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Copyright Safe Harbors: Establishing Protection Against Infringement Claims
To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more
A recent decision from the US federal courts offers a timely reminder of the importance for producers of specifically spelling out that they are obtaining “merchandising” rights from all actors performing in their film or TV...more
Copyright Claims Based on Submission of Prior Art to Patent Office Finally Dismissed: Were They The “Weakest Infringement Claims of All Time”?
In April 2012, we reported on four copyright lawsuits filed by the American...more
The good folks at Nova Scotia’s Artists’ Legal Information Society (ALIS) have published their free Legal Guide for Writers, a solid plain-English resource which will prove useful both for authors and their lawyers. Published...more
The internet does not know any national borders; website content can be viewed from anywhere in the world. This raises the question of what court has jurisdiction when the content of a website infringes on intellectual...more
Liable or not liable… this is the recurring dilemma in many jurisdictions. Is Youtube (Google) liable for the infringing contents uploaded by Youtube users?...more
Copyright disputes could soon outnumber patent infringement matters in the United States. This marks a significant shift, and stands poised to re-shape the IP litigation landscape....more
The requirements for registering trademarks, copyrights and business names can sometimes be puzzling. A variety of new scams are targeting people unfamiliar with the process by demanding payment for registering or renewing...more
The Supreme Court recently addressed the approach to assessment of copyright infringement in the case of Cinar Corporation v Robinson, 2013 SCC 73, and thereby provided some important guidance to courts facing similar...more
Last week the story du jour in the zany world of entertainment law blogging was actor Shia LaBeouf’s foray into film-making with his short film HowardCantour.com. It is now internet gospel that Mr. LaBeouf’s film blatantly...more
Software publishers and audit associations are reviewing web sites and on-line profiles in an effort to aid in copyright infringement enforcement. Representations made on web sites and professional networking profiles has at...more
Last month, I wrote about the preemptive lawsuit filed by GoldieBlox, a toy retailer, against the Beastie Boys. GoldieBlox sought declaratory relief that their use of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” in a GoldieBlox...more
..Court of Appeal Confirms High Court Decision and Finds no Copyright Infringement in Software With Same Functionality:
In SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd  EWCA Civ 1482 (21 November...more
CASES TO WATCH -
Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Copyright: Status: cert. granted
Issue: Is the equitable defense of laches available in a copyright claim filed within the Copyright Act’s three-year...more
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
In a concise decision, iOnRoad was able to get three challenged claims of a Mobileye Technologies patent into a trial for inter partes review in a case styled as iOnRoad, Ltd. v. Mobileye Techs., Ltd. (IPR2013-00227),...more
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC v. Southfork Sec., Inc., 2013 WL 5637747 (D. Idaho Oct. 15, 2013).
In this copyright infringement case, the plaintiff sought an ex parte temporary restraining order forcing the defendants...more
While in the UK the law in relation to the live streaming of free-to-view television channels has been resolved, following the reference to the CJEU and the High Court decision in the TVCatchUp (TVC) litigation, in favour of...more
Sports and Hollywood have long been inextricably linked – many athletes want to be and even become actors, countless actors have lived out their athletic fantasies on the silver screen, and it is no secret that athletes and...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
With the short Thanksgiving week, I thought we would touch on a few interesting stories developing over the last couple of weeks.
Photographer gets $1 million+ verdict from AFP and Getty for copied Twitpics -
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 is a brand new exposer of potential intellectual property violations on the scene, meet LogoThief.
“We exist to name and shame logo thieves and all others who plagiarise the work of logo designers.”
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
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