26. February 2013
Fans of the New York Yankees might bristle when they hear their team referred to as the “Evil Empire.” But the team itself doesn’t seem to mind, at least judging from a recent legal dust-up over the phrase.
A panel of trademark judges in Washington, D.C., earlier this month denied a request from a private entrepreneur, known as Evil Enterprises, Inc., to register the trademark for the phrase “Baseballs Evil Empire.”
15. February 2013
Chubby Checker the singer has met Chubby Checker the app. And he’s not happy about it. The iconic singer is suing Hewlett-Packard for including an app on its phones and tablets that was not only named after the 71-year-old Checker, but it measured a man’s manhood based on his shoe size.
11. November 2012
In late October, Faulkner Literary Rights — which represents Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner’s estate — sued representatives of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” for misquoting the famous line, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
CNN (full article)
While much has changed in the legal and business landscape since the last effort to produce a workable Orphan Works Bill, much remains the same. As a result, Monday, October 22, 2012, The Library of Congress is submitting a request via the Federal Register for comments on the current state of play for orphan works. Specifically, they are seeking to hear from all parties regarding what has changed in the legal and business environment since their 2006 report. Comments are due by January 4th.
Photo Business News& Forums (full article)
Over the past year, my colleagues and I at the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) have been working hard with our creative content partners, participating Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and our Advisory Board to implement the Copyright Alert System (CAS) initially announced in July 2011. As is often the case with highly technical, multi-party programs, designing, testing and refining the CAS program was, and continues to be, hard work. We are confident the time we invested to get it right has been well worth it. Our top priority has been to make sure the program works well for consumers in every way, to ensure accuracy, protect customer privacy and offer resources that answer consumers’ questions. While our work continues, I am pleased to report that the CAS will begin in the coming weeks.
Center for Copyright Information (full article)
After bringing several file-sharing cases to a copyright tribunal following the implementation of a “three strikes” rule, the New Zealand recording industry group RIANZ has dropped the one case that was actively being defended. The group has not given an explanation
ars technica (full article)
After a fight with two fans who wanted to own the term — which refers to the prayer-like end zone pose that Tebow does after scoring a touchdown — the New York Jets‘ backup quarterback looks to have prevailed.
ESPN (full article)
28. September 2012
A Pandora-like streaming service could have debuted with last week’s iPhone 5 launch if negotiations between Apple and Sony/ATV had not failed, according to a published report.
CNET (full article)
Musician Dave Colvin…noted in a frustrated Facebook post about how the publishing arms of the major labels keep claiming copyright on public domain cover songs that he’s been recording and posting to YouTube. The end result is that, even though all of these claims are bogus, YouTube is threatening to take away his ability to monetize his account, and have already disabled it on a public domain song.
techdirt (full article)
The artist Shepard Fairey, whose 2008 poster of Barack Obama became an optimistic symbol of the last presidential campaign before spawning a bitter copyright battle with criminal overtones, was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan on Friday to two years of probation and fined $25,000 for tampering with evidence in the case.
The New York Times (full article)
On Tuesday, the ice cream giant sued Rodax Distributors and Caballero Video for releasing movies that allegedly infringe the trademarks on ice cream flavors.
Now, Ben & Jerry’s has convinced a New York judge to issue a temporary restraining order that takes such films as Hairy Garcia, Boston Cream Thigh and Peanut Butter D-Cups off the porn video shelves.
The Hollywood Reporter (full article)
30. August 2012
The challenge was brought by Paula Petrella, the daughter of Frank Petrella (aka Peter Savage), who in 1963 wrote a screenplay (and other later works) about former boxing champion Jake LaMotta, his childhood friend. Petrella has asserted that because her father died in 1981, before the original term of the copyright grant expired, that rights to Raging Bull, purportedly based on the old work, reverted to the heirs.
Hollywood Reporter (full article)
16. August 2012
Macy’s Inc took its legal battle over its agreement to exclusively sell certain Martha Stewart items directly to J.C. Penney Co Inc on Thursday, accusing the rival department store chain of interfering with its contract with the home goods designer.
Reuters (full article)
11. July 2012
Ronaldinho stunned Coke chiefs by turning up at a press conference and sipping nonchalantly from a can of their arch-rivals’ fizzy pop. Furious bosses at the Atlanta-based firm immediately demanded that the plug be pulled on his huge endorsement deal, according to a report in the ‘O Estado de Sao Paulo’ newspaper.
World of Sport (full article)
27. June 2012
The Black Keys may have named their most recent album after an old Chevrolet model, but that doesn’t mean they’re open to pimp just any company.
The Ohio garage duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have filed separate copyright infringement lawsuits against Home Depot and Pizza Hut for wrongly using their music in commercials, the AP reports.
Entertainment Weekly (full article)
8. June 2012
In late March, the indie-rock duo Beach House received the kind of offer that many young bands yearn for these days: an advertising agency in London wanted to license a song for a Volkswagen commercial. The tune, “Take Care,” highlighted the Baltimore band’s “dream pop” sound, featuring a simple, repeating guitar phrase and the hypnotic vocals of singer Victoria Legrand.
The band declined the deal, saying that the song’s aesthetic didn’t match the proposed concept of the commercial.
The Wall Street Journal (full article)
6. June 2012
A House hearing on the future of audio kicked the rock over on two old issues in the radio business exacerbated by the stunning growth of digital radio services like Pandora. Should over-the-air radio stations be forced to fork over performance fees that are paid by radio stations and services online and on mobile platforms? Should there be on-air radio chips in cellphones?
Adweek (full article)
6. June 2012
… William Morris Endeavor co-CEO Ari Emanuel has called on Silicon Valley to come togetherwith Hollywood and work on a solution to piracy. Piracy, like all crime, will never be completely eliminated. But Emanuel, one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, may be in a unique position to break the impasse — like Nixon in China. If he’s serious about making progress, tech giants should take him up on his offer.
5. June 2012
A judge on Tuesday refused to throw out a case filed by four cast members from the hit 1970s television show “Happy Days,” who are suing to recover money from merchandise they claimed they have never received.
CNN (full article)
24. May 2012
Aereo lets users in New York watch local channels by renting their own small antenna located at the Aereo facility, with the signal from the antenna sent over the Internet to that single user. The TV networks argue that this somehow constitutes a public performance and therefore infringes their copyright, even though it would be perfectly legal for someone to install their own antenna and run a wire to a TV set without paying a fee to anyone.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (full article)