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By June Nam – Edited by Ding Ding

The heirs of William Abbott and Lou Costello filed suit against the creators of a Broadway play, Hand to God for using—verbatim—a portion of the iconic comedy routine, Who’s on First?. The Second Circuit affirmed the judgment but rejected the reasoning of the district court, which dismissed allegations of copyright infringement. The Circuit Judge, Reena Raggi, held that the use of the routine in the play was not a fair use under the Copyright Act of 1976. However, the heirs did not have a valid copyright to allege any copyright infringement.

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Posted On Oct - 23 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Dumb Starbucks Prank Sparks a Tangle of Legal Concerns
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Last weekend, Los Angeles residents stood in line to taste free coffee at a new coffee shop in town: “Dumb Starbucks.” The stunt was later discovered to have been orchestrated by Comedy Central comedian Nathan Fielder. Although short-lived—the shop was shut down by the Los Angeles Health Department for operating without a health permit—Dumb Starbucks coffee shop has drawn considerable attention and raised an array of legal issues.

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Posted On Feb - 15 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Written by Raquel Acosta Edited by Albert Wang and Vicki Blohm Editorial Policy I. Introduction The current copyright framework is becoming obsolete as we try to make a digital world run on an analog legal system. The Copyright Act covers “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be visually perceived, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.” 17 U.S.C. § 401. The ability of ... Read More...
Posted On Sep - 22 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
by Michael Adelman Copyright Suit Fails to Prevent Memorial Day Weekend Release of The Hangover: Part II On Tuesday May 24, the New York Times reported that Judge Catherine D. Perry of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri denied tattoo artist Victor Whitmill’s preliminary injunction that would have halted the release of the film The Hangover: Part II over Memorial Day weekend. Mr. Whitmill claims that Warner Brothers has infringed on his exclusive rights to the ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 6 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Appropriation artist found to have infringed copyrights after failing to show transformative use By Matthew Becker – Edited by Chinh Vo Cariou v. Prince, No. 08 Civ. 11327 (DAB) (S.D.N.Y. March 18, 2011) Slip Opinion hosted by Scribd In a closely watched copyright case, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment for the plaintiff, Patrick Cariou, ruling that the appropriation artist Richard Prince, in conjunction with the Gagosian Gallery, infringed Cariou’s copyrighted ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 3 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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