Tag Archives: Intellectual Property

Copyright Fee Awards Clarified

Today, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion addressing the standards for awards of attorneys’ fees under the Copyright Act. The case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., was before the Supreme Court for the second time.  The first … Continue reading

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“Parody” Websites Transferred in NAF Arbitration

A National Arbitration Forum arbitration panel ordered the “chicagasuntimes.com” domain name transferred to Sun-Times Media despite the registrant’s “parody” defense. See Sun-Times Media IP, LLC v. WUITAS, Inc. d/b/a ABILICOM / Manager Domain, FA 1525208 (Nat. Arb. Forum Nov. 24, … Continue reading

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Court Dismisses Rabbi’s Case Against Kimmel

The “Flying Rabbi’s” menorah may lose some of its shine now that a judge has dismissed his misappropriation complaint against late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and ABC. Daniel Sondik’s complaint alleged that Kimmel spliced YouTube clips of Sondik … Continue reading

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Facebook Delays Timeline Rollout after Lawsuit

A Chicago-based company has sued Facebook claiming that the recently announced “Timeline” feature infringes its intellectual property.  A judge reportedly declined Friday to grant an emergency order blocking Facebook from proceeding with the feature after Facebook promised not to launch … Continue reading

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Court Won’t Swat Flyonthewall but Hot News Doctrine Survives

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the “hot news doctrine” does not bar a website from republishing investment banks’ financial analysis simultaneous to its release to bank clients. A number of national banks claimed the site theflyonthewall.com shared … Continue reading

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Copyright Bill Targets Streamers

A recently introduced Senate bill would make streaming copyrighted content online – as opposed to distributing downloadable copies of the content – a felony punishable by imprisonment and fines. Current copyright law distinguishes between distribution of copyrighted content, which may … Continue reading

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Copyright Liability for Linking?

The Department of Homeland Security has brought criminal copyright charges against the operator of the website channelsurfing.net alleging that the site linked to copyrighted content including Pay-Per-View sporting events and television shows. The complaint is noteworthy as a number of … Continue reading

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Copyright Spat Over School Board Video

A school district in Evanston, Illinois is taking heat after attempting to remove a video posted by a parent to YouTube of a racially charged exchange at a board meeting.  The parent allegedly took the clip from a DVD of … Continue reading

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Judge: Firms Can’t Advertise on Piracy Site

A federal judge in Massachusetts entered an order in a suit by book publishers prohibiting advertising networks from serving advertisements to a site called Pharmatext that allegedly posts pirated e-books, as well as similar sites established by the same operators.  The … Continue reading

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Rest in PC

The New York Times Magazine has a (long) article on people whose estate plans include “online executors” to manage their social media accounts when their iPhones are finally pried from their cold, dead hands.  Because you’re not really gone until you’ve … Continue reading

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Court Upholds Haitian Photog’s Claims in Twitpic Suit

A federal court in New York decided that Twitter and Twitpic’s terms of services do not grant the French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) a license to use photos uploaded to the sites.  The case arises from AFP and … Continue reading

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EFF Seeks to Protect Porn-Sharers’ Privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked judges in two mass copyright lawsuits involving P2P porn sharing to deny requests to indentify the accused file sharers.   The EFF alleges in its press release that “the motivation behind these cases appears … Continue reading

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“Fair Use” Defeats Righthaven Copyright Claim

A judge dismissed (.pdf via Las Vegas Sun) one of the dozens of copyright suits pending against websites that excerpted Las Vegas Review-Journal stories.  The Nevada-based federal court determined that an eight sentence excerpt from a newspaper story about a … Continue reading

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Go Search Yourself

An appellate court upheld dismissal of a lawsuit against Yahoo! by a plaintiff who was unhappy with the search results when she searched her own name.  Beverly Stayart, who has a similar suit pending against Google, alleged trademark violations and … Continue reading

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Supremes Bored by Boring v. Google

The United States Supreme Court decided to pass on determining whether Google invaded a Pittsburgh couple’s privacy by photographing their house for Google Street View. The Borings claimed Google  ignored a “no trespassing” sign but the Third Circuit Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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