Matthew Ganas

Matthew Ganas

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Jury Finds Singers, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, Owe $7.4M for Copyright Infringement

On March 10, 2015, a California federal jury awarded Marvin Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million after deciding that pop stars, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, copied Gaye’s 1977 song, “Got to Give It Up,” in writing their...more

3/13/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Damages Declaratory Judgments Heirs Jury Awards Marvin Gaye Music Industry Pharrell Williams Robin Thicke

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - February 2015 (Global)

Australia: Courts not siding with cricket “pitchside” gambler - A British man banned from attending Cricket Australia matches for pitchsiding has indicated his intention to challenge the legality of the ban. ...more

2/3/2015 - Africa Broadcasting CJEU Copyright EU Fine Art Italy Ryanair Scotland Sports Sports Betting Sports Gambling TripAdvisor Video Games

Protecting Polka Dots and Zebra Stripes Through Copyright: Eleventh Circuit Affirms Ruling that Boot Designs are Infringed (But...

A relatively common problem affecting the fashion industry is claims of copyright infringement over designs that appear on clothing and other merchandise. In particular, retailers create product overseas, unaware that a...more

1/28/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Fashion Design Fashion Industry Popular Retailers Target

USA: Ninth Circuit Rejects EA’s “Incidental Use” Defense in Madden-Related Right of Publicity Suit

On January 6, 2015, the Ninth Circuit decided that Electronic Arts Inc.’s (“EA”) unauthorized use of former NFL players’ likeness as avatars in the Madden NFL video game series does not qualify for First Amendment protection....more

1/26/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Athletes Davis v. Electronic Arts Electronic Arts First Amendment Football NCAA NFL Right of Publicity Sports Video Games

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - January 2015 (Global)

UK: World Anti-Doping Agency announce collaboration with Pfizer - On 3 December 2014, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced a global collaboration agreement with American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc, aimed at...more

1/12/2015 - Anti-Corruption Appeals Arbitration Communications Act 2003 Doping Drones FC Barcelona Free Speech Gambling Mobile Apps OFCOM Pfizer Privacy Laws Publishing Copyrights Right of Publicity Section 368A Sports UK

USA: Do Athletes Have Rights of Publicity in Live Broadcast Footage? Minnesota Court Offers Guidance

U.S. courts have recognized that “there is no judicial consensus on how to resolve conflicts between intellectual-property rights and free-speech rights.” Indeed, courts have adopted varying approaches to analyzing right of...more

12/24/2014 - Broadcasting Copyright First Amendment Popular Public Broadcasting Right of Publicity Sports

Seeing Beyond the Doggie Wear: What MCR Innovations Teaches about the Obviousness of Design Patents in the Garment Industry

In the United States, patent protection can be afforded to aesthetic innovation (design patents), and functional innovation (utility patents). Because binding precedent relating to design patents is relatively sparse,...more

11/21/2014 - Design Patent Fashion Industry Obviousness Patent Infringement Patents Prior Art

Law À La Mode - Issue 14 – October 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Understanding the EU Consumer Rights Directive: An overview of the new Directive on Consumer Rights and its implementation in Belgium, France, Italy and the UK - Free Zones in the UAE: What do...more

10/27/2014 - Asia CJEU Data Protection Design Patent E-Commerce EU Fashion Design Fashion Industry Free Trade Zone Internet Retailers Patent Litigation Patents Privacy Laws Retail Market Retailers UK

California Federal Court Finds that the First Amendment Does Not Preclude Sporting Event Participants from Asserting...

On April 11, 2014, a California federal court issued a First Amendment ruling that has potentially significant implications for broadcasters in the sports-media industry. Specifically, the Northern District of California’s...more

5/1/2014 - Broadcasting College Athletes First Amendment NCAA Right of Publicity Sports Students

California Federal Court Finds that the First Amendment Does Not Preclude Sporting Event Participants from Asserting...

On April 11, 2014, a California federal court issued a First Amendment ruling that has potentially significant implications for broadcasters in the sports-media industry. Specifically, the Northern District of California’s...more

4/21/2014 - Athletes College Athletes First Amendment NCAA Right of Publicity Students

Sport, Media, and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2014

Spanish Supreme Court orders Le Monde to pay damages to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona - The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered French daily newspaper Le Monde to pay damages of €300,000 to Real Madrid and €15,000 to FC...more

4/11/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering Broadcasting Doping EU Football Gambling Internet Gambling Sports UK

U.S. Copyright Office Calls For Public Comment on Music Licensing

As part of a concerted effort to assess the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music, the US Copyright Office has published a request in the Federal Register for public comment on a number of copyright issues....more

4/7/2014 - Copyright Copyright Office The Copyright Act

Emerging Growth and Venture Capital News - Fall 2013

NEW SEC GENERAL SOLICITATION AND “BAD ACTOR” RULES RE PRIVATE STOCK SALES NOW IN EFFECT - New Securities and Exchange Commission rules concerning private stock sales are now in effect. Under these rules, for...more

10/2/2013 - Advertising Bad Faith College Athletes Data Collection General Solicitation JOBS Act Minors Private Equity Regulation D Right of Publicity Rule 506 Offerings SEC

The right of publicity in college sports

The sports-media industry has recently experienced a proliferation of litigation involving right-of-publicity claims asserted by student-athletes for the unauthorized use of their names, images and likenesses. The most highly...more

9/5/2013 - Athletes Electronic Arts First Amendment NCAA Right of Publicity Sports

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