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Understanding Copyright Law

LexisNexis has added the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. to its collection of intellectual property law reviews. Each issue includes a combination of theoretical articles, notes and summaries of legislative and administrative developments, plus news of important court decisions throughout...

Record Companies Reach Multi-Million Dollar Settlement with Lime Wire

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Cautioning that "theft of the world's greatest music comes with a stiff price," Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol confirmed May 12 that a settlement has been reached in the high-profile copyright infringement case against...

Harry Potter Merchandising Empire Could be Damaged by a Misused Font

On Tuesday, P22 Type Foundry, Inc., owner of Cezanne font software , sued Universal Studios, Inc. / NBCUniversal Media, LLC, among other defendants, for copyright infringement. P22 accuses defendants of improperly using font software to create and sell Harry Potter merchandise. Specifically, defendants...

Character Copyrights and the Public Domain

When does a still image -- or a series of such images -- embody a "character" for purposes of copyright law? In Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. v. X One X Prods ., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 13646 (8th Cir. July 5, 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version...

Second Circuit Dismisses Appeal from New York Court’s Decision in Prom Dress Copyright Case

As reported by Law360, the Second Circuit last Monday affirmed the dismissal of Jovani Fashion Ltd.'s copyright case against clothing designer Fiesta Fashions . Jovani Fashion, Ltd. v. Fiesta Fashions, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 21245 (2d Cir. N.Y. Oct. 15, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com...