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Transformative Use or Infringement

In Cariou v. Prince, 714 F3d 694 [106 USPQ2d 1497] (2d Cir. 2013), the Second Circuit said that a use of a copyrighted work need not comment on the original artist or work, or on popular culture, in order to constitute...more

Oh Yes They Did! - Ninth Circuit Holds that Use of Moderators May Impact DMCA Safe Harbor Shield

by Bryan Cave on

In Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., No. 14-56596 (9th Cir. 2017) the Ninth Circuit held that the use of moderators by social media website LiveJournal created a question of fact as to whether the Digital...more

States Continue to Fill Gaps in Privacy Legislation: Illinois Biometric Law Gains Traction and Serves as Model for Other States

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Enacted in 2008, Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (740 ILCS 14/1 or BIPA), generally requires companies to obtain a person’s consent before collecting, capturing, or purchasing a person’s “biometric identifier” or...more

Legal Lessons from “Maserati Rick” – The Man Who Falsely Claimed to be a Miami Dolphin for Over 3 Years

by Butler Snow LLP on

In 2014, Ricardo Agnant, a.k.a. “Maserati Rick,” snuck into an NFL Regional Combine at the Miami Dolphins’ training center. An NFL Regional Combine is a selective NFL-sanctioned event that provides aspiring NFL athletes a...more

You Should Know - April 2017

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse? Choosing nursing home, assisted living or in-home medical care is complicated, difficult and often an emotional process. The last thing on your mind is the possibility...more

Yes—Copying Photographs from the Internet Can Get You into Trouble

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Although it happens all the time, reproducing photographs found on the internet for use in business is fraught with risk. Businesses should only copy images where there is clear permission to use them—or face a substantial...more

Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Rules on Copyright Preemption of Right-of-Publicity Claims

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, in Maloney v. T3 Media, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that claims under state right-of-publicity law are preempted by the Copyright Act “when a likeness has been captured in a...more

Brewery and Beer Distributor Sued over Promotional Contest

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A North Carolina woman has commenced legal action against Anheuser-Busch, LLC (“Anheuser-Busch”) and its North Carolina distributor, R.A. Jeffreys Distributing Company (“R.A. Jeffreys”), in connection with Anheuser-Busch’s...more

Photographer hits retailer over photo of player hitting Joey Bats

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

One of the best sports photographs in recent history captured a 2016 incident where Texas Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor hit Toronto Blue Jay José Bautista in the face. That memorable image is at the center of a new...more

Court Gives Broad Reading to Illinois Biometric Privacy Act

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (IBIPA) covers face geometry scans that are created from digital images, according to a preliminary ruling last month in a lawsuit against Google. Rivera v. Google Inc., No. 16 C...more

Intellectual Property Traps for the Unwary Business

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

Businesses often have misconceptions when it comes to intellectual property issues. Here are a few questions and answers on topics about which clients often ask us for advice...more

News-Gatherer not Nightcrawler: District Court Denies NYPD’s Motion to Dismiss Photojournalist’s First Amendment Complaint

by Genova Burns LLC on

The U.S. District Court in Manhattan recently allowed a photojournalist’s complaint against the New York Police Department (NYPD) and City of New York to go forward. In Jason B. Nicholas v. The City of New York, 15-CV-9592,...more

Court Refuses to Dismiss Biometric Privacy Action over Facial Recognition Technology Used by Google Photos

We’ve closely followed the numerous biometric privacy disputes and legislative developments surrounding the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which precludes the unauthorized collection and storing of some...more

CMS Begins Enforcement of New State Surveyors Requirement-Resident Abuse through Photography

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On August 5, 2016 CMS issued new guidance advising survey teams to request and review facility policies and procedures that prohibit staff from taking, keeping and/or distributing photographs and recordings that demean or...more

The Yellow Pages Live On

Calling the district court’s action an “abuse of discretion,” the 11th Circuit reversed a decision that cut by more than 90 percent a successful copyright infringement plaintiff’s request for attorney’s fees and costs. Yellow...more

Woman Claims Her Picture is Worth $2 Billion in Right of Publicity Suit

by Bryan Cave on

Could a promotional photograph of a restaurant scene that includes a customer with her hand partially obscuring her face be worth more than $2 billion? That’s what a lawsuit brought by the customer claims....more

Sue-per Bowl Shuffle III: The Year In NFL-Related Intellectual Property Litigation

Two years ago, I started worrying about what would happen if someone at a Super Bowl party asked me to explain an NFL-related lawsuit, particularly one of those intellectual property lawsuits that sports fans assume IP...more

Using a Person's Image for Commercial Purposes: Lessons Learned from the Chipotle $2.2 Billion Lawsuit

This month, a California woman sued Chipotle for $2.2 billion based on the burrito chain's unauthorized use of her photograph in its promotional materials. The $2.2 billion demand represents Chipotle's profits from 2006, when...more

For the Time Being, Tech Companies Remain Shielded from Liability for Users’ Uploaded Content

by Butler Snow LLP on

Thanks to recent decisions by the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals, tech companies will remain protected from liability for some of their users’ uploaded content under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and...more

NLRB Says Social Media Policy Cannot Prohibit Employees from Posting Pictures of Company Uniforms

At least for now, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues its assault on employer social media policies. In a recent Board decision, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc., the majority declared a variety of policies...more

French Justice In A California Court: Copyright, Picasso And The “Astreinte”

The peoples of France and the United States tend to view things very differently — Jerry Lewis, berets and processed cheese food, to name just a few. Law sometimes transcends this divide – for example, French and American...more

9th Circuit opens door to damages against retailers carrying infringing works

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

One of the attractions of copyright law is that copyright owners can recover substantial damages (which can go up to $150,000 in cases of willful infringement) without having to prove actual losses. But generally these...more

You Just Used My Picture Without Permission?

by LeClairRyan on

Artist Richard Prince’s exhibit entitled “New Portraits’’ was displayed at New York City’s Gagosian Gallery and Frieze New York during the summer of 2015. This exhibit featured screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos....more

Ninth Circuit Says Oui to French Copyright-Infringement Award

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing whether federal courts may go outside the pleadings when ruling on a motion to dismiss premised on foreign law, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit clarified that the content of foreign law is a “question...more

Trump Skittles tweet illustrates photo copyright hazards

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Even Halloween candy and political messages can implicate copyright law, as Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles tweet illustrates. Back in September, Trump sent a tweet incorporating a photograph of a bowl of Skittles entitled,...more

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