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Governor Kemp Proclaims October 2019 As "Intellectual Property Month" In Georgia
Through the efforts of the Georgia Intellectual Property (IP) Alliance (GIPA) — a non-profit organization that is bringing together community and lay leaders
United States
10 Oct 2019
Will The Supreme Court Abrogate Sovereign Immunity For A State's Infringement Of Intellectual Property Rights?
In 1990, Congress passed the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act ("CRCA"), and in 1992 passed the Trademark Remedy Clarification Act ("TRCA") and the Patent and Plant Variety Protection Remedy Clarification Act.
United States
19 Jun 2019
Fourth Circuit Fixes Fair Use
On April 26, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a controversial ruling that caused significant concerns for visual artists. Brammer v. Violent Hues Productions,
United States
16 May 2019
Eleventh Circuit Rejects Georgia's Copyright For The Annotations To The Official Code Of Georgia
A government cannot copyright a statute, but what about the annotations to the statute? In Code Revision Commission v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., Case No. 17-11589
United States
26 Mar 2019
Copyright Registration Reigns Supreme
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday, March 4, 2019, that a copyright owner may not file an infringement lawsuit until the Copyright Office has registered the work at issue.
United States
15 Mar 2019
Music To Our Ears: The Music Modernization Act Of 2018
At its most fundamental, the law of copyright is literally that – a protective limitation on the right to copy the original creative expression of authors and artists.
United States
18 Dec 2018
Temporarily Grounded: American Airlines Seeks Court Intervention To Register Its Corporate Logo With The U.S. Copyright Office
American Airlines has sued the Acting Register of the U.S. Copyright Office seeking judicial review of the Copyright Office's decision to reject American's application to register its award winning corporate logo...
United States
5 Nov 2018
Border Protection For U.S. Intellectual Property
While the country is embroiled in heated political debate involving immigration and the appropriate means by which to protect U.S. borders, few if any disagree that many U.S. intellectual property owners are being...
United States
29 Oct 2018
The Eleventh Circuit Rejects Georgia's Copyright For The Annotations To The Official Code Of Georgia
A government cannot copyright a statute, but what about the annotations to the statute?
United States
25 Oct 2018
It's Ten O'Clock: Do You Know Where Your Software Developers Are?
Does your company develop software that gives you an edge over your competitors?
United States
18 Oct 2018
Is Fair Use Still Fair?
A recent decision from the Eastern District of Virginia took an expansive view on the fair use defense to copyright infringement that calls into question the scope of copyright protection for photographers.
United States
14 Sep 2018
Ninth Circuit Holds Mere "Remastering" Of Pre-1972 Sound Recording Does Not Entitle It To Federal Copyright Protection
On August 20, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's ruling that digital remastering of pre-1972 sound recordings creates a new sound recording entitled to copyright protection.
United States
9 Sep 2018
Intellectual Property Implications In Business Decisions
As a business owner, it is important to research any intellectual property concerns before proceeding with an idea ...
United States
7 Sep 2018
It's Time For Something New
Here at SGR, we like to keep our clients and friends up-to-date on recent developments in the law, as well as on recent news from our firm.
United States
31 Aug 2018
National Grange Again Victorious In The Eastern District Of California
On August 13, 2018, Judge Shubb of the Eastern District of California awarded sweeping relief to SGR client the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, the nation's oldest agricultural fraternal organization.
United States
22 Aug 2018
Take-Two – No Slam Dunk
Judge Laura Taylor Swain recently denied a motion for judgment on the pleadings filed by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., a video game developer, publisher and marketer ...
United States
23 Apr 2018
Ninth Circuit Affirms ‘Blurred Lines' Infringement Verdict In 2-1 Opinion
On March 21, 2018, a federal appeals court upheld a jury's finding that Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" infringed on the copyright of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."
United States
17 Apr 2018
Timed Out And Tuned Out: The Forfeiture Of Unclaimed Royalties And The Loss Of Meaningful Access To Litigation Under The Music Modernization Act
On December 21, 2017, the Music Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 4706) was introduced in the House of Representatives.
United States
22 Jan 2018
U.S. Copyright Office Changes From Paper-Based System To Electronic System For DMCA Safe Harbor Agent Designations; Deadline To Submit Electronic Form Is December 31, 2017
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (‘‘DMCA'') contains an important safe harbor provision for online service providers that helps protect them from liability for copyright infringement for material...
United States
20 Oct 2017
World's Largest Auction House Sued For Copyright Infringement
On December 9, 2016, Heritage filed suit alleging the digital art collection management service Collectrium, a subsidiary of Christie's, stole copyright protected images...
United States
17 Jan 2017
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