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Copyright Basics

by Workman Nydegger on

Copyright protection is contemplated under the Constitution of the United States and governed by the U.S. Copyright Act. More specifically, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution includes...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

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

Ruling In Lawsuit Over Fox’s Use Of “Empire” Extends Permitted Use Of Third-Party Trademarks

by Weintraub Tobin on

Did you ever wonder why some movies use fictional names for companies or sports teams? TV and movie producers intentionally avoid using brand or company names in order to avoid any potential of an entanglement with a...more

Apple Now Requires Disclosure of Loot Box Odds

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Apple’s App Store rules now require app developers to disclose the odds of receiving items from in-game “loot boxes” prior to giving players a chance to purchase the boxes. This is the first time a U.S. gaming platform has...more

Apple Requires Disclosure of Odds for Loot Boxes

Apple just announced a number of changes to its App Store Review Guidelines, including the requirement that apps offering “loot boxes” or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the...more

Making VHS Relevant Again: The Uncertain Scope of Personal Information Protected by the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988

The Ninth Circuit recently became the third federal appellate court to tackle what constitutes “personally identifiable information” protected by the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (“VPPA”). Last year, the First Circuit...more

The implications on data in sport in light of improvements in technology

by DLA Piper on

With improvements in technology, more and more data about sporting events is being captured. A number of different groups claim to 'own' such data - the players themselves ("the data wouldn't exist if we didn't participate"),...more

No Liability for Self-Publishing Platforms over Author’s Use of Unauthorized Cover Photo

In a brief, unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of right of publicity and privacy claims against a host of self-publishing platforms and service providers for distributing an erotic (and purported...more

Ninth Circuit: ESPN Prevails VPPA Dispute

In the latest attempt to apply the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) to 21st-century technology, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of Chad Eichenberger’s lawsuit against ESPN Inc....more

No About-Face for Second Circuit in Face-Scanning Suit

A video game company successfully dodged a lawsuit which claimed that face-scanning technology violated an Illinois privacy law, in a new decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Generic drugmaking giant Teva Pharmaceuticals will cut 25% of its workforce (around 14,000 jobs) and shutter manufacturing and R&D facilities in an effort to “simplify its structure and reduce its debt”....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

Art Galleries, Dealers, Buyers, and Sellers Now the Target of High-Stakes Digital Heists

In the financial industry, companies engaging in million-dollar transactions invest in the latest in technology in order to safeguard valuable assets. However, in the art world—a market built on relationships and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC announced yesterday that, 5 years after its controversial deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ following the Swiss bank’s 2012 $1.9 billion payment over money-laundering allegations, it’ll be released from those...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest on the potential Disney move for “significant parts of 21st Century Fox,” which is nearing completion and could see Murdoch scion leaving his father and brother in order to work for Big Mouse....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Senate Banking Committee has voted out of committee a bipartisan effort to ease Dodd-Frank regulations. The bill in question could “drastically cut” the number of banks subject to heightened Fed oversight and “would ease...more

Big Screen Opportunity

In today’s world of social media, mobile gaming, “peak TV,” and streaming everything, audiences have more choice than ever before in how and what they consume. As content choices increase, some critics and shareholders have...more

The Evolving Global Theatrical Stage

Movies may be the United States’ most powerful export. The U.S. is still the leading film market by box office revenue worldwide. From the early 20th century to the turn of the 21st, Hollywood films represented the majority...more

The Legality of Loot Boxes – Update

We recently blogged on legal issues with loot boxes as a game mechanic, and some of the scrutiny to which they are being subjected. The debate continues on whether loot boxes are an illegal gambling mechanic, but at least for...more

Second Circuit Dismisses Claims of Would-Be Ad-Blockers

On November 22, 2017, the Second Circuit in Heskiaoff v. Sling Media affirmed the dismissal of a class action complaint against Sling Media that alleged deceptive business practices in connection with Sling’s introduction of...more

Bringing Interactivity Into the Theater

Interactive cinema is not a new concept. In 1992, Loews released I'm Your Man, a 20-minute interactive film that premiered in a special retrofitted theater in New York City. Equipped with seat-mounted controllers, the...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

Let’s Go To The Movies

If that title doesn’t make you want to sing the rest of the Annie soundtrack, we really can’t be friends. In any case, the holiday season is always an exciting time for the movie business, yet it’s also filled with high...more

Augmented Reality: A New Legal Frontier for Marketing?

by Reed Smith on

Within the digital marketing industry, there is a (tentative) expectation that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) products will open up new and exciting doors to advertisers in the not-so-distant...more

Russian Lawmakers Move to Be Able to Ban Use of VPNs and Similar Access Tools

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Russia has adopted a new law further toughening the country’s Internet-blocking regime and introducing a number of restrictive measures applicable to intermediaries providing access to blocked websites, IT networks, and...more

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