Community Member Andrew Beckerman-Rodau ,
Professor of Law & Co-Director IP Concentration a the Suffolk University
contributed the following podcast to the community.
Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Professor, Suffolk University
Law School: Comments on the Lindsay Lohan suit against...
Gasper, an adult movie actor, was the president and sole
shareholder of Jules Jordan Video (JJV), the creator of the videos in which
Gasper appeared. Gasper and JJV filed a copyright action against defendants, alleging
that they had copied and sold copyrighted adult DVDs owned by JJV or Gasper and...
An Indiana federal court has ruled that the Indiana right of
publicity statute, which has the longest post-mortem period of
continuing the right of publicity, does not apply to personalities who
died before 1994, the year the statute was enacted
In Dillinger, LLC vs. Electronic Arts, Inc. ,...
UPDATE: On July 13 th , ex-Green Bay
Packer, Darrell Thompson, filed a similar class action lawsuit in the District
of Minnesota. View or download the complaint filed in Thompson v. NFL, 11-01900 (D. Minn. 07-13-11) .
Sports Illustrated called NFL Films "the most effective
Sports Illustrated called NFL Films "the most effective propaganda organ in the history of corporate America." Whether that's true or not, retired NFL player, Fred Barnett, thinks the NFL and NFL Films is, at the very least, an effective organ for false endorsement and misappropriation...
Twitter Turns Acidic to Trademark/Right of Publicity Claims
Twitter, in the legal
world, might prove to be the equivalent of sulphuric acid. In NBA-Player Gilbert
Arenas' recent lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend (Laura Govan) and Shed Media's
reality show, Basketball
Wives: Los Angeles...
The use of someone without permission in entertainment can trigger a lawsuit for "commercial appropriation of likeness." And so it was recently when "Jimmy Kimmel Live" created a video mocking a 2010 "business meeting" between basketball star LeBron James and a rabbi.
Richard J. Leighton
When is speech "commercial" and what is an "advertisement"? A recent federal decision addresses these fundamental questions in an eyebrow-raising fashion. *
Plaintiff is basketball legend Michael Jordan. Defendant is Chicago area Jewel...
When somebody talks you up, what's the best way to thank
them? Offer them a bouquet of flowers? Send them a card? Take them to court?
third option - a warm "thank you" via complaint - isn't as unlikely as you might suspect. Take
for instance Michael Jordan, who this week filed...
By Kathryn Hines and Christine Steiner
Society is consumed with celebrity. We can survey Hollywood marriages and divorces, analyze Golden Globe wardrobe choices and comment upon the latest Lindsey Lohan foible. It is not surprising that many artists have channeled this societal obsession, featuring...
BSH Home Appliances Corporation, the manufacturer of
high-end home appliances, last week sued for a declaratory judgment of trademark/copyright
non-infringement regarding its use of Julia Child's images. BSH has used Child's
images and has referenced her use of Thermador products in various...
In rejecting a right of publicity claim by Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which claims to control the rights to Albert Einstein, a California federal court has ruled that the common law right of publicity under New Jersey law has a maximum post-mortem duration of 50 years. The right of publicity gives...
A Minnesota federal court rejected trademark and
cybersquatting claims levied against a borrower that created a website to warn consumers
about what it perceived to be a lender's fraudulent business practices. Jalin Realty Capital Advisors v. A Better
Wireless , 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2461 (D....
Boxing great, Floyd Mayweather, has sued The Wine Bistro New
Orleans, a bar, restaurant and nightclub, accusing the bar of unfair
competition, violating his right of publicity and trademark infringement.
The Wine Bistro is accused of posting print advertisements
as well as a YouTube advertisement...