Intellectual Property

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Is Your Favorite Talent Competition a Product of Infringement? Recent Pro Se Complaint Claims Creation of American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and America’s Got Talent
Posted on 1 Aug 2011 by Travis Burchart

It's one for the ages. Could television's greatest talent competitions all be the product of infringement? One man asserts they are. In July, Australian Paul Thayil filed a pro se complaint in the Southern District of New York, accusing... Read More

Will Rocky Fans Vote for Newt? Not if He’s Found Liable for Infringing Sacred Survivor Song, "Eye of the Tiger"
Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Travis Burchart

Imagine Newt Gingrich in Rocky 3 ... the gray headed politician slugging it out with Mr. T, Survivor's theme song, Eye of the Tiger, playing (but with the lyrics a little different): It's the eye of the Newt It's the thrill of the fight... Read More

Beware the Copyright Boogeyman: He Might Be Listening in Your Restaurant
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 by Travis Burchart

It goes without saying that an establishment's music is there for the listening patrons. But amongst those patrons - beware! The audience might contain an infiltrator - a listening witness. And while this witness might not be the boogeyman's... Read More