Monthly Archives: February 2018

When an author’s name isn’t CMI

Fischer v. Forrest, Nos. 14 Civ. 1304, 1307, 2018 WL 948758 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 16, 2018) This very outdoorsily named and themed litigation arose out of the termination of a longstanding business relationship between plaintiff Fischer and defendants, including Brushy Mountain … Continue reading

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Conference: administrative law/private law interface in IP

The Administrative-Private Law Interface in IP,  March 29, 2018 A conference co-organized by the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School and the University of Texas School of Law, sponsored by Qualcomm Inc. More info here. … Continue reading

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False endorsement: some bad questions to ask in a survey

Gibson v. BTS North, Inc., 2018 WL 888872, No. 16-24548 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 14, 2018) Plaintiffs are professional models, actresses, and/or businesswoman who earn their livings by promoting her image, likeness, and/or identity to select clients, commercial brands, media, and … Continue reading

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Zazzle injunction reversed: irreparable harm is hard to show

Greg Young Pub’g, Inc. v. Zazzle, Inc., No. 16-cv-04587 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 8, 2018) After a jury trial finding Zazzle liable for copyright infringement for producing goods with user-uploaded images, the court granted a preliminary injunction. Here, it vacates that … Continue reading

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The other Redbox case: the color may fade, but not the mark

Redbox Automated Retail, LLC v. Xpress Retail LLC, 2018 WL 950098, No. 17 C 5596 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 20, 2018) Redbox sued defendant DVDXpress alleging trademark infringement and false advertising; DVDXpress moved to dismiss and asserted counterclaims/affirmative defenses, some of … Continue reading

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Reading list: global fair use

Lionel Bently and Tanya Aplin, Whatever Became of Global, Mandatory, Fair Use? A Case Study in Dysfunctional Pluralism The international copyright system requires all participants to recognise a freedom for fair quotation that covers much of the ground encompassed by … Continue reading

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WIPIP concurrent 3 (most of it)

Annemarie Bridy, Fearless Girl Meets Charging Bull: Copyright and the Regulation of Intertextuality DiModica (who made Charging Bull) complained that Fearless Girl’s placement created an unauthorized derivative work and violated VARA by being a material alteration that prejudiced his honor—Charging … Continue reading

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