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Members of the Berkshire Museum File Appeal Papers to Stop Museum's Planned Sale of 40 Works from its Collection

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(Boston, MA, January 16, 2018) Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed its papers in the appeal by its clients, the members of the Berkshire Museum who sued to enjoin the museum’s sale of 40 works of art and sculpture. The appeal...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2018

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Crowdsourced Content in Video Games: How Ownership Issues Almost “Ganked” a Copyright Case - In Blizzard Entertainment v. Lilith Games (Shanghai) Company, a federal court denied a motion for partial summary judgment for...more

Oh, the Places Copyright and Trademark Law Go!

In a case described by the judge as presenting an “important question regarding the emerging ‘mash-up’ culture,” a jury will consider the copyright and trademark claims raised by a Star Trek version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the...more

Empire Strikes Back: First Amendment Protects TV Series Title

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of trademark infringement specific to the title of an expressive work, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s conclusion that Twentieth Century Fox’s use of the name...more

Dr. Dre Wins Partial Summary Judgment in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

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Andre Romelle Young, a.k.a Dr. Dre, was awarded partial summary judgement after a Kentucky federal judge found the hip-hop mogul and NWA member not liable for copyright infringement of plaintiff’s sound recording. ...more

Text, blood and rock 'n' roll

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A recent case involving the legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd is noteworthy not only for the fame of its parties, but also for its important and expansive outcome regarding an important eDiscovery issue. In Ronnie Van Zant,...more

Ninth Circuit Weighs In On Scope of Identifiable Information under VPPA

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the Ninth Circuit added to an existing circuit split that has emerged regarding the definition of “personally identifiable information” under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). The Ninth Circuit...more

Closed List Arbitrator Appointments: A Case Study

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The Selection of international arbitrators is one of the most important aspects of the arbitral process. Established methods span from the selection of arbitrators by agreement between the parties to the selection by...more

Dr. Seuss is Drooling Over Court’s Pre-Holiday Ruling

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

You know of this lawsuit, we’ve blogged on it twice, It’s time for a check-in, to see who’s naughty and nice. The Plaintiff as you know is the heir of Dr. Seuss, And fussing and fuming about an alleged unfair use....more

SeaWorld Shareholders See Red After World Sees Blackfish

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A California District Court granted certification to a group of SeaWorld investors in a shareholder securities fraud case following the release of the documentary “Blackfish.” ...more

Avatars, Facial Scans & Virtual Basketball: Second Circuit Tosses Biometric Privacy Case

A recent federal appellate ruling delivered a significant blow to invasion of privacy claims based on facial recognition technology used to scan users’ faces that are then put on their personalized players “in-game,” allowing...more

Injunction Against Berkshire Museum Sale Is Extended

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The Single Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court (Joseph A. Trainor) has extended the injunction against the Berkshire Museum's proposed sale of 40 works of art in its collection until at least January 29, 2018. In its...more

Christie v. NCAA: Will New Jersey’s Bet on Sports Gambling Pay Off?

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On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the much anticipated case, Christie v. NCAA, in which the Court is considering New Jersey’s bid to permit sports gambling at the state’s casinos and race tracks. A...more

Has Fox’s “Empire” Ended the Battle? Ninth Circuit Expands Scope of Permissible Promotion of Expressive Works

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On the day after the airing of “Fortune Be Not Crost,” the sixth episode of season four of Fox’s popular show “Empire,” Fox had some good fortune of its own when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a declaratory...more

The 9th Circuit Adopts the “Ordinary Person” Standard for “Personally Identifiable Information” Under The Video Privacy Protection...

• The 9th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action alleging that ESPN disclosed “personally identifiable information” in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (VPPA) by knowingly disclosing to...more

Summary Judgment For Insurer Leaves Porn Site Unprotected Against Actors’ HIV Claims

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A federal court on Monday held California’s State Insurance Compensation Fund has no obligation to cover a series of claims from three porn actors against Cybernet for allegedly causing them to contract human immunodeficiency...more

Is it a Privilege to Speak With a PR Consultant? Maybe Not for Kesha!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

So you were just retained on what could become a high-profile case. The stakes are high, and it’s unclear how this will play in the media. The issue may arise based on the parties to the case, the nature of the claims, or...more

Good News for Game Developers: Court Extends Protections for Using Others’ Trademarks in the Advertising of Artistic Works

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a move that will likely benefit game developers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit explicitly held that First Amendment protection extends to use of third-party trademarks in the commercial promotion of an...more

Demi Lovato, Idina Menzel, and Disney Sued Over Frozen Song “Let It Go”

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Demi Lovato, Idina Menzel, and Disney are amongst the defendants who were sued over the hit song, “Let It Go,” featured in the popular 2013 Disney film, Frozen....more

Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal on Standing Grounds of Biometric Privacy Suit over Videogame Facial Scan Feature

With the flood of Illinois biometric privacy suits lodged against employers in recent months, and multiple biometric privacy suits against social media and other mobile platforms currently pending over the use of photo...more

Famed NYT Cartoonist Illustrates Winning Argument in Breach of Contract Action

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For more than seven decades, the Arts sections of the New York Times featured cartoons by the famous artist Al Hirschfeld, whose works were celebrated for their clean crisp lines, as well as the artist’s penchant for...more

“A Gronking To Remember” Plaintiffs Lose Right Of Publicity Appeal

For those of you in desperate need of Christmas present ideas for a New England Patriots fan, you can rest assured that your ironic backup option – a copy of the romance novel, A Gronking to Remember – is still available for...more

Graffiti Artists “Tag” Developer in Court: Graffiti Art Protected Under Visual Artists Rights Act in Advisory Verdict

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Earlier this month, in Cohen et al v. G&M Realty LP et al., a jury impaneled in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York found that a developer violated the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (“VARA”) when...more

Second Circuit Holds Section 1782 Discovery Is Available For Use In A Foreign Or International Proceeding Even Where Applicant...

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This case arose out of a dispute between Intervenors-Appellants Yves Bouvier and MEI Invest Ltd. (collectively, “Bouvier”) and Petitioners-Appellees Accent Delight International Ltd. and Xitrans Finance Ltd. (collectively,...more

Members of the Berkshire Museum Appeal Ruling on Planned Sale of Critical Pieces of its Collection

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Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed an appeal on behalf of its clients, the members of the Berkshire Museum who sued to enjoin the museum’s sale of 40 works of art and sculpture. The appeal is brought as a result of the...more

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