Tag Archives: secondary liability

Amazon escapes liability for ads & emails touting vendors’ infringing products

Lasoff v. Amazon.com Inc, 2017 WL 372948, No. C16-151 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 26, 2017) Lasoff owns Ingrass, which sells artificial turf and related products.  He sold through Amazon, but in 2013 his sales allegedly began to plummet, both on his … Continue reading

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Direct, secondary liability under Lanham Act for statements targeted at foreign markets

Operation Technology, Inc. v. Cyme International T & D Inc., No. SACV 14-00999,  2016 WL 6246806 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2016) Plaintiff (ETAP) alleged that defendants (CYME, IPET-CO, and Amir Aslani) violated the Lanham Act via pseudononymous, disparaging remarks made … Continue reading

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Spy Phone v. spy phone: Google loses motion to dismiss TM and other claims

Spy Phone Labs LLC. v. Google Inc., No. 15-cv-03756, 2016 WL 6025469 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 14, 2016) The plaintiff here, an app maker with a registered mark for Spy Phone for a monitoring app, squeaks past dismissal of its trademark … Continue reading

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GW Design Law: Ecommerce remedies

AFTERNOON SESSION 1: Design Patents & Ecommerce Moderator: Judy Yee, Microsoft Howard Hogan, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher: Counterfeiting is a growing problem, but sometimes they don’t use a copyrighted work of authorship but are still selling a knockoff of a … Continue reading

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Celebrity spokesperson isn’t directly liable under California consumer protection law

Luman v. Theismann, 647 Fed.Appx. 804 (9th Cir. 2016) Plaintiffs sued NAC Marketing Company and Joe Theismann for their advertising statements about NAC’s Super Beta Prostate product, bringing warranty claims as well as the usual California statutory claims.  Because one … Continue reading

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ISP fails to dismiss (c) and CMI claims based on watermarked photo

Goldstein v. Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc., 2016 WL 4257457, No. TDC-15-2400 (D. Md. Aug. 11, 2016) Goldstein is a professional photographer who registered a copyright in a 2007 photograph he took of the Silver Spring Metro Station, which appears … Continue reading

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Judge McKeown on copyright, and responses (including mine)

Hon. M. Margaret McKeown,  Censorship in the Guise of Authorship: Harmonizing Copyright and the First Amendment, 15 Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 1 (2016) Margaret Chon, Copyright’s Other Functions, 15 Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 364 Edward Lee, Suspect Assertions of Copyright, … Continue reading

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