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Political campaigns face copyright and robocall liabilities

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Though it seems to come as a surprise to many of them, politicians — even presidential candidates — have to live with the same intellectual property and communications laws that bedevil the rest of us....more

Cable and Satellite Royalty Claims Due to the Copyright Royalty Board by August 1, 2016

This advisory is directed to television stations with locally-produced programming whose signals were carried by at least one cable system located outside the station’s local service area or by a satellite provider that...more

6 Unique Challenges for Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an attractive global business centre and gateway to the wider Middle East region for international companies seeking to commercialise and exploit their brands, products and...more

Travelling With Your Online Account in Europe

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The European Commission’s proposal for cross-border portability of online content services for consumers is poised to bring changes to territorial licensing in the EU - Last year, we reported on the Commission’s...more

Holy Smokes Batman! The Batmobile Won Copyright Protection

On September 23, 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion that will cause comic book fans and car aficionados to take notice. In  DC Comics v. Mark Towle, the court held that the production and sale of replica Batmobiles...more

Six Key Ways to Protect Mobile Medical App IP

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

As a long-term means of protecting value for a mobile medical application (MMA) product, securing core intellectual property tops the list. The technology behind your app may represent most of your company’s value, as any...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - October 2015

The "Dancing Baby" Case—Ninth Circuit Rules That "Fair Use" Must First Be Considered Before Sending Takedown Notices Under the DMCA - Why it matters: On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Lenz v. Universal...more

Copyright Protection Goes ‘To the Batmobile!’ says the Ninth Circuit

by Reed Smith on

While the Caped Crusader drives around in his Batmobile protecting Gotham from its fringe, copyright law protects the Batmobile from infringers—this, according to the Ninth Circuit in DC Comics v. Towle. The Batmobile is more...more

Summary Judgment Ruling Not a Pretty Picture for Massachusetts Copyright Plaintiff

A recent decision from the District of Massachusetts demonstrates the difficulties that can arise when attempting to protect copyrighted works displayed on the internet. The July 29, 2015 order issued by the Honorable Patti...more

IP Law Tracker Docket Review

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more

State Law Claims Suffer “Awfully Big Adventure”: New York Court Finds Federal Copyright Preemption in Dispute over Peter Pan...

On June 8, 2015, the New York County Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice eight of twelve state law claims brought by a producer seeking damages for the purportedly unauthorized use of his music in a world-wide production...more

VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10) continued

Last post I mused that had Richard taken certain steps in the first season of Silicon Valley, he might now have ammunition to use against Hooli’s lawsuit. What am I talking about? To very crudely recap what happened last...more

DISHing it out with the Fox: How the Second Screen Has Survived Fox’s Copyright Attacks

January’s Central District of California ruling on Fox Broadcasting’s claims against the DISH Network clarifies some of the ambiguity surrounding second screen cross-device programming distribution and copyright infringement....more

Copycat Characters and the Selective Enforcement of IP Rights

Spring is here with summer just around the corner. While many are preparing for barbeques and boating, others are finalizing plans and perhaps costumes in preparation for Comic-Con (Comic Book Convention) season....more

Can A House Be An Advertisement? The 5th Circ. Thinks So

by Zelle LLP on

In the world of general liability insurance policies, it is not uncommon for policies to exclude coverage for claims resulting from copyright or trademark infringement, while covering claims resulting from “advertising...more

What are you implying?

by Reed Smith on

Case law teaches contractors a valuable lesson when dealing with ownership of copyright. It is essential to deal with each party’s position, typically through a written copyright licence, to avoid pitfalls further down the...more

Sue-per Bowl Shuffle 2014: The Year in NFL-Related Intellectual Property Litigation

Heading into this year’s Super Bowl party season, there are two things every lawyer should be concerned about. First, why can’t your team get it together? Second, what do you do if you are asked to explain to your friends and...more

Trademark, Copyright and Licensing for Engineers

by Jackson Walker on

In This Presentation: - Trademarks: • What is a trademark? • How do you protect a trademark? • How do you avoid infringing trademarks of others? - Copyrights: • What is a copyright? • How do you...more

STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

President Obama has signed H.R. 5728, reauthorizing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (“STELA”) which was set to expire at the end of this year. The new law, entitled the STELA Reauthorization Act of...more

A Hypothetical-License Damages Theory Must Be Rooted in Non-Hypothetical Evidence

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Oracle Corporation v. SAP AG - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has explained that a copyright owner is not required to show that it actually would have granted a license to the defendant before it can...more

An Update On The Legal Implications Of User-Generated Content: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, And Instagram

by Jackson Walker on

Traditionally, media companies (as well as non-media companies) almost exclusively utilized their own content. However, because of the exponential growth in the public’s desire and ability to interconnect through social media...more

Star Wars: Redefining Trademark and Copyright Law Since A Long Time Ago

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The Star Wars series is truly an exceptional franchise, having broken box office records, creating legions of fans, and bringing the idea of collateral merchandise licensing to an unprecedented level. Also, how many other...more

“Free Sherlock” Litigation Raises Specter of Antitrust Liability for Distributors Cooperating With Intellectual Property Owners

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

The Challenge of the Unlocatable Copyright Owner – Checklists!

by Dentons on

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

Confidentiality & Sealing Orders in Software Disputes

by Field Law on

Two software companies wanted to integrate their software products. The relationship soured and one of the parties - McHenry - purported to terminate the Software Licensing and Development Agreement and then launched a...more

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