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A Little More Monkey Business. . .

Since our prior post, the “monkeying around” has only continued. At the end of last week, the U.S. Copyright Office stated definitively that it would not “register works produced by plants, animals or divine or supernatural...more

Cheeky Monkey: Wikipedia claims copyright comes down to the press of a button

In my childhood, come summer, the UK Parliament would go into recess, and because that seemed to signal the end of lots of newsworthy items—political scandals, Government and opposition taunting each other, etc.—the period...more

Agence France Presse v. Morel

Agence France Presse v. Morel - USDC, S.D. New York, August 13, 2014 - District court upholds jury’s award of maximum statutory copyright damages of $1.2 million, plus $20,000 in DMCA damages, finding sufficient...more

Legal World Goes Bananas Over Monkey Selfie Copyright Dispute

Looks like some copyright monkey business is afoot! Wikipedia, the collaborative free online encyclopedia, and David Slater, a British photographer, are currently in a copyright dispute over a photograph taken by a primate....more

Using Images Without Permission is No Monkey Business

Who owns the rights to a selfie taken by a monkey? While it sounds like a law school exam, it is based on a real story as reported here by the American Bar Association. According to the article, a monkey picked up the...more

Monkey See, Monkey Do Selfie?

Is photography nowadays really so easy even a monkey can do it? What about a caveman? If Wikimedia is right, the caveman would own a copyright in his selfie (or perhaps Geico, under the work for hire doctrine)...more

Copyright Ownership is not Monkey Business: Wikimedia and Slater Fight Over Selfie Photographs

A simmering dispute about ownership of a copyright in photographs has now garnered international attention. As more fully reported in an article in the British newspaper The Telegraph, British photographer David Slater has...more

Copyright and Forum Shopping

Having been brought up at a time when the humour of Monty Python was influential on a young mind, I can’t help thinking of the ‘nudge, nudge, wink, wink’, sketch when reading about photographs. In the sketch, Eric Idle asks a...more

Copyright Litigation and the Risk of Double Costs

An American photojournalist, Ms. Leuthold, was on the scene in New York City on September 11, 2001. She licensed a number of still photographs to the CBC for use in a documentary about the 9/11 attacks. The photos were...more

Stock Photo Agency Need Not List All Photographs in Its Compilation

Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pub. Co. - Joining with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a stock photo agency is the valid...more

The CFAA Does Not Apply To Facebook Photo Theft

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 1030 et seq, is a criminal statute that forbids, among other things, "intentionally access[ing] a protected computer, without authorization" when the access...more

Considerations for Businesses When Using Getty's New "Free" Images

Getty Images, one of the largest online U.S. stock photo image companies, recently made over 35 million photo images from its inventory available for free online use by any interested person. Getty had previously charged for...more

Considerations for Nonprofits when Using Getty's New "Free" Images

Getty Images, one of the largest online U.S. stock photo image companies, recently made over 35 million photo images from its inventory available for free online use by any interested person. Getty had previously charged for...more

Massachusetts Court Ruling on ‘Upskirt’ Photos

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has overruled a lower court’s decision to arrest and prosecute a man for taking photos up women’s skirts and dresses. In 2010, Michael Robertson was arrested in a sting after...more

Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. - USCA Ninth Circuit, March 18, 2014

Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. - USCA Ninth Circuit, March 18, 2014: Ninth Circuit holds that copyright registration of database of stock photography successfully registered component...more

Who Owns Ellen DeGeneres’ Now-Famous Academy Awards “Selfie”?

In 2012, law professor Justin Hughes published an article in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology that raised serious questions about how courts have analyzed the Copyright Act’s originality requirement as it applies to...more

Quirky Question #216, Use of a Photograph of a Former Employee

A junior member of our marketing department left to join a competitor. While she was with us, she created numerous marketing brochures with photographs of her demonstrating our product. We received a letter from the...more

Sarah Palin and North Jersey Media Group Battle Over “Fair Use” of Famous 9/11 Photo

The iconic “Raising the Flag at Ground Zero” photo of firemen raising an American flag on September 11, 2001, which appeared on the cover of The Record newspaper and other newspapers on September 12, is at the heart of a...more

Lessons From Naked Pictures

Sometimes you can find great employment law lessons in the craziest places and lawsuits, and even non-employment law lawsuits. This month, a decision was issued by a Family Court Judge in Brooklyn, New York that, while an...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #34

We are pleased to present the 34th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight news that will have an impact on business and litigation, including articles and links...more

Can Saying Cheese Expose an Employer to Liability?

It’s holiday time! And what comes with the holidays? Company holiday parties! Pictures from holiday parties can leave employers with a holiday hangover. Below we look at several scenarios that provide some guidance and...more

Photographers’ Rights in California

What rights do a photographer have to take a photo and what limits may law enforcement or the courts impose on those rights? The courts in California have not clearly defined these rights. However, some guidance can be...more

Electronic Transfer of Copyright Approved by Fourth Circuit

The Fourth Circuit has confirmed what many copyright holders have long hoped was true: That copyright interests can be validly transferred through electronic means, despite language in the 1976 Copyright Act requiring that...more

Take it Personally - Courts Provide Insight into the Value and Implications of Moral Rights

Since moral rights were introduced by amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) in 2000, there have been only a handful of decisions which have considered their application. However, two recent decisions highlight that it is...more

Building and Protecting Your Association’s Brand in Social Media: Managing the Legal Pitfalls

In this presentation: - Social Media – Everywhere - How Does Social Media Work for You? - When Social Media Works against You - Laws – Evolving - Defamation - Intellectual Property:...more

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