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To Fire or Not to Fire for Employee’s Social Media Posts

After watching the firing of the digital communications manager for the Houston Rockets during their run through the playoffs (read the story here in the Houston Chronicle).  I figured it would be a good time to revisit the...more

First Foreign Hacker Is Convicted In The United States Of Hacking Crimes Involving Theft Of Trade Secrets From American Companies

A 22-year-old Canadian hacker has been sentenced to federal prison by a Delaware court for engaging in a conspiracy to break into the computer networks of several large gaming companies, to steal trade secret and other...more

Oh, Snap! App Changes March Madness Strategy

While it’s no secret that Facebook and Twitter dominate live sports-related chatter on social media, this year’s underdog, Snapchat, made a bold play for an upset during the NCAA’s March Madness. The Our Stories feature...more

Katy Perry Faces Choppy Waters: Left Shark Trademark Refused!

Katy Perry runs into trademark trouble in her attempt to register a “Left shark” design mark. Here’s what happened and what you can do to avoid a similar fate. To the merriment of Left Shark fans everywhere, Katy Perry...more

The Definitive Guide To Igaming In The United States

In this issue: - Introduction - Business Opportunities In Igaming - The Critical Role Of The Land-Based Casinos - As Conduits For Igaming - As Partners With Igaming Operators -...more

Status Updates - April 2015 #5

Photo negative. Daniel Morel, the photojournalist who was awarded $1.2 million in damages from news agencies that distributed his iconic Haiti earthquake pictures without his permission after he posted those pictures on...more

UK: Use of image taken from social media breaches UK media privacy rules

By Duncan Calow and Verity Young The UK Independent Press Standards Organisation has upheld a complaint against a newspaper after it published an image taken from social media without consent picturing a man who had been...more

Wilson v. The Walt Disney Company - USDC, N.D. California, April 16, 2015

In copyright infringement action concerning trailer for Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen court denied both parties’ motions for summary judgment, finding that plaintiff established genuine factual dispute as to Disney’s...more

DMCA Advice from the Department of Commerce

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was created to protect copyright owners from infringement of their works (such as photos, documents, music files, and videos) over the Internet. Amongst other things, the DMCA...more

Ontario’s 2015 Budget Makes Changes to Cultural Tax Credits

The Ontario government released its 2015 Budget on April 23, 2015 – and it makes some significant changes to Ontario’s cultural tax credit regime, including the elimination of the sound recording tax credit. (Please note that...more

Advertising Law - April 2015 #2

Red Light! Cab Companies Claim Uber Falsely Claims to Be Safer Service: What’s safer—riding in a cab or riding in an Uber car? - A new false advertising lawsuit raised that question when a coalition of 19...more

Balancing the Budget …and Balancing Copyright

The Government of Canada’s Budget Plan for 2015 proposes various measures within the expected areas of tax relief, job creation and economic growth measures.  It also includes a very unexpected proposal to extend the...more

Parody Or Rip Off?: Don Henley Won’t Take It Easy

Former Eagles drummer and co-lead singer Don Henley has just agreed to settle a lawsuit that he filed against Duluth Trading Co., the clothing retailer best known for its goofy cartoon ads on television. ...more

Chicago Cubs Make News Again with Trademark Lawsuit

The Chicago Cubs have been in the news lately relating to its legal battle over its new advertising signs with the surrounding rooftop bars and investors. However, the Chicago Cubs have also initiated a brand new lawsuit...more

Sony Pictures’ hacked emails reveal privileged communications

The 2014 Sony hack is again in the news, this time highlighting the threat that data breaches pose to the attorney-client privilege. On April 16, 2015, WikiLeaks announced that it had posted and indexed hacked Sony emails....more

DISHing it out with the Fox: How the Second Screen Has Survived Fox’s Copyright Attacks

January’s Central District of California ruling on Fox Broadcasting’s claims against the DISH Network clarifies some of the ambiguity surrounding second screen cross-device programming distribution and copyright infringement....more

Penalty! The California Court of Appeal Calls Foul on the NCAA’s Attempt to Seal Records of the USC/Reggie Bush Investigation

In a significant victory for open court filings, the California Court of Appeal rejected an effort by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) to seal 400 pages of documents in a dispute between the NCAA and a...more

Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-in-Fiction Claim

In a victory for all authors of fiction, a screenwriter of the film “What Maisie Knew” has successfully defended a lawsuit that sought to hold him liable for defamation based on the portrayal of a character drawn from an 1897...more

HUB FOCUS: Recent TV trends in China

As part of our “HUB FOCUS” series, we provide an extract, focusing on recent trends in the broadcast media industry in China: “Internet has significantly changed the landscape of the TV industry in China. Currently, the...more

The Dark Knight, Black Panthers, Ghosts and Ginger Rogers: Increasing Protection for Use of Trademarks in Promotions for...

Content creators of all stripes strive for realism in their depictions of the world. This is for good reason – media is more effective, and more immersive, when viewers recognize it as a reflection of the real world. Despite...more

Game Over: Plain and Ordinary Construction Results in Summary Judgment

Claim Construction Order and Order Granting Summary Judgment, Segan LLC v. Zynga Inc., 14-cv-01315 (Judge Vince Chhabria) - It is ordinary in patent cases for the patentee to ascribe “plain and ordinary” meaning to...more

If I Were Paid to Walk in Your Shoes: Protecting a Company's Interests in Endorsement Deals While Still Looking Out for Player...

Chandler Parsons, a forward for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, does not have to worry about buying basketball shoes. Rather, Parsons, like other NBA players, gets paid to wear certain brand name shoes. In February 2014, Chinese...more

Even In The UK, Think Twice Before Using Celebrity Endorsements

A recent legal case in the UK between singer Rhianna and fashion retailer Topshop has highlighted differences between publicity rights in the UK and some US jurisdictions. Rhianna sued Topshop for its sale of a t-shirt...more

Move Over Vanna White, Here Comes Marion Barry’s Kidney

In 2008, former Mayor of Washington, D.C., and then council member Marion Barry became ill with a kidney disease. To survive the illness, Mr. Barry required a kidney transplant, and one of his friends, Ms. Kim Dickens, came...more

Copycat Characters and the Selective Enforcement of IP Rights

Spring is here with summer just around the corner. While many are preparing for barbeques and boating, others are finalizing plans and perhaps costumes in preparation for Comic-Con (Comic Book Convention) season....more

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