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Court Rules Humor is Not Louis Vuitton’s Bag

On January 6, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York awarded summary judgment against self-described “active and aggressive” trademark enforcer Louis Vuitton, and in favor of My Other Bag, Inc. (“MOB”), a producer of canvas tote bags which parody luxury handbags. In doing so, the Court admonished Vuitton and other prominent trademark owners to “take a joke.” Read More ›

Should’ve Known Better?

This week, Rude Music, Inc., owner of the copyrighted and Grammy-winning song “Eye of the Tiger,” filed suit in Chicago federal court against Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign for playing the song without permission at a September rally in Grayson, Kentucky for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The song was played as Mike Huckabee escorted Ms. Davis out of the Carter County Detention Center.  Read More ›

Note to Musical Performers—You Are Only “Entertaining” When You Are Performing Live

All of you VINE Stars—you may think you are entertaining with your online performances, but according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) you are not. In a decision denying an ex parte appeal, the PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ruled that providing musical performances via internet streaming and webcasting sites does not qualify as entertainment services. In re Titan Music, Inc., Serial No. 77344197 (Aug. 20, 2014). Read More ›

Supreme Court Pulls the Plug on Aereo's Streaming TV Service Holding it Illegal

In a ruling that could have implications for emerging technologies in the television industry, and beyond, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 yesterday that online television streaming service Aereo Inc. violates copyright law by retransmitting over-the-air programming without authorization. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. et al. v. Aereo, Inc. f/k/a Bamboom Labs, Inc., No. 13-461. The Court held that Aereo’s streaming service represented a “public performance” of copyrighted works, in violation of the Copyright Act. The decision represents a major victory for television networks and copyrighted content owners, which had argued that Aereo’s business model amounted to nothing more than high-tech theft of protected works.  Read More ›

Federal Circuit Revives Oracle’s $1 Billion Java Suit Against Google, Affirms Protection for Software Programs Under the Copyright Laws

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed a ruling that Oracle Corp.’s Java software could not be copyrighted.  The court reinstated a jury verdict that Google Inc.’s Android operating system infringes on Oracle’s copyright, but allowed Google to argue on remand that it is protected by fair use.  Read More ›

U.S. Copyright Office Fees Change Effective Today

The U.S. Copyright Office’s fees for services take effect today, May 1, 2014. A full description of the fee changes may be found in the March 24, 2014 Federal Register Notice, available on the U.S. Copyright Office’s website at http://www.copyright.gov/docs/newfees/.   Read More ›

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