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Where’s the Beef? Court Finds Burger Ad Not Copyrightable

Culver may have had a cow over Steak n Shake’s copycat television commercial, but a federal judge found the original commercial lacked “the necessary modicum of creativity to give rise to copyright protection” required for a…more
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Trademark Suit Out of Sync with Copyright Infringement

A karaoke track distributor’s attempt to claim trademark infringement for what really was copyright infringement hit a sour note with the Seventh Circuit. Phoenix Entertainment Partners, formerly Slep-Tone, distributes…more
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Power.com Learns Too Late That Facebook Must OK Promotion First

Even if you get permission from Facebook users to use their pages to send messages promoting your website, you still need Facebook’s permission. If Facebook doesn’t approve, you may be liable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse…more
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Burning Man Festival Bus-Galleon Fails VARA Visual Art Test

A school bus turned into a 16th-century Spanish galleon at the Burning Man Festival may be art, but its destruction is not a violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA). The Ninth Circuit affirmed that La Contessa is…more
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LA Court Sings Different Madonna Copyright Tune Than Nashville

If you are going to sample notes from a sound recording, do it in LA not Nashville to avoid an infringement claim. The Ninth Circuit found no copyright infringement with Madonna’s recording of Vogue because the song’s use of…more
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NTIA Publishes Best Privacy Practices for Drone Operators

Privacy policies for commercial and private unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) operators have been proposed by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA). NTIA said the best practices “are meant…more
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Court Needs More Facts to Resolve Hyson Trademark Food Fight

The pleading stage is too early to resolve the food fight between two companies named Hyson over the Hyson trademark, the Seventh Circuit found. The issue is whether Hyson USA, Inc., the owner of a design mark for Hyson USA,…more
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Illinois Office Holders Have Defamation Immunity But Citizens Don’t

Illinois office holders have absolute immunity to defame citizens who criticize their official duties, but the reverse is not true. The Seventh Circuit reversed the trial court and granted summary judgment for Cook County…more
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FTC Requests Info on Smart Device Security Updates

Smart device manufactures must explain to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) how they decide when to make security updates to address vulnerabilities in their devices. The FTC wants to more fully understand the policies,…more
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NHTSA Seeks Comments on Proposed Guidelines on Vehicle Cyberattacks

For the first time, under a proposed Enforcement Guidance Bulletin, automobile makers will need to take into account cybersecurity vulnerabilities for their vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)…more
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Developers Warned Not to Enable Listening Technology Without Disclosure

Developers Warned Not to Enable Listening Technology Without Disclosure Some developers have included in their mobile apps the ability to turn on a phone’s microphone to listen for codes from television programs and…more
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Court Doesn’t Take the Bait in Land O’Lakes Trademark Case

What do fishing tackle and butter have in common? Nothing, so there is no trademark infringement by either for using the same Land O’Lakes mark. In affirming the dismissal of competing trademark infringement claims, Seventh…more
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ASUS Router Security Claims Mislead Consumers: FTC

The maker of ASUS home routers deceived customers when it claimed the devices could protect consumers’ local networks from attack. Instead, the company failed to employ reasonable security practices causing “substantial injury”…more
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Hollywood Hospital Pays Ransom to Unlock Its IT System

It was not a Hollywood movie but a real life ransomware attack that shut down the enterprise-wide hospital information system of an acute care facility for 10 days. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center said it paid 40…more
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FTC Settles with Developer Who Installed Apps Without Permission

Users who downloaded a browser extension game were the ones who got played, according to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action. General Workings, Inc., d/b/a Vulcun purchased the Running Fred online extension game from its…more
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