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French Picasso Judgment Is Abstract Expression To U.S. Law
Last week, Sheppard Mullin partner Neil Popović (SF) secured summary judgment against recognition of a €2 million ($2.2 million)
United States
27 Sep 2019
Driver's License: Copyright Infringement In The World Of Street Art
In January 2018, Mercedes-Benz began a marketing campaign that included photos of its cars in the Eastern Market in Detroit
United States
25 Sep 2019
Italian Film Composer "Scores" For Authors
The Second Circuit issued a remarkable decision on termination rights under Sections 203 and 304(c) of the Copyright Act that seemingly
2 Sep 2019
Open Source Software Policies – Why You Need Them And What They Should Include
The chances are high that your company uses open source software in some capacity. While the benefits of OSS are clear, it is also clear that OSS can pose significant legal risks that must be addressed.
United States
21 Jun 2019
Not Every (Open Source) Cloud Has A Silver Lining
The use of open source software and cloud-based computing individually are growing at a rapid pace. The use of open source in cloud deployments is also growing.
United States
1 Apr 2019
Supreme Court Holds That A Copyright Claimant May Commence An Infringement Suit Only AFTER The Copyright Office Registers The Copyright
On March 4, 2019, the United States Supreme Court held unanimously that "a copyright claimant may commence an infringement suit … when the Copyright Office registers a copyright."
United States
18 Mar 2019
An Uphill Battle Protecting Fashion Designs In Nigeria And Abroad
Growing frustration in the fashion community regarding weak or non-existent intellectual property laws has finally caught the attention of some nations.
6 Mar 2018
Contractors Beware: The 2018 NDAA Ushers In New Changes Affecting IP Rights
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA" or "Act") includes changes that could make the Department of Defense ("DoD") a more effective and knowledgeable purchaser of Intellectual Property...
United States
31 Jan 2018
Florida Now Follows New York To Find No Common Law Public Performance Right For Pre-1972 Sound Recordings
A few months ago, we brought to your attention a case initiated by The Turtles, seeking royalties in New York for the unauthorized performance of their pre-1972 sound recordings.
United States
3 Nov 2017
Deadline Approaching: Action Required By December 31 To Avoid Losing DMCA Safe Harbor Protection
The U.S. Copyright Office is making changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbor agent registration process.
United States
31 Oct 2017
The Southern District Of New York Finds "Work Made For Hire" Under Italian Copyright Law
Musical scores incorporated into films are usually produced with the specific film in mind. In the U.S., we call such works "works made for hire," meaning that the artist does not retain authorship rights ...
United States
31 Oct 2017
Eleventh Circuit Joins Split Court Decisions On Registration Precondition For Copyright Suits
Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act generally requires copyright registration, or a refusal of registration, before a copyright action may be filed.
United States
15 Jun 2017
100 Million Reasons For Open Source Compliance
CoKinetic Systems Corporation filed suit against Panasonic Avionics Corporation, seeking damages in excess of $100 million, in part, for violation of the GPL v2 open source license
United States
1 Jun 2017
The Kardashians Can't Keep Up With Copyright Law
Khloe Kardashian is the latest Kardashian to find herself in court over her activities on social media.
United States
23 May 2017
Important Open Source Ruling Confirms Enforceability Of Dual-Licensing And Breach Of GPL For Failing To Distribute Source Code
A recent federal district court decision denied a motion to dismiss a complaint brought by Artifex Software Inc.
United States
19 May 2017
Who's Got The Spirit?! Supreme Court Decides Star Athletic, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc.; New Two-Part Test Seeks To Clear Up The "Mess" But Questions Still Remain About The Subjective Nature Of The Separabilty Analysis
In an opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas in Star Athletic, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., held that "a feature incorporated into the design of a useful article is eligible for copyright protection...
United States
5 Apr 2017
New York Court of Appeals Says No Common Law Public Performance Right For Pre-1972 Sound Recordings
On December 20, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, held that no common law public performance right exists for pre-1972 sound recordings.
United States
9 Jan 2017
Don't Lose Your DMCA Safe Harbor Protection!
The U.S. Copyright Office's new electronic system for copyright-agent registration and maintenance goes into effect on December 1, 2016, and with it comes new rules.
United States
18 Nov 2016
LinkedIn Has Beef With Data Scraping Bots
Linkedin has filed a lawsuit to prevent unauthorized use of "bots" that register fake profiles on the social network and steal data about actual users.
United States
17 Aug 2016
Sixth Circuit Rules In Favor Of Songwriter's Heirs In Copyright Termination Decision In Jackson Brumley et al. v. Albert Brumley & Sons Inc. et al.
The 1976 Copyright Act replaced the copyright renewal provisions of the 1909 Copyright Act with termination provisions.
United States
3 Jun 2016
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