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Copyright Infringement

U2 Seeks Dismissal of “The Fly” Infringement Suit

by Brooks Pierce on

Earlier this year, a songwriter sued the members of U2, claiming that the U2 song, “The Fly” from the 1991 album “Achtung Baby,” infringed the songwriter’s 1989 song “Nae Slappin.” The plaintiff songwriter, Paul Rose,...more

Keeping Up With The Kopyrights

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are beefing with the late Tupac Shakur. The Jenners are not singers or rappers (yet), but they do have a fashion line, the “Kendall + Kylie” brand. The famous sisters’ company used images of the late...more

Graffiti Artists Tag Camuto Fashion House for Copyright Infringement

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Earlier this month, four Los Angeles-based graffiti artists, “Rime,” “Host18,” “Taboo” and “Reme” filed suit against the Vince Camuto fashion house and related entities alleging copyright infringement for “inexplicably...more

Meow- Copycat Fur and Bows - Forever 21 Stares Down Puma

by Knobbe Martens on

As discussed in our previous blog post Puma Treads New Territory Hitting Forever 21 with Copyright Allegations after the Supreme Court’s Star Athletica Decision, Puma sued Forever 21 for design patent infringement, trade...more

Jewelry Company Sues Macy’s for Copyright Infringement

by Reed Smith on

California-based jewelry company Brighton Collectibles LLC (“Brighton”) filed suit against Macy’s Inc. (“Macy’s”) for copyright infringement. According to the complaint, Brighton alleges that Macy’s infringed copyrighted...more

Copyright Protection for Tattoos: Are Tattoos Copies?

by Downey Brand LLP on

Abstract - This Note argues that, although “flash art” and other drawings upon which a tattoo may be based are likely copyrightable subject matter under the Copyright Act of 1976 (Copyright Act), the policy implications...more

University's Infringing Reproductions Fall Short of Fair Dealing

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The fair dealing user right, as an exception to copyright infringement, has its limits. The fact that a use falls within an enumerated purpose under the Copyright Act is no guarantee of immunity from infringement. To avoid...more

Diddy’s @Infringement Instagram Post

by Weintraub Tobin on

In today’s age of rapid fire social media, posting to feed the ever growing hunger of a digitally connected audience has become second nature to celebrities and other influencers. In fact, the larger the number of followers,...more

Advertising Law - July 2017 #2

NAD Considers Grocery Store Claims, Including Jurisdiction Question - A grocery store chain should discontinue comparative pricing claims, the National Advertising Division recommended in a new decision, finding the...more

Does This Selfie Make Me Look Like a Copyright Infringer?

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will consider a copyright infringement suit brought by a primate – specifically, Naruto, an Indonesian crested macaque that supposedly made fantastic use of his opposable thumbs and took a...more

Circuit Divide: Is Registration a Precondition for Copyright Infringement Suits?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the regional circuit split over whether copyright registration occurs when a copyright application is filed or when the Register of Copyrights registers the copyright, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit...more

Are False Accusations Of Copyright Infringement Defamatory?

Is it defamatory to falsely accuse someone of infringing intellectual property? Last month, the California Court of Appeal, in FilmOn.com v. DoubleVerify, Inc., affirmed the dismissal of a defamation action in which the...more

Sugarfina Sues Candy Competitor for Trademark Infringement

by Reed Smith on

Sugarfina Inc. (“Sugarfina”), a high-end candy retailer, recently filed suit against competitor Sweet Pete’s LLC (“Sweet Pete’s”) alleging copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement of its products and packaging....more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its final report (“Report”) concluding a wide-ranging two-year long inquiry into e-commerce (“Inquiry”). During the Inquiry – which was conceived as part of the...more

Default Determination Highlights The Importance Of Alleging Every Element

by Jones Day on

A recent ITC decision, stemming from a default initial determination, underscores the importance of alleging every element in a complaint. 19 U.S.C. § 1337(g)(l) provides that the Commission, when making a determination on...more

Can’t Say “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” for Copying Me

by Knobbe Martens on

On June 1, 2017, noted music and fashion photographer Danny Clinch filed suit in the Southern District of New York in connection with the use of two photographs of famed rapper Tupac Shukar (“Tupac”) on t-shirts. The...more

Service Providers Must Re-Register Designated Agents by December 31st to Continue DMCA Safe-Harbor Protection

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides a great deal of protection to Internet service providers that maintain an online presence (e.g. through the use of a website) through specially defined “safe harbors.” We...more

Far-reaching decision by the CJEU on copyright: The Pirate Bay can be blocked by ISPs!

by Hogan Lovells on

Swiftly following the CJEU decision in Filmspeler, in which the Court found that the selling of multimedia players with add-ons to illegal streaming websites amounted to copyright infringement, the CJEU has confirmed that an...more

When Is Making A Movie Not An Act Of Free Speech?

by Weintraub Tobin on

I admit that the title of this article may be a bit deceiving. Making films, like any other production of art, is almost always an act of free speech. However, the Ninth Circuit was recently faced with a dilemma of...more

United Airlines Grounds Complaint Website

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A joke does not work if it needs to be explained. While some complaint and parody websites may constitute fair dealing, close copying of trademarks and copyrighted works, combined with mean-spirited commentary, will not fly....more

Three Point Shot - June 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

"12th Man" Suit Forces Aggies to Call an Audible on Traditional Copyright Defenses - Texas A&M University's "12th Man" is at the center of a legal blitz facing the University's Athletic Department. On January 19, 2017,...more

Court holds that displaying photos requires more than making them available

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

While a donut with no hole may be a Danish, a photograph is not publicly displayed if the public never sees it. And in photography copyright cases, these near metaphysical questions matter....more

Who Wore It Best? Virtually Identical Fabric Design Supports Inference of Copying

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed that it is permissible to infer copying, even absent evidence of access, where the accused design and the copyright are so overwhelmingly identical that the possibility...more

Time to Zoom In on Application of DMCA Safe Harbor Defense

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In reversing a district court grant of summary judgment in favor of a social media platform, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered a deeper look at the degree to which the common law of agency affects a safe...more

CJEU: Operation of Peer-to-Peer Sharing Platform May Qualify as Copyright Infringement

by Reed Smith on

In a preliminary judgment of 14 June 2017, Case C-610/15, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) held that the making available and management of a peer-to-peer sharing platform may constitute a copyright...more

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