Tag Archive: Copyrights

Warner Bros. v. X One X Production, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 13646 (8th Cir. Mo. July 5, 2011) This is a case that will make game and movie companies add a new level of analysis and scrutiny to every new creation that has a basis in a work that has entered the public domain. The …

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Elly May is the role played over two hundred and sixty-four times by Donna Douglas in 1960’s series, The Beverly Hillbillies; and, Douglas has sued Mattel in Louisiana for making the “Elly May” doll in the Barbie Doll line. While Mattel claims to have obtained all necessary licenses to make the product under necessary channels, …

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Estate of Curtis v. Chambers and Globe Specialties, Supreme Court of Massachusetts, Case No. 10662 (Jan. 18, 2011) Harold Curtis designed and produced unique and distinctive printed promotional and advertising materials used by automobile dealerships to conduct direct mail campaigns and advertise dealership sales events. In 2000, Globe was rebuffed by Curtis after Globe offered …

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Two law professors, one at Case Western and one at U.C Hastings, intended to write a textbook about criminal law, but end up writing a lesson in misapplication of copyright law. In McMunigal v. Bloch (N.D. Cal. 12/23/10), two law professors contract with Aspen Publishing to create a criminal law textbook, but the production of …

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It’s no secret: U.S. and international markets are in deep turmoil. Massive layoffs, historic stock market declines, and institutional failures remind us this no ordinary time. Even while companies look for ways to cut back and streamline institutional costs, now may be the best time to strengthen your intellectual property (IP) portfolio. Although frequently overlooked, …

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This week, Apple announced that Digital Rights Management (DRM) would not attach to any single song from the iTunes store. This is huge confirmation of what most music fans have noticed: DRM doesn’t work and may never work. The details of this change include a price change. A tiered spectrum of prices will be the …

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