Category Archives: secondary liability

11th Circuit recognizes contributory false advertising theory

Duty Free Americas, Inc. v. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., — F.3d —- (2015), 2015 WL 4709573, No. 14–11853 (11th Cir. Aug. 7, 2015)   Plaintiff DFA operates duty free stores in many international airports nationwide.  It sued Estée Lauder, arguing … Continue reading

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ISHTIP at Penn, Part 5

Session 3 | Marianne Dahlén (Uppsala University, Sweden), Moderator   Design and Copyright: An Open Question? Stina Teilmann-Lock (University of Southern Denmark) Commentator | Jessica Silbey (Northeastern University)   Openness in the law for fair followers?  Design in law in … Continue reading

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Click click boom: affiliate marketing network liable for affiliates’ false advertising

FTC v. LeanSpa, LLC, No. 11-CV-1715 (D. Conn. Mar. 5, 2015)   The FTC challenged the use of fake news (and no, they don’t mean The Daily Show) to sell LeanSpa’s weight-loss and colon-cleanse products online. LeanSpa sold its products … Continue reading

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court declines to dismiss hashtag infringement claim

Fraternity Collection, LLC v. Fargnoli, 2015 WL 1486375, No. 3:13–CV–664 (S.D. Miss. Mar. 31, 2015)   Fraternity Collection designs and sells shirt, including the “Pocket Shirt,” a custom article of clothing in which customers pick a particular style of shirt … Continue reading

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Reading list: Campbell at 21/Sony at 31

Jessica Litman, Campbell at 21/Sony at 31. As you’d expect, insightful and a pleasure to read. Extracts:   When copyright lawyers gather to discuss fair use these days, the most common refrain is its alarming expansion. This distress about fair … Continue reading

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selling a book without authorization doesn’t violate Lanham Act

Smith v., LLC, No. 1:12-cv-04374, 2014 BL 263099 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2014) Smith wrote a book, Hardscrabble. He contracted with Smashwords, an online ebook distributor, to sell his book. Smashwords distributed Smith’s book to its retail partners, including B&N, … Continue reading

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serial infringement may justify liability under Tiffany v. eBay

Mori Lee, LLC v. Sears Holdings Corp., 2014 WL 4680739, No. 13cv3656 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2014) Mori Lee, a dressmaker, sued Sears for trademark infringement and unfair competition.  In 2010, Sears opened an online marketplace at where third-party merchants … Continue reading

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Oh No They Didn’t infringe: Livejournal gets DMCA safe harbor

Eric Goldman on Mavrix Photographs LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., No. 8:13-cv-00517-CJC-JPR (C.D. Cal. Sept. 19, 2014): plaintiff refuses to send DMCA notices to host website, sues instead.  As Eric says, this is a great case for a fee-shift, since (1) … Continue reading

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SCIPR, patents (Limelight/Medtronic)

(Ed. note: as is clear from my notes, I have a somewhat Gingerly approach to patent law. My apologies for any inaccuracies.) Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies (Induced infringement when defendants have not directly infringed.) Medtronic v. Mirowski Family Ventures, … Continue reading

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Dodged a virus and copyright liability: Court rules unused copy isn’t infringing

Design Data Corp. v. Unigate Enterprise, Inc., 2014 WL 3868076, No. 12–cv–04131 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2014) The court found that defendants couldn’t be liable for copyright infringement when the only copying they ever did consisted of downloading, but not … Continue reading

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