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TVEyes Television Watch Service Not Protected by Fair Use

In Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc., Case No. 15-3886 (2nd Cir. 2018), the Second Circuit reversed a district court decision finding that a television broadcast search and watch service made fair use of Fox’s copyrighted...more

Embedding Content is Safe, Right? A Recent Case Says No, Creating Serious Concerns for Websites with Unlicensed Third-party...

by Fish & Richardson on

In the United States, copyright owners have a number of exclusive rights, including the right to publicly display a work of visual art. This would include, for instance, the right to post a copyrighted photograph on a...more

Big Loss For News Media In Copyright Case: Where Is Your Server, And Why Do I Care?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The digitization of content is forcing courts to take a fresh look at basic copyright concepts. The Disney v. Redbox case that I’ve recently blogged on addressed whether a digital download code is a “copy” of a work. Now a...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 16, Issue 1

Fair Use and Social Media Sites like BuzzFeed - Fair use, an evolving doctrine and a very popular fallback for those on the Internet, has continued to be “the most troublesome in the whole law of copyright.” Its goal has...more

Showdown at SCOTUS Looms as SDNY Judge Certifies Her Opinion on Embedded Tweets for Interlocutory Appeal

by Wilson Elser on

On February 15, 2018, U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest rejected defendants’ motion for partial summary judgment in a case involving the embedding of an image online and called into question the applicability and...more

Loved By Many, Cloud-Based Remote DVR Programming Functionality Falls Victim As Rovi Files Second Patent Infringement Strike...

In another example of cloud-based technologies and services falling victim to increased patent litigation surrounding the cloud space, Rovi Guides, Inc. (a TiVo subsidiary) filed another patent campaign against its...more

New USPTO Specimen Pilot Program

by Knobbe Martens on

On March 6, 2018 the USPTO announced that it has started a pilot program that makes it easy to report specimens that have been digitally created, altered or fabricated. Third parties that believe that an application contains...more

No Foul: “Jumpman” Can Keep Soaring

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Rentmeester v. Nike, Inc., No. 15-35509, 2018 WL 1055846, at *6 (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2018) (Judge Paul J. Watford) - On February 27, the Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of copyright claims against Nike, Inc. alleging that...more

Vintage or Protectable? Steve Madden Creates Waves for the Ark

by Knobbe Martens on

Jasmin Larian, the owner of Cult Gaia, started selling the “Ark” bag in 2013. Since then the Ark bag has been seen on celebrities including Jessica Alba and was even touted as 2017’s “IT” bag. ...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018 #2

US, EU Near Agreement on Shellfish Trade - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to allow the import of raw bivalve molluscan shellfish—including clams, mussels, oysters and scallops—harvested in the...more

Successful Section 101 Motion to Dismiss: Digital Ad Delivery Is Abstract Concept

On March 1, 2018, United States District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendants’—Charter Communications, Inc. and Spectrum Management Holding Company, LLC (together, “Charter”)—motion to dismiss a patent...more

TVEyes Inc. Crosses the Boundary of Fair Use Defense in Copyright Infringement Case Against Fox News Network, LLC

by Bracewell LLP on

Plaintiff Fox News Network, LLC (“Fox”) brought a copyright infringement action against Defendant TVEyes, Inc. (“TVEyes”) for the copying and redistribution of Fox’s copyrighted content to consumers. On appeal, the United...more

New York Court Rebuffs Ninth Circuit’s Copyright “Server Test,” Finds Embedded Tweet Displaying Copyrighted Image to Be...

A New York district court recently held that a host of online news publishers and media websites that embedded certain tweets (containing unauthorized uploads of plaintiff’s copyrighted photo) on their websites violated the...more

Embedding Tweets May Be Copyright Infringement

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Most companies understand they should obtain a license before using a photograph in an advertising campaign or on printed materials. And yet companies may not think twice about embedding images from a tweet or social media...more

Second Circuit Holds News Video Clip Search Engine Is Not Fair Use

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Second Circuit held yesterday in Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc., that a media service offering a search engine of video clips from news networks violates copyright law. On appeal, the Second Circuit held that such...more

Embedded Tweets Violate Exclusive Display Right, Setting Up Possible Showdown at SCOTUS, and Cause Uncertainty for Website...

by Wilson Elser on

Finding that drafters of the Copyright Act amendments in 1976 foreshadowed the technological advances that were coming, on February 15, 2018, U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest rejected defendants’ motion for partial...more

Southern District of New York’s Controversial Decision Creates East Coast/West Coast Rift in Approach to Embedded Photographs

For the past ten years, the copyright law addressing the legalities of a website’s provision of “inline” links to photos that reside on another website’s server seemed to be relatively well-settled and straightforward. Courts...more

Unitary but toothless? – Limitations to jurisdiction over online EUTM infringements

by Hogan Lovells on

German Federal Court of Justice rules on the scope of jurisdiction of national courts - In an online context, IP infringement frequently occurs simultaneously in more than one country and so the flexibility to take action...more

Europe – General Court: Bad faith’s link to likelihood of confusion

by Hogan Lovells on

(Case analysis: T-687/16 – Koton Magazacilik Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret AS v EUIPO / Joaquín Nadal Esteban) - Successfully proving bad faith in a cancellation action can be a challenge....more

EU IP rights enforcement: yet another jurisdiction conundrum heading to Luxembourg

by Hogan Lovells on

The CJEU has just been posed the following questions on the interpretation of Article 97(5) of the EU Trade Mark Regulation ((EC) No. 207/2009) by the English Court of Appeal....more

Trademarks: Use it or lose it – and prove it!

by Field Law on

You may be surprised to learn that even after your trade-mark is registered, it can be expunged from the Trade-marks Register. One way is through Section 45 of the Trade-marks Act (“Act”). Section 45 of the Act authorizes...more

CFAA “Unauthorized Access” Web Scraping Claim against Ticket Broker Dismissed Because Revocation of Access Not Expressed in Cease...

A California district court issued an important opinion in a dispute between a ticket sales platform and a ticket broker that employed automated bots to purchase tickets in bulk. (Ticketmaster L.L.C. v. Prestige...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | February 2018 #2

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comment on whether the agency should continue to collect information about foodborne illnesses in restaurants. The proposal would extend studies of risk...more

Copyright in the Digital Age: Cisco v. Arista and the Scènes à Faire Doctrine

Imagine producing a classic Western without cowboys, saloons, or standoffs. This seems almost inconceivable because these elements are deeply integral to the genre – so much so, in fact, that they are essentially necessary...more

Federal Court Reinforces That Franchisors Should Control Advertising to Ensure Uniformity

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

An Illinois federal judge recently found that a franchisor has the absolute right to control its franchisees’ advertising of the products and services offered under a franchise. Lokhandwala v. KFC Corp., No. 17-cv-6394 (N.D....more

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