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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 2

Preparing patent applications for examination at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires proficient writing, detailed knowledge of the requirements of the Patent Act, and technical acumen. Once a patent...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

Fair Use on The Loose For The Great Dr. Seuss!

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

You may remember, you may recall, A certain infringement suit filed last fall. It was filed by the heirs of the great Dr. Seuss, And now they’ve run smack dab into the doctrine of fair use....more

Ukraine: The rules regarding a combat of Internet piracy entered into force (Ukrainian)

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On 26 April 2017 amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Copyright and Related Rights” (the Law) and a number of other normative acts adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the VR of Ukraine) on 23 March 2017 and aimed at...more

Ukraine: The rules regarding a combat of Internet piracy entered into force

by Dentons on

On 26 April 2017 amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Copyright and Related Rights” (the Law) and a number of other normative acts adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the VR of Ukraine) on 23 March 2017 and aimed at...more

Internet Service Providers Must Register DMCA Agents In Copyright Office’s New Online Registry

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) grants Internet service providers and intermediaries (collectively “ISPs”) a series of safe harbors that limit secondary liability for copyright infringement. 17 U.S.C. § 512...more

Two layers of photo ownership in conflict in street photography case

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

“I own the photos.” It seems like a simple statement, but in copyright law, ownership isn’t simple. One person can own physical photographs, but not have the right to use them, because someone else owns the copyrights....more

Food Network’s Holiday Treat Sours Amidst Copyright Infringement Suit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Food Network is snowed in controversy after popular food blogger, baker and CSO (“Chief Sugar Officer”) of the recipe site SugarHero.com Elizabeth LaBau filed for copyright infringement this month alleging the network...more

Practice Tips for Copyright Owners in the Wake of Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

After considering almost a year’s worth of substantive briefing (including fifteen separate amicus briefs), oral argument, at least ten distinct tests employed in courts throughout the country, as well as numerous novel tests...more

Business Litigation Report - May 2017

Recent Decisions Regarding Discovery Scope and Proportionality Requirements Under New Federal Rules - Over the past eighteen months, federal courts have issued numerous important decisions clarifying the impact of the most...more

Tips to Set Your Business up for Successful IP Litigation

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Delay in asserting IP rights can be detrimental to obtaining quick injunctive relief, and evidentiary gaps can make your case a non-starter. It is therefore important for a business to be prepared to advance claims against...more

Reminder: Service Providers Must Comply with New Requirements for Copyright Safe Harbor by December 31, 2017

Under regulations issued late last year by the United States Copyright Office, to receive safe harbor protection, all “service providers” must electronically register an agent to receive notices of copyright infringement...more

Social Links: Court disallows firing over Facebook page rant; Ether threatens Bitcoin’s reign as top digital currency; NBA slam...

One year since agreeing with the European Commission to remove hate speech within 24 hours of receiving a complaint about it, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are removing flagged content an average of 59% of the...more

The Top Hits: Fashion Cases with a Big Impact

by Knobbe Martens on

Over the last year, there have been some significant trademark and copyright cases in the fashion industry. Below are summaries of recent cases all brand owners should know and understand. These cases touch on important...more

Resistance is Futile: Axanar Productions settles with CBS and Paramount to end copyright infringement suit over fan film

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Axanar will finally beam down to YouTube after CBS and Paramount Pictures (“Paramount”) reached a settlement with Axanar Productions to end all ongoing litigation regarding the Star Trek fan film....more

European Copyright Reform – Safe Harbour and the Value Gap

by Reed Smith on

Copyright law in Europe is changing. In a client alert last year we highlighted the European Commission’s plans to tackle what some content owners have termed the ‘value gap’, as well as complaints of unfair practices in the...more

All infringements aren’t equal

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Are all copyright infringements created equal? Or should courts distinguish between different levels of intent, significance, and harm? Results in two recent cases suggest that circumstances have significant effects on...more

Top Ten Urban Legends of Intellectual Property

1. Poor Man’s patent/copyright: mail yourself a copy of what you want protected and don’t open it.The sealed information can then be used to prove ownership of the intellectual property contained in it. While this may...more

P. Diddy on Instagram – No Free Pass on Copyright Law

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As Biggie said “Mo Money Mo Problems” – Last month, a New York-based photojournalist filed suit again Diddy’s record label, Bad Boy Records, for posting a photo of none other than P. Diddy himself on his own Instagram...more

You May Be an OSP: Know These Changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This alert provides an overview of important new changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) portion of U.S. copyright law that impact online service providers (“OSPs)—including countless websites,...more

Copyright in Seismic Data is Confirmed

by Field Law on

In a decision last year, GSI (Geophysical Service Incorporated) sued to win control over seismic data that it claimed to own. GSI used copyright principles to argue that by creating databases of seismic data, it was the...more

The Supreme Court Rolled Back Patent Venue — What Will Happen Now for Copyright?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court recently sounded the death knell for patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas, overruling the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) and dramatically reducing forum shopping in...more

ECJ Strengthens Position of Media Industry in Fight Against Piracy

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a judgment on the liability of sellers of set-top boxes containing pre-installed add-ons enabling illegal access to motion pictures as well as to Pay-TV and SVoD...more

Media Law Bulletin: To Sample or Not to Sample?

by Sedgwick LLP on

Conflict is brewing among the United States Courts of Appeals as to when a musical artist’s use of a sample from another artist’s musical work is non-infringing. Three key opinions analyzing this issue were decided by the...more

Eleventh Circuit Joins Split Court Decisions on Registration Precondition for Copyright Suits

Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act generally requires copyright registration, or a refusal of registration, before a copyright action may be filed. This has led to a variety of decisions from the Circuit and District Courts...more

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