Monthly Archives: December 2017

Reading list: measuring the impact of user rights

Sean M. Flynn & Mike Palmedo, The User Rights Database: Measuring the Impact of Copyright Balance Abstract International and domestic copyright law reform around the world is increasingly focused on how copyright user rights should be expanded to promote maximum … Continue reading

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Allegedly false certification for competitor brings trade secret, deceptive practices claims

Duro Corp. v. Canadian Standards Assoc., 2017 WL 6326862, No. 17 CV 1127 (N.D. Ohio Dec. 11, 2017) Duro, a distributor of high end gas ranges, sued the CSA, a nonprofit consumer product safety testing organization, for misappropriation of trade … Continue reading

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Knit-picking right of publicity question of the day

I’m learning to knit, and at the local store I encountered this charming pin: Does Arnold Palmer have any recourse against the “yarnold palmer”? from Blogger http://ift.tt/2jUfeHQ

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I’m a judge, not a media theorist, Jim: NFU doesn’t protect use of Dr. Seuss font in mashup case

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. v. ComicMix LLC, No. 16-CV-2779 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 7, 2017) Though the court dismissed the first trademark/copyright infringement complaint against this Star Trek/Dr. Seuss mashup, the amended complaint survives. Copyright: It’s still transformative, but the complaint … Continue reading

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DMCA exemption survey: for vidders and other remixers

Take an 8-minute survey and help make the #DMCA decryption exemptions more user-friendly for vidders: bit.ly/2nEfY8j from Blogger http://ift.tt/2nSexmN

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Sazerac will pay fees for its buffalo stance

Sazerac Company, Inc. v. Fetzer Vineyards, Inc., 2017 WL 6059271, No. 15-cv-04618 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 7, 2017) The court here awards defendants its fees for proceeding past summary judgment in this trademark infringement case. “This was an exceptionally weak case,” … Continue reading

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Roundtable: The Right of Publicity in New York, St. John’s University

An Academic Discussion of Policy Choices in Designing a Publicity/Privacy Rights Regime: Rothman, Buccafusco, & Tushnet The roundtable is on the proposed changes to NY’s ROP, which are very extensive. [I didn’t take notes early on, sorry, but Prof. Rothman … Continue reading

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