Monthly Archives: May 2016

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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Another trademark claim asserted for political purposes

Paul Alan Levy responds to a C&D against a candidate for local government who is being threatened with claims of trademark infringement for using the city’s logo on his campaign materials.  As always, it’s a refreshing read. Of particular note, … Continue reading

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Who’s responsible for Amazon product detail pages for TM and (c) purposes?

Oriental Trading Company, Inc. v. Yagoozon, Inc., 2016 WL 2859603, No. 13CV351 (D. Neb. May 16, 2016)   This is a pretty interesting dispute because it suggests that Amazon’s business practices may be exposing certain entities who sell through Amazon … Continue reading

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Second Circuit muddies nominative fair use more than 9th Circuit ever has

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. v. Security University, LLC, No. 14-3456-cv (2d Cir. May 18, 2016)   The Second Circuit manages to make its multifactor confusion test worse (and you thought it had already hit rock bottom by … Continue reading

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Consultant’s speech to potential customers wasn’t pure scientific speech protected by First Amendment

Underground Solutions, Inc. v. Palermo, 2016 WL 2866099, No. 13 C 8407 (N.D. Ill. May 17, 2016)   Related decisions discussed from 2012, 2014, and 2015.  Plaintiff UGSI sued Palermo for trade libel and false advertising under California and federal … Continue reading

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