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Oprah “Owns Fair Use” in Trademark Lawsuit Involving O Magazine and Headline Phrase "Own Your Power"
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by Travis Burchart

On March 6 th , the Southern District of New York dismissed a trademark lawsuit filed against Oprah Winfrey, holding that Oprah's use of the phrase "Own Your Power" did not infringe plaintiff's trademark. The court held that Oprah's... Read More

Oprah “Owns Fair Use” in Trademark Lawsuit Involving O Magazine and Headline Phrase "Own Your Power"
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by Travis Burchart

On March 6 th , the Southern District of New York dismissed a trademark lawsuit filed against Oprah Winfrey, holding that Oprah's use of the phrase "Own Your Power" did not infringe plaintiff's trademark. The court held that Oprah's... Read More

Print Disabilities Support Fair Use Judgment in New York Copyright Case against Universities’ HathiTrust
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Travis Burchart

Recently, the Southern District of New York granted defendants summary judgment in a copyright case attacking the HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL). The HDL, which houses digitized works from university libraries, is used for: (1) full-text searches;... Read More

The Abortion Debate and Copyrights: Family Planning Clinic’s Infringement Complaint Attacks Anti-Abortionist’s Use of Copyrighted Material Spliced with Graphic Images - FREE DOWNLOAD
Posted on 18 May 2011 by Travis Burchart

On May 12 th , Northland Family Planning Clinic, Inc. filed a copyright action against the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR). Northland provides reproductive healthcare to women, including abortions. The CBR, a California non-profit, opposes abortions... Read More

South Park and the Butt Song: A Marriage Made in Fair Use Heaven
Posted on 25 Jul 2011 by Travis Burchart

Even the oddest compositions deserve copyright protection. But in a similar vein, even the oddest compositions beckon parody. Which brings us to the song, What What (In the Butt) . Which then brings us to the animated television show, South... Read More

YouTube Mom Continues Misrepresentation Fight Against Administrator of Prince’s “Let's Go Crazy" Copyright
Posted on 31 Jan 2013 by Travis Burchart

A collection of music companies will continue to defend themselves against a mother who was once accused of copyright infringement after she posted a YouTube video of her children dancing to a Prince song. A California federal court refused to grant... Read More