Monthly Archive: June 2005

Siding with record labels and movie studios, the Supreme Court has held that peer-to-peer file sharing companies, such as Grokster and StreamCast can be held liable for contributory copyright infringement if their customers engage in illegal file-swapping while using their products. Writing for the majority, Justice Souter summed up the decision in this way: “We …

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The Constitutional Court in South Africa has ruled that Laugh It Off productions made fair use of liquor giant’s BLACK LABEL trademark as parody when it created a similar looking label that read BLACK LABOUR WHITE GUILT to sell on t-shirts. SABMiller, one of the largest brewers in the world, manufactures Carlings Black Label Beer. …

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The FTC announced that it has reached a settlement with the makers of Tropicana Orange juice (Pepsi) for unsubstantiated claims about the ability of Tropicana Healthy Heart juice to decrease the likelihood of stroke and heart disease. The juicy details: From 2002 until early 2004, Tropicana ran commercials on television and in magazines for its …

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Effective July 1, 2005, Florida will relax its requirement that sweepstakes rules be printed in their entirety on every advertisement showcasing the promotion. Prior to the enactment of this modification, under Florida Statute 849.094, advertisers were required to print the full entry rules in each an every advertisement that promoted a sweepstakes, even when the …

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