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A Copyright is an exclusive legal right granted to the creator of an original work to license, copy, sell, distribute, or otherwise exploit the work for his or her own benefit.

No Second Chance: Default Judgment Stands Against Infringers without a Reasonable Explanation for their Delay

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Some defendants have the mistaken belief that court deadlines are inherently flexible, and that even a default judgment can be set aside with a simple “mea culpa”. Not so. Without a reasonable explanation—and proof supporting...more

Creator Of NBA 2K16 Warns Tattoo Lawsuit Could Leave Lasting Impression

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A multi-million dollar lawsuit for copyright infringement against Take Two Software, the creators of NBA 2K16 has proved to be anything but a slam dunk. The alleged infringement concerns player avatars displaying tattoos...more

Joint IP Ownership Rights

New ideas, creations, and business ventures are often the product of collaboration. If lawyers had their way, a written agreement would precede every creative collaboration. Of course, this is not the case. Collaborators...more

4 Key Takeaways: Consulting Agreements – Who Owns the IP?

Silicon Valley-based Kilpatrick Townsend Counsel Alan Dow focuses his practice on patent prosecution, acquisition and counseling, and on intellectual property and commercial transactions. Mr. Dow recently presented on...more

Bringing Back the Oldies – Legislation for Equal Treatment in the Music Industry

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 19, 2017, the CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301 – Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society Act) was introduced into the House, the purpose of which is to provide copyright...more

Like It or Love It: How Not to Get Pinned (Legally) When Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand

by Buchalter on

Twitter®, Instagram®, Facebook®, Pinterest® and other social media websites and apps are great ways to interact with friends, family and potential customers. They are great avenues for advertising and promotion of one’s...more

Court Rejects Infringement Claim Against Alan Jackson

by Brooks Pierce on

On October 27, 2016, North Carolina songwriter Timothy Arnett sued the legendary country star Alan Jackson in the Eastern District of North Carolina for alleged copyright infringement. Arnett claimed that Jackson’s song...more

Catching Counterfeits: Customs Recordation and IP Enforcement

by Knobbe Martens on

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), the primary federal agency responsible for securing America’s borders, is also charged with the protection of intellectual property rights and guarding against the infringement of...more

Update: Court finds transformative nature of alleged infringing work can’t be decided by side-by-side comparison

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Adding an Instagram border and a few “gobbledygook” notations to an original photograph is not transformative as a matter of law. In an update to our post on a case filed last year, a federal court in New York recently denied...more

A New Proposal by Two European Parliament Committees Reveals a Broadening Divide Amongst Stakeholders on How Best to Shape...

by Reed Smith on

An amendment to the proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (the ‘Proposal’) creating a fair remuneration for authors and performers administered by Collective Management Organisations (‘CMOs’)...more

Don’t Get Berned – An Important Limitation on Enforcement of Foreign Copyrights Under U.S. Law

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Since March 1, 1989, the United States has been a member of an international copyright treaty named the Berne Convention (formally called the “International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works”). This...more

The Grinch that stole fair use?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since the Supreme Court’s 1994 Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music landmark decision, courts have expanded fair use protection. While not a license to take liberally from another work, the fair use test has often tilted in favor of...more

“Thinking Out Loud” About Copyright Infringement (Again)

by Brooks Pierce on

Ed Sheeran has had plenty of court troubles recently. After reportedly reaching a settlement over his song “Photograph” earlier this year, he was recently sued (a second time) for his song “Thinking Out Loud.”...more

A Recipe For Sanctions: “No reasonable copyright attorney … would have filed this complaint.”

If you are going to file a copyright infringement complaint based on a cookbook, beware. Copyrights in cookbooks are considered “thinner” than copyrights in many other types of literary works. There are several reasons for...more

Website Operators Need to Re-register Copyright Agents Under DMCA by December 31, 2017

by Clark Hill PLC on

On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office replaced its directory of designated agents for receipt of Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") notices of claimed infringement with a new electronic system. As part of...more

Brexit - Legal Implications

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In our latest memorandum, we have briefly outlined some of the main legal implications of Brexit according to different models, including the EEA model. In light of recent comments made by Theresa May, it is unlikely that...more

China launches its annual piracy crackdown campaign: focus on online piracy of films and TV programs

by Hogan Lovells on

China’s State Intellectual Property Office has recently announced, in a joint declaration with three other ministerial bodies, the launch of its annual online piracy crackdown campaign called the “Red Shield Net Sword...more

Advertising Law - August 2017

U.K. to Ban Gender Stereotypes in Ads - Gender stereotypes in advertising will be banned as a result of new guidelines that will be promulgated by the main advertising regulators in the United Kingdom and go into effect in...more

French Supreme Court: Internet intermediaries must pay for blocking measures against illegal streaming websites

by Hogan Lovells on

On 6 July 2017, the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) confirmed a decision of the Paris court of appeal dated 15 March 2016 (RG No. 040/2016) which held that Internet intermediaries must bear the costs for implementing...more

EU institutions vote for more books for blind and visually impaired people

by Hogan Lovells on

Four years after signing the Marrakesh Treaty (introduced by the WIPO) to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled, the EU institutions finally voted for...more

Intangible Risky Business

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The national, and many times global, reach of most businesses, regardless of size and physical location, continues to drive the ever increasing importance and value of intangible assets. In fact, a business's intellectual...more

Who Owns The Copyright In The Photograph That Launched A Thousand Pleadings?

Over a decade ago, a lawyer snapped a photograph of the Indianapolis skyline, thus opening the gates to perhaps the most prolific flood of copyright litigation in the history of Indiana. Over the last five years or so, this...more

Going to California—Google Asks U.S. Court to Declare Supreme Court of Canada's Global Injunction Unenforceable

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada recently confirmed the availability of a novel form of worldwide injunction whereby Google, a non-party to the litigation, was required to block worldwide access to websites operated by a...more

Hide and Seek: Plaintiff Permitted to Subpoena Internet Service Provider to Identify Alleged Infringers

Recently, E.D.N.Y. Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold ordered that a third-party subpoena may be served upon an internet service provider (“ISP”) to identify information about network users who allegedly infringed copyrighted...more

Intellectual Property Primer for Startups

by Revision Legal on

Many startup companies do not realize that their intellectual property (IP) rights are often their most valuable asset. Few startups have portfolios of real property or vast quantities of retail inventory and other physical...more

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