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The PTO vs. The Phantom Marks: A Ghost Story

Don’t read this one before bed. As autumn sets in and Halloween approaches, my mind turns to jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, and phantoms. Phantom marks, that is. Equally incorporeal though perhaps somewhat less frightening…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Georgia State Academic Fair Use Decision Vacated by 11th Circuit: A (Relatively) Quick Read for the Busy Practitioner

Last Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the Northern District of Georgia’s 350-page fair use analysis of the electronic reserves practices at Georgia State University (“GSU”). Although this reversal…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Education, Intellectual Property

Superman Dodges a Bullet: Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Heirs’ Bid to Reclaim Character Copyright

Close on the heels of the settlement between Marvel Comics and Jack Kirby’s heirs, which ended their dispute over copyright in a number of iconic comic book characters, the heirs to one of Superman’s co-creators, artist Joseph…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Appearances Aside, “Something More” Still Needed for Trademark Infringement Liability in Keyword Advertising Cases

Search engine optimization is a vital issue for brand owners. When a potential customer searches online for Company A, a well-known brand, Company A naturally wants its own website to be as high in the search results as…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Superheroes for Hire? Marvel Comics and Jack Kirby Heirs Settle Character Copyright Dispute

As regular readers of this blog will know, comic book superheroes frequently find themselves at the center of legal disputes over copyright in fictional characters. In many cases, both sides agree that the characters in…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

“Textbook Dictionary” Definitions Not Fair Use, Says Mass. Federal Court

On September 26, 2014, the District of Massachusetts shot down a plan to develop a “textbook dictionary.” James Richards, inspired in part by the Autobiography of Malcolm X, developed a project to convert the dictionary from a…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Opportunities for Trademark and Copyright Lawyers To Volunteer During Pro Bono Month

October is Pro Bono Month in many states, including Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Indiana, Tennessee, and Alabama. The ABA has created an annual weeklong National Pro Bono Celebration,…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Dispatch from NYC: Annual National Advertising Division (NAD) Conference is in Full Swing

The National Advertising Division is holding its annual conference this week in New York, and Foley Hoag is in attendance for what many consider to be the leading conference of its kind. Day One saw an impressive line-up of…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Fox News v. TVEyes Copyright Fair Use Decision: A Quick Read for the Busy Practitioner

Last week, Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York issued his opinion Fox News v. TVEyes. Fox News claimed that TVEyes’ media monitoring service was copyright infringement. TVEyes argued that it was fair…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent Adam Liptak Discusses Anthony Lewis’ Iconoclastic First Amendment Views

This past Friday, the keynote speaker at the Boston Bar Association’s Annual meeting was Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for the New York Times. Mr. Liptak focused his remarks on the First Amendment views of his…more
| Constitutional Law

Copyright Law Protects Course Syllabi From Disclosure Under Missouri Sunshine Law

Last month, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, held that a public university was not required to turn over copies of certain course materials, including course syllabi, in response to a public records request. The…more
| Constitutional Law, Education, Intellectual Property

What is More Defamatory? A False Accusation of Homophobia or of Homosexuality?

In July 2014, Judge Barbara Jaffe of the New York Supreme Court dismissed the defamation claims in Kramer v. Skyhorse Publications. Kenny Kramer, the real life inspiration for the beloved eponymous Seinfeld character, had sued…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Public Draft of New Compendium

Last week, the U.S. Copyright Office announced the release of a public draft of the third edition of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, the administrative manual for the Register of Copyrights. A significant…more
| Intellectual Property

When Can You Be Sued For Introducing Copyrighted Works At Trial? Almost Never, But Plaintiffs Keep Trying

Professor Nimmer once identified the “weakest infringement claims of all time” as those involving attempts by copyright holders to prevent their copyrighted work from being used as evidence against them in court. “It seems…more
| Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property

Ninth Circuit Allows Delinquent Corporation To Sue And Own Trademarks

In Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, the Ninth Circuit held that a corporation, whose charter had been suspended by the state of California in 1977, had standing in 2012 to sue and to own trademarks as an…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property
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