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Star Trekkin’ across the universe of fair use

I like Star Trek better than Dr. Seuss, ok? Dr. Seuss Enters., L.P. v. ComicMix LLC, No. 16-CV-2779 JLS (BGS) (S.D. Cal. Mar. 12, 2019) DSE owns the copyrights to the works of Theodor S. Geisel, better known as Dr. … Continue reading

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Selling copyright-infringing content isn’t trademark infringement or false advertising

Joint Stock Co.“Channel One Russia Worldwide” v. Russian TV Co., 2019 WL 804506, No. 18 Civ. 2318 (LGS) (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 21, 2019) Channel One produces and broadcasts TV programming in the Russian Federation and its neighboring states, and granted third … Continue reading

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In plagiarism/false attribution case, use was de minimis, fair, and protected by 1A

Israel v. Strassberg, 2018 WL 4290394, No. 2:15-CV-741 (D. Utah. Sept. 7, 2018) Israel entered the Ph.D. Psychology program at the University of Utah, which required a master’s thesis, and Strassberg was her advisor. Israel’s master’s thesis turned on the … Continue reading

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In plagiarism/false attribution case, use was de minimis, fair, and protected by 1A

Israel v. Strassberg, 2018 WL 4290394, No. 2:15-CV-741 (D. Utah. Sept. 7, 2018) Israel entered the Ph.D. Psychology program at the University of Utah, which required a master’s thesis, and Strassberg was her advisor. Israel’s master’s thesis turned on the … 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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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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The Ninth Circuit don’t care: successful Rogers defense reversed because plaintiff’s trademark is “artistic”

Gordon v. Drape Creative, Inc., No. 16-56715 (9th Cir. Jul. 30, 2018) The Ninth Circuit routinely invents some new epicycle for trademark defenses; here it unfortunately mushes together Rogers and transformativeness (absent the word itself, replaced with “artistic”).  There are … Continue reading

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