Monthly Archives: May 2016

Amicus in Lanham Act/commercial speech case

Mark McKenna just filed this brief on behalf of law professors, including me, supporting a simple resolution of Tobinick v. Novella, which should be an easy case (and in easy cases it may be tempting to sweep too broadly). from … Continue reading

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Throwback trade dress, Care Bears edition

Newly added to my collection, the infringing Dan-Dee teddy with the functional tummy graphics: American Greetings Corp. v. Dan­Dee Imports, Inc., 807 F. 2d 1136 (3d Cir. 1986) from Blogger http://ift.tt/25qPUw9

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NPR Marketplace on Oracle v. Google

I’m quoted in the story. from Blogger http://ift.tt/1WpwVwQ

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Transformative work of the day, political edition

Rebel Girl: this pro-Clinton mashup was initially subject to a DMCA claim, but seems to have survived. from Blogger http://ift.tt/1sf5mKc

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Techdirt on the MPAA v. the Writers Guild of America West on set-top boxes

Mike Masnick has the story, and I’m just going to quote him (and WGAW): Meanwhile, in what might seem like a surprising source, another group calling bullshit on the MPAA is the local Hollywood writer’s guild, the Writers Guild of America, West. Their full … Continue reading

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Copyright Office NPRM indicaties desire to strip sites of 512(c) protection

Eric Goldman explains here.  We already could tell that the Office was interested in shrinking the safe harbors; apparently the Office wants to do that in part by purging the list of registered DMCA agents every three years.  As someone … Continue reading

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Law firm advises: protect your brand via (c)

The advice from Drinker Biddle includes using the DMCA to get uses of your TM taken down, which is pretty much exactly the definition of one significant category of DMCA abuses. from Blogger http://ift.tt/25lpNa1

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EFF/Copyright professors’ comment on FCC’s proposed set-top box rule

Content companies have opposed the FCC’s proposed set-top box rule on the grounds that it would allow copyright infringement because people who’d paid for cable would be watching it without additional payments from the set-top box providers.  As you can … Continue reading

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Starting a wooden puzzle blog

This is an experiment for me to share my adventures in wooden jigsaw puzzles.  Today’s review is an Artifact puzzle, Matte Stephens, Manhattan (380 pieces). This is an atypical Artifact–many pieces joined very tightly, rather than loosely, and some even … Continue reading

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Dilution question of the day, handbag edition

Betsey Pop Betsey Johnson Kitsch “soda” handbag So, what’s the dilution verdict? from Blogger http://ift.tt/1qGMjqF

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