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.
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If you’ve got a Facebook account, the following video has probably made an appearance or two (or twenty) in your status feed last month...more
If you know your Internet memes, you may already have rolled your eyes at the title above. If you don’t get the (dated, I admit) reference, you can, of course, just google it. That “of course” is Google’s strategic vision...more
It was the ad video gone viral of three young girls proudly showing off their elaborate Rube Goldberg machine made of repurposed pink toys. They sang “it’s time to change, we deserve to see a range” and called for girls “to...more
On November 15, Judge Chin of the Southern District of New York issued a long-awaited decision in the Google Books case, Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc. Google Books — the project through which Google provides access to...more
When last we looked in on the Google Books dispute, the Second Circuit had overturned class certification in the suit, brought by the Authors Guild and multiple individual authors, on the basis that the District Court first...more
There’s no question that Google’s massive book digitization project has enormous social benefits. Researchers and students are able to find and analyze relevant information more quickly than ever before, authors and...more
In 2004, Google announced a project that, at the time, seemed audacious: a universal library, searchable online. Book lovers rejoiced. “This is our chance to one-up the Greeks!” one archivist said (echoing what the rest of...more
An action for declaratory and injunctive relief to establish the rights of a toy company, GoldieBlox, in connection with a parody video set to the tune of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls.”...more
The Authors Guild Inc. v. Google Inc., USDC, S.D. New York, November 14, 2013 -
District court grants Google’s summary judgment motion, holding that Google’s scanning and indexing of copyrighted books for its Google...more
JD Supra's new Law Matters series asks experts for their quick take on legal developments of the day, and how such matters affect people in their personal and professionals lives. Stay tuned for others...more
After the Second Circuit ruling in Cariou v. Prince, which we wrote about on this blog here, photographer Patrick Cariou felt that the decision was too subjective, calling it an “I know it when I see it” approach for...more
Round one of the long-fought Google Books case has ended in a summary judgment victory for defendant Google. The Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York held yesterday that Google’s copying, use,...more
More than a century ago, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes warned that it would be dangerous for people trained only in the law to decide the worth of a work of art—at least outside of the narrowest and most obvious limits. As...more
While a legal battle will continue between a Second Life content "consultant" and a school teacher using the online virtual-world creating program as an educational tool, the Southern District of New York made one thing clear...more
Almost a year ago, we noted (You’re Getting Sued for What? An E&O Odyssey (Pt 9)) that the owners of the late author William Faulkner’s intellectual property rights had sued Sony Pictures Classics for copyright infringement...more
Pinterest is a pinboard-style content-sharing website where users can post photos and other content, share images and comment on each other’s content. Its rapid success—it is reported to have more than 50 million users—has...more
Gone are the days where live music performances consist solely of flashing lights, backup dancers and pyrotechnics. Today’s artists utilize massive video screens to coordinate descriptive images with their music. The...more
While the largest media companies have entire legal departments devoted to defending litigation, smaller companies may have only one in-house counsel, usually someone more familiar with business transactions than defending...more
Preliminary Injunction Ordered Based on Appellate Claim Construction Aria Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. -
Addressing a preliminary injunction filed by a defendant in a...more
It’s often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to running an online marketing campaign or social media site, imitating (or straight-up copying) other peoples’ content can be the quickest...more
Last month, photographer Peter Cariou petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the Second Circuit ruling in Cariou v. Prince, 714 F.3d 694 (2d Cir. 2013), a copyright infringement case, in which the Second Circuit held that...more
The answer is one that frustrates people the most — it depends. In most circumstances, you run the risk of violating the copyright of the person who took the picture, so the best practice is to seek permission first (more on...more
In this presentation:
- Social Media – Everywhere
- How Does Social Media Work for You?
- When Social Media Works against You
- Laws – Evolving
- Intellectual Property:...more
As football season approaches, it is not surprising that star quarterbacks such as San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick are making the news. I read an article in Forbes magazine about “Questions Concerning Copyright of Athlete...more
Yesterday the Second Circuit issued its decision undoing the District Court’s certification of a plaintiff class in the long-running lawsuit claiming that the Google Books Library Project violates copyright in millions of...more