Category Archives: copyright

ISHTIP at Penn, part 2

Early Career, Panel 2 | Fiona Macmillan (Birkbeck, University of London), Moderator   Monica Huerta (Duke University) | Some Singularities, Like the Human Face   Famous Sarony photo of Oscar Wilde: signature at bottom is photographer’s.  Problem of photographic copyright, … Continue reading

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ISHTIP at Penn, part 1

International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) Program 2015   Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition (Penn Law) and the Cinema Studies Program (Penn Arts and Sciences)   Early Career, Panel 1 | Peter Jaszi (American … Continue reading

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Transformative work of the day, Miss Piggy edition

Miss Piggy sings Rihanna’s BBHMM.  You’re welcome. http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

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What claims work when D allegedly drives P down in Google rank through copying?

Ryoo Dental, Inc. v. Han, 2015 WL 4208580, No. 15–308 (C.D. Cal. Jul. 9, 2015)   Ryoo Dental, a dental practice, had a website to promote its services, and allegedly spent considerable sums on “search engine optimization fees, photographing, editing, … Continue reading

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Transformative work of the day, Bryan Adams edition

Pop sonnets: Substantial similarity? http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

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Dastar-barred claims can’t be repled as false advertising claims

Friedman v. Zimmer, No. 15-502 (C.D. Cal. Jul. 10, 2015)   Richard Friedman sued Hans Zimmer and others, alleging that the score to 12 Years a Slaveinfringed his copyright to a composition, To Our Fallen.  Friedman also alleged violation of … Continue reading

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False patent marking not actionable under Lanham Act

Leisure Concepts, Inc. v. California Home Spas, Inc., 2015 WL 3658190, No. 14–CV–388 (E.D. Wash. June 12, 2015)   Leisure and CHS compete in spa products, including spa cover lifters.  Leisure’s CoverMate I is protected by a patent, which it … Continue reading

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Reading list: class ascertainability & preemption of state sound recording public perf. rights

Geoffrey C. Shaw, Class Ascertainability, forthcoming, Yale Law J. (2015) Abstract:   In recent years, federal courts have been enforcing an “implicit” requirement for class certification, in addition to the explicit requirements established in Rule 23 of the Federal Rules … Continue reading

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Campbell conference: beyond transformative use

Panel VII. Beyond Transformative Use—Other Fair and Permitted Uses (Moderator, Professor Gomulkiewicz) (partial: I had to leave early, sorry)   Gomulkiewicz: sometimes licenses get a bad rap but they can be a powerful engine for creativity. Jessica Litman, University of … Continue reading

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Campbell conference: IP and cultural expression

Panel VI. IP and Cultural Expression (Moderators, Professor Said and Professor Margaret Chon)   Mark McKenna, Notre Dame: Influence of Campbell outside copyright/in right of publicity: the First Amendment cases in which there’s an arguably expressive use of someone’s identity—movie, … Continue reading

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