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Federal Court Holds That Casino In Video Game App Is Not A Gambling Device

A Federal court in Illinois dismissed a class action lawsuit against Machine Zone, Inc. Machine Zone is the maker of the popular “Game of War” mobile app. Although the app can be downloaded for free, a portion of the game,...more

Advanced Copyright Issues on the Internet

During recent years, the Internet has become the basic foundational infrastructure for the global movement of data of all kinds. With continued growth at a phenomenal rate, the Internet has moved from a quiet means of...more

Federal Circuit finds software patent for 3D animation technique patent eligible

McRO v. Bandai Namco Games America is the latest in a line of Federal Circuit cases to reverse a district court finding of patent ineligibility for software patents. See Bascom v. AT&T Mobility (2016) and Enfish v. Microsoft...more

From sports and entertainment to politics and social justice—when worlds collide in your workplace

It’s everywhere. Whether you like it or not, you can’t escape it. While the topics of politics and social justice are undoubtedly important discussions to have in our country, the reality is that they now seem ever present....more

Copyright Claim against Beyoncé Gets Bounced in Scène à faire Tour de Force

R&B sensation Beyoncé can go back to promoting her album Lemonade now that a federal court held that a copyright claim against her was nothing but a lemon. While the decision may seem a bit tart to the plaintiff, it is a...more

ITV & Others v TVCatchup – Advocate General’s opinion makes light work of Court of Appeal’s uncertainty as to the meaning of...

In the previous installment of this dispute, the UK Court of Appeal (CA) referred questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the meaning of the expression ‘access to cable of broadcasting services’ used...more

Fall Is In The Air: Are The Justices Getting Ready For The Gridiron?

The Washington Redskins Ask The Supreme Court To Block Fourth Circuit From Participation In Important Trademark Cases Another Labor Day is behind us, kids are back to school, and fall has unofficially arrived (it will...more

In Pegasus-related copyright suit, judge sidelines as art critic

The analysis in an art copyright case can sound like a class discussion in Art Appreciation 101. Take the case of Croak v. Saatchi & Saatchi, which could also be called Pegasus I v. Pegasus II....more

Hackers Post Athletes’ Medical and Drug Testing Records Online

Hacking group Fancy Bear, reportedly a Russian group, who allegedly hacked into the Democratic National Committee emails which made headlines, has posted U.S. Olympians’ medical and drug testing records online. Although it...more

Restitution Legislation: HEAR Act and Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Clarification Act Move Forward

Two restitution related bills have advanced past the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate: the Holocaust Expropriated Art Act (S.B. 2763, the HEAR Act), and the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional...more

Michigan to Legalize Fantasy Sports?

The Michigan State House of Representatives recently introduced legislation proposing to exempt certain fantasy sports contests from the prohibition against gambling contained in the State’s penal code. The proposal is the...more

Bozo’s Flippity-Flop and Shooting Stars: A Cautionary Tale About Rights Management

If you’ve ever taken piano lessons then titles like “Bozo’s Flippity-Flop”, “Shooting Stars” and “Little Elves and Pixies” may be familiar. These are among the titles that were drawn into a recent copyright infringement...more

“The Man Who Brought the Beatles to America” is Bringing Them Back…to a U.S. District Court

Sid Bernstein was a legendary promoter and producer of iconic rock-and-roll performers including the Rolling Stones, the Moody Blues and, of course, the Beatles. Bernstein earned his moniker as “The Man Who Brought the...more

Twitter Going From Smart Asides to Big League Sports

Twitter’s bidding war with Amazon, Yahoo and Verizon for the right to stream “Thursday Night Football” games was a competition as closely watched as any game the platform will stream this fall. San Francisco-based Twitter...more

Michael Poster Addresses the Disconnect Between Music Rights and Payments [Video]

On September 16, 2016, as part of the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference at New York University, Michael Poster spoke on a panel discussion entitled, “Slipping Through the Cracks: How Artists and Rightsholders Are...more

Ilse Scott Discusses Different Kinds of Copyrights [Video]

On September 16, 2016, as part of the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference at New York University, Ilse Scott spoke on a panel discussion entitled, “Slipping Through the Cracks: How Artists and Rightsholders Are Missing...more

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, September 8, 2016

In most recent decision on The Turtles’ pre-1972 sound recordings, district court grants Sirius XM partial summary judgment, dismissing plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages, but permits plaintiffs to seek disgorgement of...more

Copyright Plaintiffs Keep Trying to Topple Empire. Can Proto-Cookie Succeed Where Others Failed?

Just in time for the Season 3 premiere, let’s take a look back at Empire’s year in IP litigation. Like the fictional Lyon family, which is constantly beset by threats from Feds, old criminal connections, and music...more

McRo decision gives software/computer-based patents a big boost

On September 13, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held as patent-eligible patent claims directed to automated lip-synching for animated characters. This holding builds upon the few decisions thus far...more

EEOC Sues Owners of Happy Jack’s Casino For Disability Discrimination

Federal Agency Says Owners Rejected Applicant Because She Took Prescription Drugs For Her Medical Condition - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - M.G. Oil Company, which operates Happy Jack's Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota,...more

Galen Spearheads Deal for Jack & Jack with Kobalt Label Services

Music Week reported on the deal announced today between Jack & Jack and Kobalt Label Services spearheaded by Greenberg Glusker Partner Eric Galen. Jack & Jack, primarily known as digital content producers, with more than 110...more

Murky Media: How Companies and Celebrities May Fall Short of the FTC’s “Clear and Conspicuous” Standard

Social media has become a must-have medium for most companies and celebrities. The medium provides an easy, inexpensive and instantaneous connection to customers and fans. However, as social media marketing continues to...more

Raiding the Register: Trademarks and Franchise Relocation

It seems like each year a new sports franchise is threatening to move to a new city. Here in Minnesota, we recently ensured at least 15 more years of the Vikings with the newly opened U.S. Bank Stadium. Before the...more

Future of Augmented and Virtual Reality Revealed in Perkins Coie and Upload Survey

Could 2016 be the year when augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) finally take off? The launch of Pokémon Go in July took the world by storm, with downloads of the AR game reaching more than 100 million within...more

The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same….

Given the start of the NFL season and the post-Labor Day last leg of the presidential campaign season, it reminded me of a blog entry that I posted in August 2012, regarding picking a winner for the then presidential race...more

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