David Kluft

David Kluft

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Harry Potter Lawsuits And Where To Find Them

On July 31, 2015, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, according to muggle sources. The enormous success of Rowling’s literary creation and its associated multimedia empire has spawned countless...more

7/27/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Fair Use First Amendment FTC Harry Potter Intellectual Property Litigation Intellectual Property Protection Trademark Infringement Trademark Litigation Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks Young Lawyers

Right of Publicity Claims by Athletes Nearly Shut Out in 2015

When we published our Sue-per Bowl post, 2015 looked like it would be a good year for right of publicity claims brought by athletes. On January 6, 2015, the Ninth Circuit in Davis v. Electronic Arts held that the First...more

7/6/2015 - Athletes College Athletes First Amendment Media Michael Jordan NCAA NFL Right of Publicity Television Broadcast Stations

Copyright Law: The Silent © in Same-Sex Marriage

Last week, the focus of the legal world was not on intellectual property, to put it mildly. However, copyright law did have a small and somewhat silent, but still important, role in the Supreme Court jurisprudence that led to...more

6/29/2015 - Copyright Obergefell v. Hodges Popular The Copyright Act US v Windsor Young Lawyers

Political Speech, Trademarks And The Definition of “Goods or Services”

Last month witnessed the resolution of two trademark infringement cases involving the relationship between political activities and the definition of “goods or services.” On May 18, 2015, State Senator Steve Hershey gave up...more

6/2/2015 - First Amendment Hersheys Lanham Act Trade Dress Trademark Infringement Trademark Litigation Trademarks Young Lawyers

Digilante Justice: Defamation By Camera Phone

Earlier this month, a man in Melbourne, Australia decided to take his very first selfie next to a Darth Vader poster at a local shopping center. A nearby shopper mistakenly thought that the man was taking pictures of her...more

5/28/2015 - Cell Phones Defamation Fox Broadcasting Selfies Young Lawyers

“Hollywood Circuit” Court Issues En Banc Decision in Garcia v. Google: No Copyright Protection for Fleeting Dramatic Performance

On May 18, 2015, the Ninth Circuit sitting en banc vacated its prior decision in Garcia v. Google. The prior decision, authored by Judge Alex Kozinksi, controversially held that an actress had standing to issue a DMCA...more

5/19/2015 - Actors Authorship Copyright DMCA Film Industry Garcia v Google Google Independent Films Movies Young Lawyers YouTube

Eleventh Circuit Mops the Floor With Invalidity Ruling: Faux-Hardwood Gets Copyright Protection

Last year, the District Court in Home Legend v. Mannington Mills gave three reasons for its holding that the designs on faux-hardwood flooring material, which are intended to look like real maple floors, were not subject to...more

5/18/2015 - Copyright Photographs

The Bermuda Triangle of Online Defamation: Copyright, Clickwrap and the CDA

We have written many times about attempts to use copyright law to do what defamation law can’t: take stuff down from the internet. Because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”) prevents a defamation plaintiff...more

4/27/2015 - Clickwrap Agreements Communications Decency Act Copyright Copyright Infringement Corporate Counsel Defamation Defamation Act DMCA Internet Internet Service Providers ISPs Popular Young Lawyers

Carta de Error! Copyright Takedown Notice To iTunes May Give Rise to Misrepresentation Liability

Section 512(f) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes parties who issue copyright takedown notices liable for any “knowing” misrepresentations in those notices. However, the Ninth Circuit in Rossi v. Motion Picture...more

4/20/2015 - Apple Copyright Copyright Infringement DMCA Film Industry iTunes Misrepresentation Motion Picture Industry Section 512 Takedown Notices Young Lawyers

Three’s Company But Two’s a Crowd: Theatrical Parodies of Copyrighted Works

In our Oscar litigation post a few weeks ago, we made a passing reference to MGM v. Showcase Atlanta Coop. Prods., Inc., 479 F.Supp. 351 (N.D. Ga. 1979). In that case, the Northern District Court of Georgia held that the play...more

4/8/2015 - Copyright Entertainment Industry Parody Television Shows

Default Is In Our Stars: Allegedly Overreaching Copyright Claimants Fail to Show

Taking legal action to enforce a copyright is often an expensive proposition so, before you go down that road, you better make sure you own the copyright in question. But what if you have already initiated copyright...more

3/10/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Default Judgment

And the Lawsuit Goes to . . . An Oscar-Time Guide to “Best Picture” Intellectual Property Litigation

The film that wins the Best Picture Oscar this year is certain to attract more viewers and more box office receipts than it had before receiving the award. But Best Picture winners also tend to attract more lawsuits,...more

2/17/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Film Industry Movies Popular

Sue-per Bowl Shuffle 2014: The Year in NFL-Related Intellectual Property Litigation

Heading into this year’s Super Bowl party season, there are two things every lawyer should be concerned about. First, why can’t your team get it together? Second, what do you do if you are asked to explain to your friends and...more

1/20/2015 - Athletes Blackhorse v Pro-Football Class Action Communications Decency Act Copyright Copyright Infringement Defamation DMCA IP License License Agreements NCAA NFL Popular Public Performance Rights Source Code TheDirty.Com Trademark Infringement Trademark Litigation Trademarks Video Games Video Recordings

Massachusetts High Court Upholds Cyberharassment Conviction Based on False Craigslist Ads

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has upheld the conviction of an Andover couple for violation of the Commonwealth’s criminal harassment statute by, among other things, posting fake ads on Craigslist. In brushing...more

1/5/2015 - Craigslist Criminal Prosecution False Advertising First Amendment Harassment

A Trap For Santa: The First Santa Claus IP Fight

At this time of year, you may be wondering about the first intellectual property case involving Santa Claus. And even if you are not, we are going to tell you....more

12/16/2014 - Intellectual Property Litigation Licenses Popular

A Trademark Year in Wine and Beer: Our 2014 Holiday Buyer’s Guide to Disputed Beverages

If you are hosting or attending a party this holiday season, you probably need to pick up something to drink. This year, why not pick up a conversation starter as well? See if your local liquor store (in our neck of the...more

12/8/2014 - Beer Domain Names Infringement Likelihood of Confusion Personal Jurisdiction Popular Trademarks Wine & Alcohol

Court Rejects Glenn Beck’s “Limited Purpose” and “Involuntary” Public Figure Theories in Marathon Bombing Defamation Case

This week, Judge Patti B. Saris of the District of Massachusetts denied a motion to dismiss a defamation action that had been brought by Abdulrahman Alharbi against radio and television personality Glenn Beck. In denying the...more

12/4/2014 - Celebrities Defamation Glenn Beck

Federal Government Wins Trademark Battle to Shut Down “Voice of America” Website with “Undeniable Governmental Aesthetic”

Since its first broadcast on February 1, 1942, the Voice of America radio service (VOA) has aired countless hours of programming in dozens of languages to what is currently an estimated global audience of over 100 million...more

11/17/2014 - Domain Names Fair Use Infringement Laches Likelihood of Confusion Popular Trademarks Voice of America

Use of Porn Star Images in “Romance Fraud” Dating Profiles Fails to Support Trademark and False Advertising Claims

The plaintiff in Avalos v. IAC/Interactive Corp. called it “one of the biggest conspiracies ever executed on the internet” — the unauthorized use of images of adult film stars in fake online dating profiles. But in an opinion...more

11/10/2014 - Dating Services False Advertising Fraud Trademarks

Political Ad’s Use of Trademark until Election Day Not Infringement

On October 28, 2014, Judge Paul Grewal of the Northern District of California ruled that a political advocacy website’s confusing use of the mark CHOOSE ENERGY could stay up . . . but perhaps only until election day....more

11/4/2014 - Advertising Infringement Political Campaigns Trademarks

Defamation From Beyond the Grave: Using Your Last Will To Get In The Last Word

Halloween is a good time to think about how you want to die. Do you want to leave the world peacefully? Or do you want to go down trash talking, making sure that your enemies know exactly what you think about them, and that...more

10/27/2014 - Absolute Privilege Defamation Libel

Georgia State Academic Fair Use Decision Vacated by 11th Circuit: A (Relatively) Quick Read for the Busy Practitioner

Last Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the Northern District of Georgia’s 350-page fair use analysis of the electronic reserves practices at Georgia State University (“GSU”). Although this...more

10/20/2014 - Copyright Fair Use Trademarks Universities

“Textbook Dictionary” Definitions Not Fair Use, Says Mass. Federal Court

On September 26, 2014, the District of Massachusetts shot down a plan to develop a “textbook dictionary.” James Richards, inspired in part by the Autobiography of Malcolm X, developed a project to convert the dictionary from...more

10/6/2014 - Books Copyright Dictionaries Fair Use

Fox News v. TVEyes Copyright Fair Use Decision: A Quick Read for the Busy Practitioner

Last week, Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York issued his opinion Fox News v. TVEyes. Fox News claimed that TVEyes’ media monitoring service was copyright infringement. TVEyes argued that it was fair...more

9/17/2014 - Copyright Fair Use Fox Television Stations Popular

Copyright Law Protects Course Syllabi From Disclosure Under Missouri Sunshine Law

Last month, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, held that a public university was not required to turn over copies of certain course materials, including course syllabi, in response to a public records request....more

9/8/2014 - Copyright Popular Public Records The Copyright Act Transparency

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