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GoldieBlox Backs Down from Copyright Fight with Beastie Boys

GoldieBlox, Inc. v. Island Def Jam Music Group
By Elise Young – Edited by Alex Shank

On November 21, after the Beastie Boys’ threatened suit, toy company GoldieBlox filed for declaratory judgment that its use of the Beastie Boys’ song, “Girls,” in one of its ads was fair use. The ad, for girls’ engineering toys, had previously gone viral. In their response, the Beastie Boys emphasized their consistent refusal to allow use of their songs in advertising. GoldieBlox removed the ad and promised to drop the suit if the Beastie Boys’ backed down.

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Posted On Dec - 5 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Dish Network’s “Hopper” Free to Skip Commercials as Ninth Circuit Rejects Fox’s Case for Preliminary Injunction

Fox Broadcasting Co. v. Dish Network
By Simon Heimowitz – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of Fox Broadcasting Company’s (“Fox”) request for a preliminary injunction against a Dish Network (“Dish”) product associated with Dish’s “Hopper.” The Hopper allows subscribers to automatically record Fox’s primetime television shows, then view them with the commercials fast-forwarded.

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Posted On Aug - 6 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Class Certification Vacated: Google’s Library Project Gains Ground

Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc.
By Jonathan Sapp – Edited by Michelle Sohn

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated and remanded the lower court’s certification of the plaintiff class. The Second Circuit held that class certification should not precede a determination of Google’s fair use defense. The determination of the defense will “necessarily inform and perhaps moot” the Second Circuit’s analysis of class certification issues. Author’s Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc., No. 12-3200-cv, slip op. at 4 (2d Cir. July 1, 2013).

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Posted On Jul - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Entrepreneur “Owns” Oprah as Second Circuit Reinstates Trademark Suit

 Kelly-Brown v. Winfrey
By Alex Shank – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the District Court for the Southern District of New York’s (S.D.N.Y.) dismissal of trademark infringement claims against Oprah Winfrey, rejecting her fair use defense. Kelly-Brown alleged that Winfrey had used her trademarked phrase “Own Your Power” “as a mark” on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine, its website, and at a magazine event.

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Posted On Jun - 18 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Unwanted Exposure: Civil and Criminal Liability for Revenge Porn Hosts and Posters

Written by: Susanna Lichter
Edited by: Suzanne Van Arsdale

Hollie Toups, the first named plaintiff in Toups v. GoDaddy, was harassed for weeks after nude pictures of her appeared on the website Texxxan.com alongside her real name and a link to her Facebook profile. When Toups requested that Texxxan.com remove the pictures, she was told by the website that they could help in exchange for her credit card information.[i] Texxxan.com is a “revenge porn” or “involuntary porn” website.[ii]

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Posted On May - 28 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST
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