Last week, Stan Lee Media, Inc. (SLMI) sued The Walt Disney
Company for copyright infringement. Stan Lee created many of Marvel Comics' most
famous characters, including Spider Man, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor,
The X-Men, The Fantastic...
If intellectual property were a sovereign nation, patents might form the capital whereas copyrights might form a province (along with trademarks). The argument for this would be that original works of authorship are subordinate to patents and inventions...
Last Friday, the D.C. Circuit determined that the position of
the Copyright Royalty Judges (CRJs) violates the Appointments Clause. To remedy
the violation, the court invalidated and severed the restrictions on the
Librarian of Congress's ability...
recent filings in the Mike Tyson tattoo/ Hangover
II copyright lawsuit have shed some light on the relevant and novel issues
to be addressed. On May 20 th , Warner Brothers filed its motion/memorandum
in opposition to tattoo artist, S. Victor...
consider your emails before you send them - what they truly are. If you see
them as non-substantive notes on electric paper, bound only by the monitor and
without the consequences of tangible print, big mistake! It's best to remember...
Is there a likelihood of confusion between Inspector
Gadget, the robotic, bumbling, cartoon detective, and Inspector Gadget Home
Inspections, the home, mold and termite inspection service? Cookie Jar
Entertainment Inc., owner of the cartoon Inspector...
Have you read the wonderful "book" The Hunger Games ? OopsI Let me start
over. I shouldn't say "book" for fear of trademark infringement. Instead, let
me ask: Have you read the arrangement of pages authored by Suzanne Collins...
Rosetta Stone's trademark/keyword lawsuit
against Google was given new life today when the Fourth Circuit vacated in part
an order granting Google summary judgment. Rosetta
Stone v. Google, Inc ., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 7082 (4th Cir. 2012) [ enhanced...
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....
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...
law , a person can't own an eagle. In fact, a person can't even own the
feather from an eagle. Federal law notwithstanding, nothing prevents a person
from owning the representation of an eagle, which is what American Eagle, the...
The world's greatest detective could be yours free of
licensing fees as a recent complaint seeks to establish the boundaries of Sherlock
Holmes' entry into the public domain.
Yesterday, Leslie S. Klinger, the author and editor of
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...
Letters are always getting in the way of social harmony. Remember
the Louis Armstrong song, Let's Call the
Whole Thing Off:
like potato and I like potahto
like tomato and I like tomahto,
Dang letters always causing some kind of...
In December, Third
Degree Films, an adult film company, filed a California copyright infringement
action against Does 1 through 2010. In the complaint, Third Degree accuses each
Doe of impermissibly reproducing and distributing at least a substantial...