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IAB Seeks to Influence Marketers, Publishers With Influencer Guidance

Need help with influencer marketing? The Interactive Advertising Bureau has published a new guide that publishers and marketers can use to maximize their influencer marketing programs....more

Question Mark Leaves Court Questioning Defamation Claim

Demonstrating the power of punctuation, actor James Woods dodged a Twitter defamation suit after a federal court judge found that his use of a question mark meant his tweet was not a false statement of fact and merely invited...more

11th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Claim Against Law Firm for Its Internal Investigation

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

In a decision is sure to assuage the concerns of those engaged in conducting internal investigations, the 11th Circuit ruled last month that the law firm authors of an investigative report on the culture within a professional...more

Developer “Tagged” with $6.75 Million Damages Award for Willfully Destroying Graffiti Art of Recognized Stature

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

We previously posted about an advisory jury verdict rendered in the 5Pointz litigation (Cohen et al v. G&M Realty LP et al.), a case involving the whitewashing of the famous exterior aerosol (or “graffiti”) art in the space...more

The Freedom to Swim

by Wilson Elser on

In an August 2017 article, “0.44% of NFL Brains” we addressed The New York Times coverage of Dr. Ann Mckee’s report “Clinicopathological Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Players of American Football” (JAMA....more

Georgia Film Tax Credit Expanded to Post-Production

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, the Georgia legislature has expanded the film credit to cover “qualified post-production expenditures.” What is unique about this new law is that qualified...more

Chief Wahoo: A Look Back in History

by Fish & Richardson on

February 14 marks an unofficial end to winter because, as baseball fans know, this is the day when pitchers and catch­ers report for spring training. In honor of this happy occasion, and being both baseball fans and trademark...more

Caution: Olympic Marks Ahead Staying In-bounds with the U.S. Olympic Comittee

Beginning February 9th, the eyes of those interested in athletic endeavor and spectacle will turn to Pyeong Chang for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. As a brand owner, it is tempting to get caught up in and exploit the...more

Members of the Berkshire Museum Pledge to Continue Fight Against Liquidation of the Museum’s Art Collection

by Sullivan & Worcester on

(Boston, MA, February 13, 2018) Sullivan & Worcester LLP clients and Berkshire Museum members James Hatt, Kristin Hatt, and Elizabeth Weinberg sharply denounced today the agreement that was announced Friday evening between...more

New York's Position on Sports Betting and the Upside for Municipalities

by Harris Beach PLLC on

In 1992, Congress banned sports gambling outside of Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon with the passage of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Over the last couple decades, sports betting has grown into a...more

Cleveland Indians To Discontinue Use Of Chief Wahoo On Player Uniforms; Limited Use Of The Logo To Continue In Order To Preserve...

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Although the Supreme Court recently ruled that disparaging trademarks are protected by the First Amendment freedom of speech in Matal v. Tam, the Cleveland Indians have announced that they will cease use of their “Chief...more

MarkIt to Market® - January 2018

January marks the 50th issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® newsletter. This issue discusses Olympic marks ahead of the upcoming winter games, covers new protection for certification marks in the EU, provides an update...more

WIPO – No fan site for tribute band

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a panel ordered the transfer of a domain name that exactly matched the name of a...more

At Stake - February 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In very snowy Chicago weather, the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on February 9, 2018. Only the very brave attended! RIVERBOAT- After the approval of the meeting minutes from the January 2018...more

11th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Ex-NFL Coach's Defamation Action

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal appeals court has ruled that a former Miami Dolphins coach—accused of bullying a player—did not have a valid defamation claim against a law firm that investigated the team's locker room culture....more

France Returns Nazi Looted Art To Descendants Of Rightful Owners At The Louvre Museum

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent art world news, three paintings by Flemish master Joachim Patinir were formally handed over to the descendants of Herta and Henry Bromberg at the Louvre Museum by French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen. This is...more

Washington Redskins’ Us Trademark Registrations Reinstated By The Fourth Circuit

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On January 18, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reinstated the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations originally cancelled by the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board (“TTAB”) in 2014 in...more

What’s In a Name?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Question: What do Sean Combs, J.K. Rowling, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, and Mark Wahlberg have in common? Two things, actually. First, they are all listed on the Forbes 2017 Celebrity 100 List; second, they all have gone to...more

Internet Gambling, Cryptocurrency and IRS Enforcement

by Sanford Millar on

Could Internet Gambling Sites be one of their targets? There are numerous on-line interactive casinos that accept cryptocurrency as a medium of funding player accounts. The use of cryptocurrency presents a new enforcement...more

Were Analytics The Real MVP Of The Super Bowl?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As the Eagles readied to celebrate the franchise’s first Vince Lombardi trophy, an unlikely candidate basked in the glow of being declared the game’s Most Valuable Player. Surely it was Nick Foles who, on his way to upsetting...more

#GoldMedalEnforcement

Tonight is the start of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. For the next month, people will cheer and support their country’s athletes as they engage in physical feats that seem to defy human...more

Hands Off Jay-Z’s Hand Gesture Trademark

Words and pictures are so 2017. This year, it is all about the non-traditional trademarks (i.e., something other than brand names and images). In the past, we’ve covered a variety of these types of trademarks, from colors to...more

Trademark Law Offers Scant Protection When Bad Things “Happen” to Good Marks

There was a lot of discussion recently about the episode of NBC’s This Is Us, which implicated a faulty switch on a Crockpot® in the death of the family’s beloved patriarch, Jack Pearson. The manufacturers opened a Twitter...more

Let the Games Begin – Let Marketers Beware!

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again – Stay away from any advertising or promotional ideas that suggest authorization, sponsorship or an official connection to the Olympics. This means not using the Olympic Rings...more

BMG V. Cox Is Major Copyright Victory For Music Industry

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

While reversing and remanding for a new trial in light of certain errors in the jury instructions, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has largely sided with the copyright holders in the dispute between BMG Rights Management...more

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