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Business Q&A with Jeffrey A. Curran: Copyrights, patents, trademarks need to be afforded protection

Q: Creators, whether businesses or individuals, are often told they need to protect their intellectual property. What's the difference between a copyright, patent and a trademark? A: The idea of a copyright, while...more

LinkedIn Has Beef With Data Scraping Bots

Linkedin has filed a lawsuit to prevent unauthorized use of “bots” that register fake profiles on the social network and steal data about actual users. According to the suit, these acts constitute a breach of Linkedin’s terms...more

Someone Copied My Company’s Website Without Permission — What Can I Do About It?

You encounter a website that looks very similar to your company’s website. The similarities make clear that your website was copied. Even worse, it was copied by a competitor. Whether you hired a professional to...more

Commercializing User-Generated Content: Five Risk Reduction Strategies

We’re in the midst of a seismic shift in how companies interact with user-generated content (UGC). For years, companies were happy simply to host UGC on their websites, blogs and social media pages and reap the resulting...more

The Water in Rio Isn’t the Only Thing to Worry About – So Are Olympic Hashtags

Social media is buzzing with Olympic hashtags, particularly #Rio2016 and #TeamUSA. But the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) is cracking down on hashtag use by companies without Olympic sponsorship deals, calling it “ambush...more

We Traced The Trade Secret Leak … It’s Coming From Inside The Business

Seyfarth Synopsis: Protecting trade secrets from employee theft requires more than using an NDA when onboarding new employees. If businesses want to protect their confidential information, they need to take a cradle-to-grave...more

European Court of Justice Strengthens Rights of Authors, Performers and Phonogram Producers

A new judgement issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) requires a business offering television or radio programs in its facilities to pay license fees to national collecting societies if the programming...more

Trademarks in Building Designs

Think twice before including a landmark building on your product packaging. That’s the lesson of a recent case in the U.S. Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”). There the applicant, a producer of...more

Ninth Circuit Says You’re Going to Jail for Visiting That Website without Permission

Zounds, right? But that is arguably what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in Facebook v. Power Ventures, Inc. on July 12th. Let’s get to it....more

The implications of Brexit on the entertainment and media industry

While the United Kingdom will not leave the European Union overnight, it is important to consider what the result of the Brexit referendum means to the entertainment and media industry. What are the challenges? How do we...more

Avatar Wins Against Another Copyright Owner… in an Unusual Manner

A recent decision from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, ended the hopes and dreams of a copyright owner from receiving a share of the $2.8 billion earned by James Cameron’s Avatar film. In this...more

Brumley Heirs Win Fight over Rights to Old Gospel Song *WEB ONLY**

Addressing the termination right given to authors and their heirs under the Copyright Act, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded that four siblings could use their right to terminate the transfer their...more

Julia Child Foundation Sues Airbnb for Using Her Name Without Permission

The charitable foundation representing the estate of famed chef, culinary author and TV personality Julia Child, has sued Airbnb because the company used Child’s name and likeness for a Memorial Day promotion without the...more

Three Point Shot - June 2016

Showtime and Top Rank Slug It out over "Fight of the Century" - Who said boxing was dead? Fight fans still bitter over the May 2015 Floyd Mayweather–Manny Pacquiao bout that was far more mega-bore than mega-brawl...more

Court Upholds Prison for Flea Market Owner for Counterfeiting by Tenants

As trademark and copyright counterfeiting and piracy has grown, courts have become more willing to grant meaningful relief to rights owners and to penalize counterfeiters and those who facilitate their illicit activities. ...more

Did Aereo Open The Door To Compulsory Licenses?

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in ABC v. Aereo Inc., 134 S.Ct. 2498 (2014), that Aereo’s internet retransmission service was “substantially similar” to cable, and therefore violated the Transmit Clause of the Copyright...more

Music Sampling Back in “Vogue”

With its decision in VMG Salsoul v. Ciccone, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals created a circuit split that could greatly impact copyright infringement claims based on unlicensed music sampling. For the advertising...more

The FTC’s Analysis of Lord & Taylor’s Social Media Marketing Campaign

New ways of monetizing digital media has brought challenges in regulating advertising. The FTC has recently issued guidelines to provide businesses and advertisers with insights as to how to comply with the FTC Act. Despite...more

CBS Radio Remasters the Art of Not Paying Artists Royalties

Two years ago, a federal judge rocked the music industry in holding that pre-1972 recordings may be protected under state copyright laws and are protected by California copyright law. This holding, in a case brought against...more

Top 5 Legal Mistakes Business Clients Make

Starting a business can be fraught with potential legal issues that are often overlooked by first-time entrepreneurs. Many details that don’t seem pressing at the start can mean the difference between success and failure...more

Second Circuit Holds Manufacture and Sale of Counterfeit Goods Not an Advertising Injury

In its recent decision in United States Fidelity & Guarantee Co. v. Fendi Adele S.R.L., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 8973 (2d Cir. May 17, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had...more

What Are We Going to Do About Amazon?

My client Sarah is a talented graphic designer who developed the idea of printing unique designs on curtains. She began selling them on Amazon and the product became wildly successful. Due to this popularity, counterfeiters...more

Microbranding Leads to Big Success

From your local watering hole to Nordstrom’s, microbranding is making a big impact in retail. Microbranding is brand recognition experienced by small-scale businesses in a particular marketplace. The expansion of the internet...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Lower Court Ruling on Meaning of “User” in DMCA §512(c) Safe Harbor

Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) offers safe harbors for qualifying service providers to limit their liability for claims of copyright infringement. To benefit from the Section 512(c) safe harbor, a...more

China Supreme Court Has Spoken: Long Anticipated Decision on OEMs and Trademark Use

China has been the factory of the world for the past few decades. Countless foreign brand owners have taken advantage of the low-cost manufacturing environment and have flocked to the middle kingdom to source their goods –...more

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