David Kluft

David Kluft

Foley Hoag LLP

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U.S. Copyright Office Issues Public Draft of New Compendium

Last week, the U.S. Copyright Office announced the release of a public draft of the third edition of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, the administrative manual for the Register of Copyrights. A significant...more

8/27/2014 - Copyright Copyright Office

When Can You Be Sued For Introducing Copyrighted Works At Trial? Almost Never, But Plaintiffs Keep Trying

Professor Nimmer once identified the “weakest infringement claims of all time” as those involving attempts by copyright holders to prevent their copyrighted work from being used as evidence against them in court. “It seems...more

8/25/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Evidence Infringement

Ninth Circuit Allows Delinquent Corporation To Sue And Own Trademarks

In Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, the Ninth Circuit held that a corporation, whose charter had been suspended by the state of California in 1977, had standing in 2012 to sue and to own trademarks as an...more

8/20/2014 - Corporate Charters Delinquency Status Lanham Act Standing Trademarks

IP Protection For Novelty T-Shirts: Copyright Or Trademark?

No matter how sophisticated we are on the outside, on the inside everyone has a favorite novelty t-shirt buried deep in the recesses of their juvenile subconscious. Mine is one that says “Welcome to Philadelphia. Now Go...more

8/18/2014 - Copyright Trademarks

Highlights of Congressional Hearings on Copyright Remedies: Statutory Damages, Small Claims and Felonious Streaming

On July 24, 2014, the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, through its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, held hearings on the subject of copyright remedies. Most of...more

8/13/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement

How Not To Market Your Business Online (Even If It Works): Claims Against Fake Review Sites And Stolen Obituary Photos Survive...

Despite celebrity endorsements from the likes of Dennis Miller and Alan Thicke, all that glitters isn’t gold when it comes to the marketing of precious metal investments. In March 2014, American Bullion, Inc., which is in the...more

8/12/2014 - Advertising Celebrity Endorsements Copyright Endorsements Fake Reviews False Advertising Lanham Act Motion to Dismiss Online Reviews Popular

How The White Tower Burgers Trademark White-Washed, Washed Out, Then Washed Up

If you happen to be in the Boston area this August, and you are sick of the Freedom Trail, here’s an idea for a little trademark trail. Start in Cambridge at Moody’s Falafel Palace and head downtown past Kneeland Street to...more

8/5/2014 - Trademark Litigation Trademarks

Are “Concurrent Damages” A Good Idea For Copyright Law?

About a year ago, we wrote about the final chapter in the copyright saga of Joel Tenenbaum, the Boston University student who was found liable for copyright infringement by a District of Massachusetts jury, based on his...more

7/29/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Infringement Willful Infringement

Highlights of Congressional Hearings on Copyright Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, And Copyright Term

On July 15, 2014, the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, through its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, held hearings regarding a number of copyright issues,...more

7/28/2014 - Congressional Investigations & Hearings Copyright Legislative Agendas Proposed Legislation

Copyright Office: Aereo Likely Not A Cable Company

We previously reported on the Supreme Court’s recent decision on June 25, 2014 that Aereo, Inc.’s internet television service infringed the copyright of the programs being transmitted by the service. In holding that Aereo was...more

7/22/2014 - ABC v Aereo Aereo Broadcasting Copyright Copyright Infringement Internet Streaming SCOTUS Telecommunications The Copyright Act

“Big Chocolate” Gets Injunction Against Whack-A-Mole Senator; Trademark “Services” Include Political Activities

Last week, Judge William Quarles of the District of Maryland issued an injunction preventing Maryland Republican State Senator Steve Hershey from using his own campaign literature. The case was brought by the Hershey...more

7/21/2014 - Corporate Counsel Hershey Chocolate Company Infringement Political Campaigns Popular Trade Dress Trademark Litigation Trademarks

Copyright As An Online Reputation Management Tool: A Round Hole For A Square Peg

So, how is copyright law doing as an online reputation management tool? We have written many times recently about the use of copyright law to do what defamation law can’t: take stuff down from the internet. A...more

7/16/2014 - Communications Decency Act Copyright Copyright Infringement Defamation Defamation Act DMCA Google Internet Popular Reputation Management Social Networks

Westlaw and Lexis Finally Agree: Providing Copyrighted Legal Briefs To Customers Is Fair Use

Every attorney in the United States understands that West Publishing Corp. (“Westlaw”) and the LexisNexis Group (“Lexis”) are perennial rivals in the electronic legal research field. As such, they don’t agree on much, but...more

7/14/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Fair Use LexisNexis Popular Westlaw

Do Municipal Seals Enjoy Any Trademark Protection? Recent Cases Take Differing Views

Late last year, in a matter of first impression, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and held that the city of Houston could not register its official municipal seal with the United States Patent...more

7/7/2014 - Municipalities Trademarks USPTO

“Oh right. . . THAT thing!” Designated Agent Required Prior To DMCA Copyright Infringement Safe Harbor

The recent case of Oppenheimer v. Allvoices is, if nothing else, a cautionary tale for everyone who wants to start the next big social networking site or provide any internet service with user-generated content. The moral is...more

7/1/2014 - Agents Copyright Copyright Infringement Designated Agent DMCA Internet Service Providers Safe Harbors Social Networks User-Generated Content

When “Slacker” Was A Dirty Word: Defamation And Draft Dodging During World War I

This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. The Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated on June 28, 1914 and, by the end of August 1914, Germany, Russia, France and the United Kingdom had joined the...more

6/30/2014 - Defamation

Supreme Court Holds that Technical Differences Don’t Save Aereo From Infringement Liability

Television broadcasters and other digital content providers issued a collective sigh of relief on June 25, 2014 when the United States Supreme Court issued its much-awaited opinion in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v....more

6/26/2014 - ABC ABC v Aereo Aereo Broadcasting Cable Television Providers Copyright Copyright Infringement Public Performance Rights SCOTUS The Copyright Act

Clever Or Contemptuous? The “Great Injunction Cigarros” Trademark

In its recent decision in Cigar King v. Corporacion Habanos, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the cancellation of Cigar King’s trademarks after it failed to comply with discovery orders. This was only the latest...more

6/23/2014 - Trademark Litigation Trademarks

NYC Restaurant Scene Extends to Newark In Concurrent Use Trademark Case

The matter of Terra Sul Corp. v. Boi Na Braza, Inc. involved a concurrent use proceeding between two restaurants over their nearly identical names. In theory, the scope of the conflict was nationwide, but in reality, as one...more

6/20/2014 - Resorts & Restaurants Restaurant Industry Trademark Litigation Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

“National Association For The Abortion of Colored People” Trademark Case Heads To Fourth Circuit

We previously reported on the dispute between the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the conservative activist Ryan Bomberger. Bomberger had repeatedly referred to the NAACP in online...more

6/18/2014 - Abortion Popular Trademark Litigation Trademarks

It Doesn’t Have To Be the Magna Carta! Alien Yogurt And The Writing Requirement For Copyright Transfers

Sunday (June 15) marks the 799th birthday of the Magna Carta (sometimes spelled Magna Charta), which famously limited the powers of the English monarch vis-à-vis his feudal barons. Although often credited as a singular...more

6/11/2014 - Copyright The Copyright Act Transfers

Defamation Claim Against HBO Sports Documentary Proceeds; International Sporting Goods Supplier Not a Public Figure

On May 16, 2014, in Mitre Sports v. HBO, the Southern District of New York allowed a defamation claim brought by a UK company against HBO to proceed to trial. In doing so, the Court ruled that Mitre Sports International, one...more

6/5/2014 - Defamation HBO Media Mitre Sports

Comments Sought on Service Mark Examination Guidelines

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is soliciting comments on its draft version of the “Service Mark Specimens” examination guide. The topics covered by the guide include the elements of an acceptable service mark...more

6/4/2014 - Public Comment Service Mark Specimens USPTO

Boston Copyright Round Table on Policy, Creativity and Innovation

The Department of Commerce is holding a round table at Harvard Law School on June 25, 2014 to discuss the Internet Policy Task Force’s Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy,...more

6/4/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Digital Goods First Sale Doctrine Internet U.S. Commerce Department

When Judges Met Jazz: The First Decade Of Jazz Law

In honor of African American Music Appreciation Month, sometimes known as Black Music Month, we recall the first judicial decisions in which jazz music was the subject of a legal dispute. Although jazz originated in the late...more

6/3/2014 - Copyright Legal History Music Music Industry Trademarks

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