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
The First Sale Doctrine Under Copyright Law Update - Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons
Registering Trademarks & Copyrights with U.S. Customs
The two founding members of the Turtles just prevailed in a lawsuit against SiriusXM sure to rock the music industry and, perhaps, take a lot of music out of circulation....more
On September 24, 2014, in an unpublished opinion the 11th Circuit denied the appeal of InDyne, Inc. (“InDyne”), which asked the Court to vacate an award of attorneys’ fees to Defendants Abacus Technology Corporation, Jerry...more
Travis P. Dunson (“Dunson”) filed suit for copyright infringement, money damages, injunctive relief, attorneys’ fees, as well as damages for breach of implied contract, conversion, unjust enrichment, and quantum meruit...more
In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. (June 25, 2014), the Supreme Court reversed the Second Circuit’s denial of a preliminary injunction against Aereo, finding Aereo liable for direct copyright infringement...more
You are general counsel to a company, and your CEO steps into your office, clutching his iPhone in one hand and wiping sweat from his brow with the other, and tells you that a compromising photograph of him was stolen from...more
COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION -
Australia has extensive competition and consumer laws dealing with, among other things, the promotion of competition and consumer protection. This section provides an introduction...more
Under Belgian law, a copyrighted work may be used without the authorisation of the author(s) for the purposes of caricature, parody or pastiche. In the absence of any clear guidance on the interpretation of the concept of...more
Dean v. Cameron - USDC, S.D.N.Y., September 17, 2014:
Court dismisses artist’s copyright infringement suit against defendants, including James Cameron, involved in production and distribution of blockbuster feature...more
The California Court of Appeal held earlier this month that certain right of publicity claims are freely assignable, and that the Copyright Act does not preempt a right of publicity claim where the defendant has no legal...more
Evridiki (Vicki) Dallas covers issues related to:
- Choice of legal entity; Founder’s Shares and agreements; Stock Option Plans
- Trademark/Copyright/URL and other IP Concerns
- Data Privacy
Leslie Klinger, noted Sherlock Holmes scholar and lawyer, has waged a nearly all-out legal offensive against the Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle over the Estate’s assertion of a copyright in connection with certain works...more
Many of you have read about the dispute over copyright ownership of the monkey-selfie, where a primate took a digital photo that went viral and for which the owner of the camera tried to claim ownership. Ultimately the U.S....more
As this blog has documented on numerous occasions, Canada’s Copyright Act contains an “unlocatable owner” licensing mechanism (sometimes referred to as the “orphan works” mechanism), which enables prospective users of...more
District court finds that TVEyes’ media-monitoring service that continuously records vast amounts of television and radio content and allows subscribers to search transcripts and video clips of that content constitutes fair...more
On September 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a notable opinion on the relevance and importance of "transformative use" on the copyright fair use analysis. (Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC, No....more
While our last post dealt with the creation of photographs and other works of authorship by primates, robots and divine beings, this story is a little more grounded in facts that you might see in the average work...more
In 1969, while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Paul Soglin was arrested at the first Mifflin Street Block Party, a student protest of the Vietnam War. Over forty years later when that same Paul Soglin (now...more
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
Last month, Wikimedia (the operator of Wikipedia) again refused the request of British photographer David Slater to remove a picture of a monkey from the Wikimedia Commons database of publicly available photographs....more
..Disappearing ink. Facebook is testing, for a small group of users, a feature that will permit a user to schedule a post for automatic deletion after a specified period of time. It seems that the period can range from an...more
Paycom Payroll, LLC v. Richison -
Copying alone is insufficient to establish copyright infringement, according to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In an infringement action involving computer...more
I know this story crested a few weeks ago, but who can resist it? A famous 1998 Molson Canadian ad posed a Canadian version of the infinite monkey theorem. The cheeky ad, showing a seemingly endless array of monkeys on...more
In This Issue:
- Monkeying around with Copyright Laws - Who can Own a Copyright?
- Restrictions in Franchise Agreements Narrowly Construed
- The Eight Corners Rule and the District of Columbia
Over the past month, the internet has been abuzz trying to determine if the owner of the copyright to this photo belongs to the monkey or the camera owner, David Slater.
During a trip to Indonesia in 2011, Slater, a...more
If you are looking for answers to copyright questions, the Copyright Office’s newly issued 1,222-page “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices” might seem like a good resource. The book, issued on August 19, 2014, to...more
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