Monthly Archives: August 2018

Sony’s claim that Michael Jackson performed songs on album was just its opinion

Serova v. Sony Music Entertainment, — Cal.Rptr.3d —- , 2018 WL 4090622, No. B280526 (Ct. App. Aug. 28, 2018) [This case says a bunch of stuff that’s way too broad for the facts; people who are concerned about things like … Continue reading

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Amicus seeking rehearing in Honey Badger case

Mark Lemley, Mark McKenna, and I wrote a brief in support of rehearing.  Here’s hoping! from Blogger https://ift.tt/2BVQpGR

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Nominative fair use defense in 2d Cir goes about as well as you’d expect on motion to dismiss

Excelsior College v. Wolff, 2018 WL 3964703, No. 17-CV-0011 (N.D.N.Y. Aug. 16, 2018) Excelsior alleged that Wolff infringed its rights by advertising and selling a test preparation service that uses Excelsior’s registered marks and copyrighted material for a Clinical Performance … Continue reading

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No need to be chicken about copying in poultry feeder case

CTB, Inc. v. Hog Slat, Inc., 2018 WL 4035945, No. 14-CV-157-FL (E.D.N.C. Aug. 22, 2018) CTB sued HS for making an allegedly exact replica of CTB’s poultry feeder, infringing its registered trademarks for product configuration and color (color on the … Continue reading

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No, wood is good: possibility of detecting image manipulation keeps image from literal falsity

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. v. James Hardie Building Prods., Inc., No. 3:18-cv-00447-JPM, 2018 WL 3978364 (M.D. Tenn. Aug. 20, 2018) LP challenged statements JH made regarding engineered wood siding products in its “No Wood Is Good” marketing campaign. The parties compete in … Continue reading

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Don’t send a trademark to do a copyright’s job, forestry edition

Munro v. Lucy Activewear, Inc., No. 16-4483 (8th Cir. Aug. 9, 2018) Munro is an artist best known for his works “Field of Light” and “Forest of Light”—“large-scale, immersive, light-based installations, and exhibitions.” Lucy allegedly proposed a Lucy advertising and … Continue reading

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Reading list: copyright and AI

Jane C. Ginsburg and Luke Ali Budiardjo, Authors and Machines: Machines, by providing the means of mass production of works of authorship, engendered copyright law. Throughout history, the emergence of new technologies tested the concept of authorship, and courts in … Continue reading

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Another court is allergic to In re GNC’s flawed reasoning on falsity

Hobbs v. Gerber Prods. Co., 2018 WL 3861571, No. 17 CV 3534 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 14, 2018) Say what you will about Seventh Circuit substance (and I have), I like the crisp Seventh Circuit style, which seems to influence the … Continue reading

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Court considers fake reviews not deceptive if they’re just puffery

Jive Commerce, LLC  v. Wine Racks America, Inc., 2018 WL 3873675, No. 1:18-CV-49 TS-BCW (D. Utah Aug. 15, 2018) The parties compete in the wine rack and wine cellar industry. Jive’s principal Jason Miller was formerly employed by WRA. Miller … Continue reading

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DC Circuit dodges incontestability, finds little-noticed statements immaterial in dueling desserts case

Paleteria La Michoacana, Inc. v. Productos Lacteos Tocumbo S.A. de C.V., 2018 WL 3894587, No. 17-7075 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 10, 2018) The facts are a mess, but basically PLM and Prolacto both make paletas, Mexican frozen desserts, using nearly the … Continue reading

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