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WHEN UNPROTECTED ELEMENTS IN TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS GET YOU IN HOT WATER

Trademark and Copyright Issues to Consider With Sales of Athletic Goods and Apparel When can a generic design rise to an infringement of rights? A common and growing occurrence comes when one takes an attribute of a famous athlete (like a number), puts it with that athlete’s team color scheme, and the next thing you […]

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TV-Streaming Service Provider May Seek Compulsory Copyright Licenses

TV-Streaming Service Provider May Seek Compulsory Copyright Licenses TV-Streaming Service Provider May Seek Compulsory Copyright Licenses – In what may be considered a surprise decision, a federal judge ruled that online television streaming service, FilmOn Air X, may be treated as a cable company by allowing it the same compulsory copyright licenses that broadcast companies […]

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Justin Bieber & Usher Copyright Infringement

Justin Bieber & Usher Copyright Infringement Justin Bieber & Usher Copyright Infringement – Pop stars Justin Bieber and Usher Raymond will be heading back to court after the Fourth Circuit for the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a reasonable jury may find they infringed copyrights in their 2010 hit song, “Somebody to Love.” (Read […]

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Reasonableness of Copyright Licensing Fees

Reasonableness of Copyright Licensing Fees Reasonableness of Copyright Licensing Fees – A federal district court in New York ruled that Broadcast Media Inc. (“BMI”) may collect 2.5% of Pandora’s total revenue in exchange for licenses to publicly perform copyrighted music. (Read the full opinion here) BMI vs. Pandora BMI represents music copyright holders, and licenses […]

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Google Prevails Over Actress Cindy Lee Garcia

A federal court of appeals reversed an earlier ruling that forced Google to remove a YouTube video portraying an actress making anti-Muslim statements.

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Copyright Protection for Recipes – Restaurateur Denied

Copyright Protection for Recipes – Restaurateur Denied Copyright Protection Denied – A federal court ruled that an Ohio restaurateur’s recipes were not protectable under copyright laws. The court issued its ruling earlier this year on a motion for summary judgment, and the plaintiff has since filed her notice of appeal. (Read the full opinion here.) […]

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Sherlock Holmes Copyrights – Case Finally Closed

Sherlock Holmes Copyrights Sherlock Holmes Copyrights – The Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving Sherlock Holmes copyrights, leaving almost all of the late author’s work within the public domain, i.e. they no longer have copyright protection. The case involved the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who originally created the famed characters, and […]

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Flo & Eddie Inc v. Sirius XM Radio Inc – Unhappily Together

Flo & Eddie Inc v. Sirius XM Radio Inc Flo & Eddie Inc v. Sirius XM Radio Inc – In a legal battle questioning copyright protection for the 1967 hit song, “Happy Together,” the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972, are granted exclusive […]

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Aereo Inc Copyright Loss Leaves Much in the Clouds

Aereo Inc Copyright Loss Leaves Much in the Clouds Aereo Inc’s Copyright Loss Leaves Much in the Clouds – The Supreme Court recently held that Aereo, Inc., infringed on copyrights belonging to cable broadcasters, producers, distributors, and marketers with its online cable streaming service. See opinion here. As part of its service, Aereo provides each […]

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When is it Ok to Use Another’s Artwork?

When is it Ok to Use Another’s Artwork? Use Another’s Artwork? – Today we take a look at the case of Seltzer v. Green Day and examine the circumstances under which one may use the creative works of another person. The major issue in the case was fair use of copyrighted material – in this […]

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