Eagles Sue Hotel California for Trademark Infringement

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The Baja hotel isn't affiliated with the famous song. read more. THR, Esq. Music Home Music THR Online

Asked and Answered: Parody/Satire and copyright infringement.

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: When does a parody of someone else’s material infringe on their copyright? Simply put, if a new work copies the work of another, it infringes the copyright in that work… BUT, in the U.S., Asked and Answered: Parody/Satire and copyright infringement.

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Pepe the Frog Artist Suing InfoWars for Copyright Infringement

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Matt Furie says his "peaceful frog-dude" was co-opted in a poster featuring Pepe alongside InfoWars founder Alex Jones, President Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, and others. read more. THR, Esq. Business Culture Politics Business THR Online

Kogan on How Photographs Infringe

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Kogan, University of Utah College of Law, is publishing How Photographs Infringe in volume 19 of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law (2017). Terry S.

'Walking Dead' Producer Sues for Trademark Infringement

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The name 'Valhalla' is at the center of the dispute. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

'Zorro' Licensor, in Role Reversal, Faces Trial for Copyright Infringement

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A court decision on Friday represents the latest in a two-decades-long feud over what's in the public domain and what's not. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Spotify Hit With Two Lawsuits Claiming "Staggering" Copyright Infringement

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The plaintiffs, including a founding member of the group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, call the streaming giant's recent $43 million settlement with publishers and songwriters an "empty gesture." read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Tech Business THR Online

Asked & Answered: Mechanics of copyright infringement suit.

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: What are the mechanics of a copyright infringement law suit? based writer believes his work has been infringed by a person or entity in the U.S. Generally, an aggreived party (Plaintiff) can file suit for copyright infringement against a U.S. based infringer (Defendant) in the Federal Court district in which the Defendant resides, or where the Defendant has certain ‘minimum contacts’ (Copyright is federal law, so the federal courts have jurisdiction).

Epstein on Social Media and "Flash Infringement"

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Epstein, Southwestern Law School, has published Social Media and 'Flash Infringement': Live Music Culture and Dying IP Protection in volume 3 of Belmont Law Review (2016). Michael M.

Re-Thinking IP Infringement

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Wagner, CUNY Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, Department of Law, are publishing Intellectual Property Infringement as Vandalism in the Stanford Technology Law Review. Irina D. Manta, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, and Robert E. Here is the abstract

Hollywood Sign Owner Cries Foul Over Ad Agency 'Infringement'

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11.9999. Normal. false. false. false. Visit the website for The Brooklyn Brothers, a New York ad agency, and you’ll find a splash page. announcing their new Hollywood venture, called BB Hollywood.

NBCUniversal Sues Company for Infringing on "NBCU" Trademark

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No, the company isn't suing itself. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

Music Labels Sue Fit Radio for "Massive Scale" Copyright Infringement

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The labels say the fitness app is an unlicensed interactive streaming service. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Jury Finds 'Jersey Boys' Creators Liable for Copyright Infringment

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The amount of damages, if any, to be awarded has not yet been determined. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online

Frye on Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism

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Copyright infringement and plagiarism are related but distinct concepts. Brian L. Frye, University of Kentucky College of Law, is publishing Plagiarism is Not a Crime at 54 Duquesne University Law Review 133 (2016). Here is the abstract.

Register your DMCA Agent by December 31 or risk losing your “safe-harbor” protection against copyright infringement lawsuits.

Gordon P. Firemark

Operators of sites with a registered DMCA Agent can benefit from a “safe harbor” providing immunity from certain kinds of infringement suits if they comply with some basic protocols. The post Register your DMCA Agent by December 31 or risk losing your “safe-harbor” protection against copyright infringement lawsuits. Earlier this year, the copyright office finalized the plan to modernize the process for registering your DMCA Agent.

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Kind Sues Cliff For Trade Dress Infringement

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Kind, LLC thinks new product packaging from competitor Cliff Bar & Company is an infringement on the KIND brand trade dress shown above. Currently Cliff Bar & Company packages their MOJO bar with a half-moon transparent opening.

Appeals Court: ISPs Don't Get Copyright Shield Without Enforcement of Meaningful Repeat Infringer Policy

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The 4th Circuit issues a huge piracy ruling and wipes out a $25 million verdict against Cox Communications because of erroneous jury instruction. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Music Tech Business THR Online

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Hulu wins patent infringement case

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Hulu has survived a patent infringement lawsuit brought by a company. By Eriq Gardner Hulu might not be the favorite website of TV creators like Steve Levitan ("Modern Family"), but the studio-owned video platform has a fan in federal court.

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Gray on Copyright Infringement and the First Amendment: User-Generated Content and DMCA Interpretation @StanfordLaw

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Megan Gray, Stanford Center for Internet & Society; Gray Matters, has published Copyright Infringement and the First Amendment: User-Generated Content and DMCA Interpretation -- Youtube.

Malcom X Heirs Sue for Copyright Infringement and Injunction

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copyright copyright infringement Copyright Copyright Litigation Entertainment lawsuit estate planning The Heirs of Malcom X sue to stop the publication of key portions of Malcom X’s diaries.

Know Thy Software Vendor: Website Operator Cannot Sidestep Copyright Infringement Claims over Link to Allegedly Infringing Software

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Last month, a New York district court refused to dismiss most of the copyright infringement claims asserted against a website operator based on an allegation that the website linked to an infringing copy of plaintiff’s software stored on a third-party’s servers. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant used an infringing version of its software to display the welcome video on its website.

Deadmau5 Sues Vape Company for Trademark Infringement

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The deadmodz vape brand is confusing deadmau5 fans who think the electronic music star is behind the electronic cigarette line, according to the lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

IP Infringement and Differing Audiences

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Lemley, Stanford Law School, are publishing The Audience in Intellectual Property Infringement in volume 112 of the Michigan Law Review (2014). Jeanne C. Fromer, New York University School of Law, and Mark A. Here is the abstract. Every IP right

Judge Overturns Jury's Verdict That 'Jersey Boys' Is a Copyright Infringement

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After nearly a decade in court, a Nevada judge decides that producers, writers and the director of the hit musical fairly used an unpublished biography. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

Denicola on Volition and Copyright Infringement

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Robert Denicola, University of Nebraska College of Law, is publishing Volition and Copyright Infringement in volume 37 of the Cardozo Law Review. Here is the abstract. When should Internet service providers or other system owners be directly liable for copyright

The NBA. Where Copyright Infringement Happens?

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The NBA on TNT recently introduced a series of new commercials for the 2009-10 NBA season. The commercials star Rainn Wilson , famous for his role as Dwight Schrute on The Office , alongside NBA stars Gilbert Arenas, Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, and Derrick Rose.

Gucci Fights Back Against Widespread Trademark Infringement

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filed a lawsuit against the ex-wife (Jenny) and daughter (Gemma) of Italian fashion icon Paolo Gucci alleging both trademark infringement and dilution, U.S. The allegedly infringing marks appear on a line of cosmetics, bedding, handbags, and a variety of other goods.

Music Composition and Copyright Infringement

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Mary's University School of Law, has published An Empirical Examination of the Lay Listener Test in Music Composition Copyright Infringement. Jamie Lund, St. Here is the abstract. Music recordings consist of two distinct copyright protections: (1) a copyright in the

Asked & Answered: My Film’s been infringed. What now?

Gordon P. Firemark

So, assuming copyright protection remains in force, it’s really a matter of determining whether the offending activity amounts to copyright infringement. Copyright infringement is the unauthorized copying, distribution, performance/display or making of derivative works based on the original work. Marketing of products is unlikely to be considered copyright infringement unless it actually involves a COPY of the film, or a portion thereof.

New Zealand National Party Ordered to Pay for Infringing Eminem's "Lose Yourself"

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It's official: Eminem is truly an original. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Politics Business THR Online

Asked & Answered: protection of work against foreign infringement

Gordon P. Firemark

A: Actually, filing with the WGA affords minimal protection against infringement. The problem is that it may be harder and more expensive to pursue copyright infringement in foreign courts. Q: As most writer’s work is filed with either the WGA or copyrighted through the USPTO, how does one protect their work from an overseas company asking to see your screenplay?

Frito Lay Lost Chip Design Trademark and Patent Infringement Case

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was unsuccessful in their claim that Ralcorp Holdings’ snack chip infringed the “Scoops” design trademark or patent for the process of making a formed snack chip. Plano, Texas based Frito Lay, Inc.

Grumpy Cat Brings Grumpy Lawsuit Over Infringement of Intellectual Property

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The famous feline — or her owners — target a coffee company allegedly not living up to a licensing deal. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

YouTube Again Beats Viacom's Massive Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

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After an appellate court revived Viacom''s claims that YouTube hosted copyright infringing work, U.S. District judge Louis Stanton has again given the defendant a victory. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

Does Law Ratchet Infringe Bloggers’ Copyrights?

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Yesterday, I wrote a post here about the debut of Law Ratchet, a site that aggregates legal news and blog posts. Afterwards, a reader emailed me asking a key question my post did not address — that of whether Law Ratchet is violating the copyrights of the publishers and bloggers whose stories it is picking up. For [.]. General

Nikki Finke website sues for copyright infringement

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parent company of Finke's Deadline.com, filed a copyright infringement suit today in U.S. By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke has just launched another legal attack. Mail.com Media Corp., District Court in Los Angeles against Arthur Meyerovich and Alina.

'Buckaroo Banzai' Creators Claim MGM Infringed Copyright by Shopping TV Series

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Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter say in court papers that the early 80s deal with MGM was a limited one. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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Fugees Co-Founder Sues Showtime for Copyright Infringement

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Pras Michel says the network has been illegally exploiting his documentary. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

@music_canada Wins $66 million Settlement Against Massive Infringer Isohunt and Founder — Artist Rights Watch

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Massive infringer Isohunt and its founder Gary Fung agreed to a consent order with the Supreme Court of British Columbia finding him liable for infringing the copyrights of over two dozen Canadian and international labels. via @music_canada Wins $66 million Settlement Against Massive Infringer Isohunt and Founder — Artist Rights Watch

'House of Cards' Distributor Sued for Trademark Infringement

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A Massachusetts company wants the court to order distributors of 'House of Cards' to stop using the phrase and destroy any physical or digital materials that bear the mark. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online House of Cards

ECJ Ruling On Copyright: Intermediaries Can Be Held Liable For Third Party Infringement

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The European Court of Justice has ruled that those who facilitate sharing of copyrighted material may be liable for infringement. See the decision here, Stichting Verein v. S4ALL Internet BV. The Court pointed out that parts of Directive 2001/29 protects

TNT Settles 'Falling Skies' Font Infringement Lawsuit

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A deal ends German designer's lawsuit over the allegedly wrong use of font software on the verge of the series' second season. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business TNT Falling Skies