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Call It What You Want. Just Don’t Call It Copyright Infringement.

by Weintraub Tobin on

A demand letter is a formal way of telling someone, “now we got bad blood.” Recently, a Northern California blogger received a demand letter in which Taylor Swift threatened to sue the blogger. In so many words, the blogger...more

YouTube Protected by CDA Immunity over Claims That It Provided Material Support to Terrorists

Following the reasoning of several past decisions, a California district court dismissed claims against Google under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 18 U.S.C. § 2333, for allegedly providing “material support” to ISIS by...more

“The Cosby Show” Producer Demands BBC Foot The Bill For Using Show Clips In Documentary Exposé

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Former American icon Bill Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting at least sixty women over five decades, according to Time Magazine. But the Carsey-Werner Company, which produced Cosby’s hit sitcom “The Cosby Show”,...more

Ka-pow! 9th Circuit Finds Social Media Gag Order Unconstitutional in COMIC CON Trademark Dispute

by Reed Smith on

In a previous post, we analyzed the battle over the trademark COMIC CON, which is owned by the San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) but has been used by over 100 other comic book convention organizers. SDCC brought suit against...more

Florida Supreme Court Denies Copyright Protection for Sound Recordings Predating Coverage Under the Federal Copyright Act

by Reed Smith on

In a major victory for media and broadcast entities, the Supreme Court of Florida recently established that Florida law does not recognize exclusive copyright protections for sound recordings that were “fixed” before February...more

When Experience Is Everything

If you ask any social media-wielding user (aka the world), experience is having a moment. And we suspect that it’s going to be a really long moment that won’t be ending anytime soon. From record attendance at Coachella and...more

The Future of VR: Sports Programming to Drive Adoption?

Could sports become the killer app for virtual reality (VR)? At least one prominent venture capitalist believes that will be case. Todd Klein, partner of Revolution Growth, a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded by...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Republican Frank White Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican state Representative Frank White announced his candidacy in the open 2018 race for Florida AG. He is also the general counsel...more

Hackers Score Touchdown: NFL Players Association Hit With Data Breach

A data breach of the National Football League Players Association’s (“NFLPA”) website has exposed the personal information of nearly 1,200 players and agents....more

eSports coming to the fore for policymakers in Europe

by White & Case LLP on

ESports' First EU Parliamentary Discussion - "eSports in Europe: What Policy Response?" was the title of the first conference about competitive gaming's current regulation and sport status in the EU. On September 6, 2017,...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q3 2017

by Benesch on

Twenty-five percent of world trade could be wiped out by 2060 as result of 3D printing technology: ING - According to estimates provided by a report from ING, progress in 3D printing technology will see one-quarter of...more

Privacy Tip #108 – October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Beware of Scam Netflix Email

Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. I wish it was more uplifting than the current state of affairs, but it has never been so important. ...more

Can Cloned Video Games Survive the Battle Royale?

Cloning is the process of creating a video game that is significantly motivated or inspired by an existing popular video game or series. Developers have been cloning popular video games since the 1980s, including Tetris,...more

Drug Cartel Heirs Have Netflix In Their Crosshairs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Drug cartels are notorious for murder and extortion, but the family of the late drug lord Pablo Escobar has unleashed the scariest weapon of all–trademark litigation. Escobar, Inc. has a longstanding grudge against the...more

Taking His Talents To The Southern District Of New York: Are LeBron James’ Tattoos Subject To Copyright?

by Weintraub Tobin on

With nearly 30% of Americans sporting at least one tattoo (up from 20% just four years ago), tattoos are becoming commonplace. This is even clearer among younger Americans, with nearly half of Millennials sporting ink. ...more

9th Circuit’s VidAngel decision vindicates lawful video filtering service

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Some have cast the Disney v. VidAngel proceeding, decided August 24 by the 9th Circuit, as the “big studios” versus the “little guy”; the movie studios’ collective effort to kill filtering. This is far from the truth....more

Not So Entertaining: Cybercrime In The Entertainment Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although certain industries are known targets for cyber attacks – healthcare, financial, government – cyber attacks pose a threat to all sectors. Organizations in the entertainment industry have increasingly become targets of...more

The Internet Stole My Face: New Advances in Technology Could Make Everyone a Digital Video Puppet

“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” Edgar Alan Poe wrote those words over a century ago, yet if he were alive today he may opt for the darker: “Believe nothing you hear and nothing you see.” Over the...more

Plaintiff in Gridiron Battle Over Place of Expert Testimony in Software Copyright Claim Requests Supreme Court to Be Referee

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The software engineer who first coded the popular “John Madden Football” (now Madden NFL) computer video game has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow expert witness testimony to support his software copyright claim, over 25...more

Creator Of NBA 2K16 Warns Tattoo Lawsuit Could Leave Lasting Impression

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A multi-million dollar lawsuit for copyright infringement against Take Two Software, the creators of NBA 2K16 has proved to be anything but a slam dunk. The alleged infringement concerns player avatars displaying tattoos...more

0.44% of NFL Brains

by Wilson Elser on

When The New York Times reports that 110 out of 111 NFL brains (99.09%) have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), everyone pays attention. Mothers worry about their kids. Some worry about their jobs. Senate subcommittees...more

Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These...more

Protecting Online Games in China

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With the exponential growth of online gaming (particularly mobile gaming) in China, more and more western content providers are entering the Chinese gaming market and seeking to protect their businesses in China’s courts...more

Privacy Tip #98 – Publishers Clearinghouse Imposters are Stealing Consumers’ Money

We all dream about winning the lottery or the Publishers Clearing House folks secretly coming up our walkway and knocking on our door telling us we won millions of dollars. Well, I do....more

Three Million Wrestling Fans’ Data Compromised

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) has announced that it is investigating a “vulnerability of [a] database” containing over three million users’ names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, educational...more

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