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Lack of personal jurisdiction leads to fee award in (c)/false advertising case

International Inst. of Management v. Organization for Econ. Cooperation & Development, No. 2:18-cv-01748-JCM-GWF, 2019 WL 5578485 (D. Nev. Oct. 29, 2019) Not gonna lie, I’m here for the defendants, the OECD and Joseph Stiglitz.   IIM, a small Nevada think tank, … Continue reading

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Dastar bars Lanham Act claims against unauthorized copying of photo for album cover

Patterson v. Diggs, No. 18-CV-03142 (NSR), 2019 WL 3996493 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 23, 2019) Patterson is “an internationally known photographer” who took photos of “a nickel-silver casing created by nonparty Moroccan company Yahya Creation” without a written contract and without being … Continue reading

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CopyrightX: UGC panel

Panel One: User-generated Content, Digital Labor, and Collaborative Authorship Moderator: Bethany Rabe Rebecca Tushnet: Fanworks, Fair Use, and Self-Actualization Through Transformative Expression Title assigned a few months ago is a little misleading because I actually wanted to take the opportunity … Continue reading

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Copying before-and-after surgical photos can be false advertising despite Dastar

Aesthetic Associates, Inc. v. Key West Institute for Plastic Surgery, Inc., No. 18-10059-CIV-MARTINEZ-OTAZO-REYES, 2019 WL 1922854 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 5, 2019) Plaintiff, whose principal is Dr. Portuese, sued defendants for copyright infringement, removal of CMI and false advertising in passing … Continue reading

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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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