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The Grinch loses and protection of parody wins

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Someone once said make sure your words are sweet as you may have to eat them. In the attached decision, the Judge finds the play "Who’s Holiday" is a parody entitled to fair use. He grants Plaintiffs’ motion for judgment on...more

A Kind Demand Letter? Stranger Things Have Happened (Apologies)

Chicago pop-up bar “The Upside Down” rode a wave of popularity program all the way to Netflix’s legal department. And that’s where things took an unexpected turn!...more

Mark Ronson Sued For Infringing 80’s Funk “Masterpiece”

by Brooks Pierce on

On September 12, 2017, the publisher of the legendary song “More Bounce to the Ounce” filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against music producer Mark Ronson. The suit alleges that Ronson’s hit song “Uptown Funk,” which has...more

Claim Is Gone With The Wind At Death

Two time academy award winner Olivia de Havilland seeks an expedited trial for the lawsuit involving her right of publicity. Olivia de Havilland, DBE v. FX Networks, et al, BC667011 (Superior Ct. Calif., June 30, 2017). The...more

The IP Cons of Fan Conventions

Pop culture fan conventions are huge in the new millennium. “Cons,” as they are often called, have sprung up all over the country and grown into a massive cultural phenomenon. There are Cons for comics, movie and television...more

Magnum, SMH

by FordHarrison on

Who could possibly sully the sainted memory of Thomas Magnum, fictional private investigator and iconic 1980s bon vivant? All 45 of these guys, apparently....more

[Webinar] Issues and Recent Developments in Art Law - October 5th, 11:00am ET

by Locke Lord LLP on

Please join Christie's and the Locke Lord LLP Art Law Group for an overview of the art market and key legal issues....more

Monkey See, Monkey Do… Monkey Own? The Curious Case of Naruto v. Slater

by Hogan Lovells on

When wildlife photographer David Slater set up his camera in the rainforests of Indonesia, he hardly expected to ignite a copyright battle with a monkey. Nonetheless, the legal dispute between Slater and Naruto, a crested...more

Joy in Who-Ville? Playwright Wins Fair Use Copyright Dispute in Parody of “Grinch”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

It’s not quite what Dr. Seuss envisioned: Kind-hearted and cheerful Cindy-Lou Who from the childhood classic “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” becomes a cynical adult who was thrown in prison after murdering her abusive...more

Taking His Talents To The Southern District Of New York: Are LeBron James’ Tattoos Subject To Copyright?

by Weintraub Tobin on

With nearly 30% of Americans sporting at least one tattoo (up from 20% just four years ago), tattoos are becoming commonplace. This is even clearer among younger Americans, with nearly half of Millennials sporting ink. ...more

Athletes and Employees Speak Out: Do Your Employment Practices Drop the Ball in Addressing Diversity, Controversial Speech, or...

With the 2017-18 National Football League (NFL) regular season and National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season underway, many spectators are excited to don their favorite players’ jerseys and cheer on their teams. Yet in...more

Board Blows the Whistle on Independent Contractor Status for NBA Video Production Crew

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the NBA season opener just over a month away, at least one team could be getting an unexpected influx of free agents. In Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017), the Board...more

Utility Patents in Fashion Design? Nike & Huzu Innovate The Way

by Knobbe Martens on

Edited by Catherine Holland   What is a Utility Patent? Utility patents cover a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter.  Design patents are much more common in the fashion industry since design...more

When Will We Get There? The World Gathers in London to Consider the State of Restitution of Nazi-Looted Art.

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The National Gallery London hosted on September 12, 2017 the much-anticipated conference “70 Years and Counting: the Final Opportunity?” organized by the United Kingdom Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCCS),...more

Two Stolen Chapel Paintings To Be Repatriated To Peru After Collector Voluntarily Returns The Works

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent art world news, the Peruvian consulate in New York announced earlier this week the recovery of two paintings stolen from an Andean village chapel in Peru. An art collector based in California, in cooperation with...more

Lessons From the Ezekiel Elliott Arbitration

by Baker Donelson on

As most football fans know, the NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of the 2017 – 2018 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. His suspension was based on...more

Structural engineers score big as Federal Court recognizes and enforces copyright on structure of soccer complex

by Smart & Biggar on

On September 12, 2017, the Federal Court issued its decision in Lainco Inc v Commission Scolaire Des Bois-Francs et al, 2017 CF 825, confirming that the plaintiff’s steel structure for an indoor soccer complex could benefit...more

Ninth Circuit: Non-Exclusive Licensing Agent Has No Standing to Sue for Copyright Infringement

by Snell & Wilmer on

In DRK Photo v. McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC, the Ninth Circuit held that an Arizona stock photo agency could not sue McGraw-Hill under the Copyright Act for using images in textbooks without permission. The...more

When are prices "excessive": did the Latvian competition authority strike the right note?

by Dentons on

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has just ruled that competition regulators have a "certain margin for manoeuvre" in deciding whether prices are excessive, and that there is no single adequate method for such an...more

Dr. Phil and His Texas-Sized Copyright Victory in the Lone Star State: Is This “EDTX 2.0” After TC Heartland?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

And just like that, it was over. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group sun-setted the reign of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas as the country’s busiest (and arguably,...more

9th Circuit’s VidAngel decision vindicates lawful video filtering service

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Some have cast the Disney v. VidAngel proceeding, decided August 24 by the 9th Circuit, as the “big studios” versus the “little guy”; the movie studios’ collective effort to kill filtering. This is far from the truth....more

Student-Athletes Seek $45M in Legal Fees and Costs in NCAA Scholarship Antitrust Lawsuit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Wednesday, in a lawsuit brought by student-athletes claiming that the value of their scholarships was anti-competitively capped by NCAA rules, the student-athletes sought approval of nearly $45 million in attorneys' fees,...more

Former Knoedler Gallery Director Settles Final Lawsuit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent art world news, one of the largest art scandals in New York has come to a close with the recent settlement of the last of ten lawsuits brought against Ann Freedman, the former director of the now defunct Knoedler...more

Legislature May Expedite CEQA Review for Transportation Projects Connected to 2028 Olympic Games - Bill Introduced in Advance of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a move that could have significant implications for Los Angeles’ efforts to prepare for the 2028 Olympics, California lawmakers recently introduced key legislation that would expedite California Environmental Quality Act...more

Not So Entertaining: Cybercrime In The Entertainment Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although certain industries are known targets for cyber attacks – healthcare, financial, government – cyber attacks pose a threat to all sectors. Organizations in the entertainment industry have increasingly become targets of...more

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