Monthly Archives: June 2014

Copyright Society: transformative use (herein mainly of Google)

Transformation of Transformative Use           Moderator: Julie Ahrens, Stanford Fair Use Project Mass digitization: at the start of the litigation Google seemed bold, but after 8 years the result was less surprising, at least to some, since digitization is so valuable/expected. … Continue reading

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Copyright Society meeting: Maria Pallante

Copyright Society of the USA Annual Meeting [self-promotion: I’m here to pick up an award for Performance Anxiety.] The View from the Copyright Office Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office Petrella and Aereo through the perspective of … Continue reading

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meaningless numbers aren’t advertising

MGM Resorts Intern. v. Pacific Pillows, LLC, 2014 WL 2434628, No. 2:13–CV–1404 (D. Nev. May 28, 2014) Pacific Pillows lets consumers buy bedding products that are used in various hotels including several hotels owned by MGM. Its website allows people … Continue reading

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(pot)head of liability: Hershey’s sues marijuana candy producer

Here’s the story.  I’ve been waiting for this for years, ever since a NYT story that included similar illustrations.  As with e-cigarettes, an unregulated field full of small players tends to have a lot of playing fast and loose with … Continue reading

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unregistrable means unprotectable by sec. 43 as well

Renna v. County of Union, N.J., 2014 WL 2435775, No. 2:11–3328 (D.N.J. May 29, 2014) This is a well-written opinion whose legal conclusions are in part obvious but nice to have down in print and in part quite striking: I … Continue reading

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