Intellectual Property Law Issues for Health Care Providers
IP|Trend: Discovering Source Code
Legal Considerations for Web-Based Start-Ups
The Changing Landscape of Intellectual Property in China
Do I need permission to use images from Google on my website?
Beastie Boys Sue; Law Prof's 'Head Spins'
Starting a new business? Intellectual Property 101 Presented by Prof. Islam & PA Thomas Lewry
What should my company be aware of when launching a new website?
Due Diligence in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Transactions
ITC: Protecting Intellectual Property in the US – Interview with Joe Hameline, Member, Mintz Levin
Copyright Matters – Interview with Andrew Skale, Member, Mintz Levin
What Damages Can I Recover If My Copyright Is Infringed Upon?
William Faulkner v. Woody Allen: Copyright Fight
Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"
'Gray Market' Lawyer: Congress Won't Change Copyright Laws
Harlem Shake's Copyright Issues
Why Did Godzilla & James Bond Need Congress' Protection?
Weekly Brief: Rakoff Orders Gupta To Pay Goldman Sachs' Legal Fees
New Happy Birthday Song, Copyright-Free
Worst Case Scenarios for Alleged Copyright Infringers
It is important to ensure that the copyright transfer includes an irrevocable waiver of “moral rights,” a special type of right held by authors of creative works in Canada. Moral rights are separate from copyright and include...more
A common refrain: “There must be a way to protect this idea, either by trademark or copyright.” Regrettably, in many instances, the answer is “none of the above.” Take, for example, the humble chicken sandwich....more
A California city cannot hold one of its citizens liable for copyright infringement for using clips of city council meetings in his critical YouTube videos, a federal judge has ruled. The August 20, 2015, Order in City of...more
On August 19, 2015, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y” for the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of cheerleader uniforms in its copyright infringement lawsuit against another cheerleading gear...more
So You Want Music in Your Video: 5 Things to Remember so You Don't Get Sued -
Last month we received a call from a woman who made an unassuming video of her daughter's wedding and added her favorite song as the musical...more
Some years ago, Aaron Sorkin (bar none the greatest television writer of all time) spent a few minutes of an episode of Sports Night making light of the fact that the song “Happy Birthday” is outside the public domain....more
As social media platforms continue to find new ways to allow users to share, post, and forward nonoriginal content and users become more engaged in the practice, the platforms hosting the content and disgruntled original...more
Up here in the North, we are big fans of the store that has it all – Target. In fact most Minnesotans will often joke that we cannot step foot in a Target store without spending at least $100 and walking out with items we...more
This blawg focuses on US law as it pertains to technology and entertainment, but a recent decision of the High Court of the United Kingdom just caught my interest. The High Court of the United Kingdom held that certain...more
Situations abound in which a defendant has been sued in state court, and wants to get to federal court. In cases in which the plaintiff has not pled a federal claim, and where diversity of citizenship is absent, there may not...more
Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more
On July 31, 2015, the Ninth Circuit reversed the Central District of California’s dismissal of an action brought by the Ray Charles Foundation, seeking, among other things, a judicial determination of the validity and...more
New Old Music Group sued Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke) and others for copyright infringement of the song “Zimba Ku,” written by New Old’s president Lenny Lee Goldsmith and recorded by the band Black Heat in 1975. At issue was...more
Frank Silvero, an actor who played the character Frankie Carbone in the film “Goodfellas” and other similar mobster characters during his career, filed suit against Fox Television alleging that the writers of the animated...more
En Banc Federal Circuit Upholds The Commission’s Position In Suprema – On August 10, 2015, in an en banc Opinion written by Circuit Judge Reyna, the Federal Circuit upheld the Commission’s position in Suprema, Inc. v....more
3D printing, a seemingly futuristic method of manufacturing objects, is steadily moving into the mainstream as three dimensional printers have relocated from labs to the shelves of retail stores.
3D printing, or additive...more
Where an architectural draftsman left his design firm mid-project and later used partial plans drawn during his employment to complete the project, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the ruling that the...more
Citing the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit’s recent en banc decision in Garcia v. Google (IP Update, Vol. 18, No. 6), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling that...more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated a district court decision dismissing a copyright infringement claim in a case involving a copyrighted song and a later recording by Justin Bieber concluding that that...more
Ninth Circuit reverses lower court’s dismissal for lack of standing of action brought by Ray Charles Foundation, finding that Foundation, sole beneficiary of music legend’s estate, had standing to challenge validity of...more
Dealing with a matter involving the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Oracle E-Business Suite, the Paris First Instance Court took the opportunity to clarify the differences between copyright infringement and contractual...more
For the latest on the copyright preemption doctrine (codified at 17 U.S.C. § 301(a)) look no further than the Fifth Circuit, which, together with its district courts, issued a string of recent decisions regarding the...more
It does not happen often to see European Institutions agreeing on a common strategy. Yet, the strong political will around the need to create a single market for digital content moved this item to the top of the agenda of the...more
In the latest chapter of a year-long battle between an individual inventor and two companies, Lisa Duer (“Duer”), a resident of Woodstock, Georgia, filed her Third Amended Complaint alleging patent infringement, trademark...more
On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Google, Inc.’s petition for writ of certiorari, leaving intact the Federal Circuit’s holding that Oracle’s Java API software, and particularly the API declaring source code, is...more
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