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Parody Infringement

(Subway) Eat Flesh, An Effective Parody?

This past weekend one of my sons said, “Dad, I have a good blog topic for you.” After he explained, it was clear, yes, son you do! So, he sent me the photo to the left. It is one that he recently snapped at a place that sells...more

You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Fair Use

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

Pun Marks Are Fun Marks! Then Why Is Chewy Vuiton OK, But Not Ben & Cherry’s?

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Last year a California porn studio, Caballero Video, paid dubious homage to Ben & Jerry’s® (“B&J”) when it launched a “Ben & Cherry’s” film series. Even the less explicit titles in the series, such as BOSTON CREAM THIGH...more

Thankful I Didn’t Copy Images, Parody The Beastie Boys, Use Overbearing TOS Or Have To Stand Behind TheDirty

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

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 - In...more

Goldieblox, Inc. v. Island Def Jam Music Group, et al.

Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief

by JD Supra Perspectives on

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

Modernising the exceptions to copyright: the government consults on the draft amendments

by Reed Smith on

Last December in the document Modernising Copyright the government set out its decisions to amend some of the current exceptions to copyright protection and to add some new ones. The Intellectual Property Office has now...more

Need A Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift? Be Careful!

Do you need to buy a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? You may be thinking of picking up the best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey. Be careful – you need to read this post so that you are not confused and buy something else....more

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