Category Archives: cmi

Photo finish: allegedly unauthorized (c) sublicensing isn’t false designation of origin

Photographic Illustrators Corp. v. Orgill, Inc., 2015 WL 4572296, No. 14-11818 (D. Mass. July 29, 2015)   PIC specializes in commercial photography.  It took photos of lighting fixtures manufactured by nonparty OSI.  Defendants Orgill and Farm & City Supply distribute … Continue reading

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Copying graffiti could infringe copyright and trademark

Williams v. Roberto Cavalli S.p.A., No. 14-cv-06659 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 12, 2015)   Plaintiffs Jason Williams, Victor Chapa, and Jeffrey Rubin sued the producers and distributors of Just Cavalli clothing, alleging copyright infringement, removal and alteration of copyright information (CMI) … Continue reading

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Next Great Copyright Act Conference, quasi-copyright

Quasi-Copyright Reforms Moderator: Hank Barry, Sidley Austin Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown Law School I’m going to talk about managing the interface between copyright and several other rights—in the very first panel of the conference, Wendy Gordon reminded us that various doctrines … Continue reading

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is political use of 9/11 images fair use?

North Jersey Media Group Inc. v. SarahPAC, No. 13-cv-06494 S.D.N.Y. filed Oct.7, 2013 Sarah Palin used a photo of firefighters raising a flag at Ground Zero on 9/11 in her 2013 Facebook post labeled “Never forget.”  She was sued for … Continue reading

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