay-Z recently tried to have a YouTube video removed for copyright violations. When YouTuber Voice Synthesis used an open-source program, Tacotron 2, to digitally impersonate Jay-Z's iconic voice …
By Ivy Attenborough
7 days ago 0

Justices Look for Reassurance That the Sky Won’t Fall When They Rule in Google v. Oracle

Google and Oracle each got to have their say in U.S. Supreme Court today, when eight justices heard oral argument in the closely-watched battle between the …
By Eileen McDermott
13 days ago 5

House Judiciary Committee Steps into Copyright Reform Debate

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing titled “Copyright and the Internet in 2020: Reactions to the Copyright Office’s Report …
By Rebecca Tapscott
19 days ago 0

California Court’s Finding of Fair Use for Nicki Minaj Affirms Public Benefit of Artistic Experimentation

In a ruling earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips of the Central District of California granted partial summary judgment in favor of Onika …
By Steve Brachmann
22 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: House Judiciary Committee to Review Copyright Office Section 512 Report, Senate Committees Consider Copyright Small Claims Proposal and Subpoenas for Big Tech CEOs

This week in Washington IP events, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing at noon on Wednesday to explore the findings of the Copyright Office’s …
By IPWatchdog
22 days ago 0

Google’s Fair Use Shell Game

Google has admitted it copied over 11,000 lines of Oracle’s creative Java code to build its Android smartphone platform, that it makes commercial use of the code …
By Steven Tepp
26 days ago 4

Senate IP Subcommittee Continues Search for Balance on Potential Copyright Reforms

On September 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held a hearing titled “Are Reforms to Section 1201 Needed and Warranted?”, which continued the Subcommittee’s …
By Rebecca Tapscott
29 days ago 1

Shira Perlmutter to Head U.S. Copyright Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that Shira Perlmutter, the Office’s Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, has been chosen …
By IPWatchdog
29 days ago 0

Ninth Circuit Holds that Jersey Boys Did Not Infringe ‘Protected Expressive Elements’ of Autobiographical Book

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a decision on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0

Pursuing a Better Harmonization of Copyright Law and Communications Law

Until 1976, the worlds of American copyright and communications law operated largely in parallel universes. Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress is vested with the power “[t]o …
By Stuart N. Brotman
1 month ago 0

Google: An Oracle of Wisdom in its Fascinating Submission to the European Commission

On June 2, the European Commission launched a far-reaching consultation as part of its examination of a forthcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), aimed at identifying areas where new …
By Neil Turkewitz
1 month ago 1

Four Out of Eight Doesn’t Cut It: The IP Safeguards that Most Lawyers Miss When Protecting Software

Software is an extremely valuable good for those who produce it because it provides value to the software’s end users. That value, however, also makes it …
By Marty Mellican
2 months ago 3