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Dryer v. National Football League - USDC, D. Minn., October 10, 2014:
District court grants summary judgment in favor of NFL and against former professional football players who claimed that NFL’s use of video footage...more
ABC v. Aereo: Supreme Court Holds that Aereo’s System of Streaming Television Broadcasts via the Internet Infringes Copyrights in Programs Broadcast. On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the...more
Over the past several years, I have written about a series of decisions in suits brought by former collegiate athletes against EA Sports and the NCAA, seeking compensation for the use of their likenesses and those of...more
It is common to see celebrities, which have captivated the public for decades, photographed using a company product or wearing a branded garment. Using such photos for promoting a company’s brand can be problematic especially...more
On May 12, 2014, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) lost its motion for leave to file a motion for reconsideration of a prior ruling, which barred the NCAA from arguing at trial that not paying...more
Earlier this month, Katherine Heigl sued Duane Reade for $6,000,000 for tweeting a paparazzi photo of her leaving a Duane Reade drugstore, together with the caption “Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even KatieHeigle can’t resist...more
My second favorite golf major, The Masters, starts tomorrow in Augusta, Georgia. And as much as I dislike its history of racism, misogyny, and banning an announcer because he used the terms “bikini-waxed” and “body bags”...more
Can a video game company use an athlete’s likeness in a game without his or her permission? The answer is maybe.
The Ninth Circuit recently rejected Jim Brown’s Lanham Act Section 43 claim against Electronic Arts, Inc....more
Have you always wanted to own “The One Ring to Rule Them All” of Lord of the Rings fame? Do you dream of an engagement ring just like Kate Middleton’s? Your dreams can come true with a visit to Emitations.com, a website...more
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram…the list of social media tools for the promotion of your fashion brand is ever increasing. While social media is an effective and immediate way to reach your customers, there are some...more
Moore v. Lightstorm Entertainment, USDC, D. Maryland, January 17, 2014 -
District court grants summary judgment dismissing screenwriter’s copyright infringement claims against producers of motion picture Avatar,...more
California gives you the right to profit from your own identity. But what if you assume somebody else’s?
Rick Ross is famous for rapping about cocaine. Ricky D. Ross is famous for selling it. Ross (the cocaine...more
On September 24, 2013, Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”) reached a $40 million dollar settlement of lawsuits over the use of college athletes’ likenesses in EA’s popular college football video game series NCAA Football. EA also...more
Lewis v. Activision Blizzard, USDC, N.D. Cal, October 17, 2013 -
District court grants summary judgment against former employee “game master” of defendant videogame company, finding that sound recordings of employee...more
Capitol Records, LLC v. Vimeo, LLC, USDC, S.D.N.Y., September 18, 2013 -
District court grants in part and denies in part video-sharing website’s summary judgment motion for safe harbor protection under the DMCA for...more
After having debated about wearable technologies, special rules for foreign franchisors in Italy and 3D Printers à la mode, in this fourth post of the fashion-dedicated series, celebrating the Milan fashion week, we will...more
Creating a new rule that gives videogames much more limited protection than other expressive works, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that realistically depicting college athletes in videogames showing them doing what they became...more
Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc., USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 31, 2013 -
Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of NFL great Jim Brown’s Lanham Act claim against video game developer Electronic Arts, Inc., concluding that Rogers...more
With very special thanks to our summer associates Elizabeth Horan (Case Western), Erica Esposito (Harvard), Joshua Espinosa (NYU), Bryce Johnston (Georgetown), Ryan Harris (NYU), and Alex Rosen (Harvard), the Proskauer Sports...more
On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, the Ninth Circuit issued two opinions assessing the parameters of use of individual player likenesses in video games in two highly watched cases...more
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In This Issue:
..Quinn Emanuel to Open Sydney Office
..Firm Expands Mass Torts and Products Liability Practice
..Susheel Kirpalani Named a 2012 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American...more
I’ve previously blogged about a pending lawsuit involving former college athletes (here and here) and whether they should get paid when universities and business partners use their likenesses. Brent Lorentz, a Chambers...more
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