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Fenwick & West LLP

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2018

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In This Issue - US Taxation of IP After Tax Reform - U.S. taxation of intellectual property has become astoundingly more complex after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The new rules are so complex that the IRS and Treasury...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

The Shape of Water Tries to Shake off Plagiarism Controversy

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The Shape of Water, winner of four Oscars this year, is defending itself in a copyright infringement lawsuit which asserts the film copies a 1969 sci-fi play.  The suit was filed on February 21, 2018, just one day after Oscar...more

Thompson Coburn LLP

In infringement, sometimes the little things don’t mean a lot

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In the immortal words of "Caddyshack"'s Ty Webb, a flute without holes is not a flute. Similarly, a de minimus infringement is not an infringement, according to a New York federal judge, who ruled that a “fleeting shot” of...more

Hogan Lovells

District Court in California recognizes plausible trademark rights over fictional Star Wars board game

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(Case analysis: Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC v. Ren Ventures Ltd., N.D. Cal., No. 17-7249, 4/24/18) - To assert a successful infringement claim relative to a mark that has arguably never been used as a source identifier for “real...more

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Game-maker Sues Lucasfilm over Han Solo Movie

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You may have heard of a little movie called Star Wars. If you haven’t, well, I’ve got some movies for you to borrow. The film was released in 1977, and soon spawned a trilogy of movies that are among the most popular film...more

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Can a Stock Photography Agency Bring a Copyright Lawsuit? The Ninth Circuit Says “Maybe,” and the Supremes Say Nothing

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Can a stock photography agency bring a copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of individual photographers? According to the Ninth Circuit, the answer is “maybe.” ...more

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

de Havilland vs Feud – FX Wins Round in California Court of Appeal

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It is hard to imagine that any one person could initiate separate lawsuits resulting in decisions of substantial importance to the entire U.S. entertainment industry. And when that person is iconic actress Olivia de...more

Weiner Brodsky Kider PC

Film Companies Settle FTC Charges for Making Over 117 Million Illegal Telemarketing Calls

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The FTC and three Utah-based film companies and their owner recently stipulated to the entry of a final order settling the FTC’s charges against them for making more than 117 million telemarketing calls in violation of the...more

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Storytellers and Artists May Continue To Rejoice – Feud: Bette and Joan Is Fully Protected By The First Amendment

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On March 26, 2018, the California Court of Appeal filed its opinion in De Havilland v. FX Networks, LLC concerning FX’s docudrama Feud: Bette and Joan. The De Havilland opinion is yet another good one for filmmakers and...more

Fox Rothschild LLP

District Court Delivers Opinion For The Ages Striking AB 1687 As Violation Of IMDb’s First Amendment Rights

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California’s Actor-Age Censorship Law (AB 1687), which would have required IMDb.com to remove age-related information from its web pages, was declared unconstitutional by a district court last month on free speech...more

Taylor English Duma LLP

Georgia Film Tax Credit Expanded to Post-Production

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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

Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC

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

Dentons

The Gaming industry in South Africa

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Since 2013 the video game industry has been competing against the film industry, growing its global revenues and job creation each year. The video game industry has developed into a lucrative commercial market, demanding...more

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

007 Strikes Again

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The producer and promoter of the James Bond movies Danjaq, LLC has filed an opposition to the intent-to-use application for the mark “.007%” with the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”). You may have seen...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Nevada Screenwriter Claims Gone Girl Was Her Idea

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On January 17, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. (“Twentieth Century”) argued that a copyright infringement claim relating to the hit novel and film, Gone Girl, should be thrown out. ...more

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger...

Why Hollywood Movies Are Losing Market Share in China

Wu Jing, the director and star of Chinese smash hit “Wolf Warrior II,” has been pressing the flesh around Los Angeles in recent months to build buzz for the film ahead of this year’s Oscars, whose nominees will be unveiled...more

FordHarrison

All the Money in the World: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and wage disparity issues

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ongoing Hollywood reckoning, Kevin Spacey’s downfall was swift following accusations from Anthony Rapp that Spacey sexually assaulted him at the age of 14. Since Rapp came...more

Workman Nydegger

Copyright Basics

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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

Carlton Fields

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

Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC

Copyright Claim from Out of the Blue

Leslie Weller has sued Gillian Flynn, author of the book Gone Girl and a host of others, for infringing Wellers’s copyright in a novel titled Out of the Blue. What is interesting about this case (aside from the fact that...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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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

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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

Robins Kaplan LLP

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

Orrick - IP Landscape

Fleeing The Swarm

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Order Adopting in Part Report and Recommendation, Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Dismiss Counterclaims, Denying Motion for Default Judgment, and Denying Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss Claims, LHF Productions,...more

Fenwick & West LLP

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

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In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway:...more

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