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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....