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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

Supreme Court Rules that Anti-Prostitution Policy Requirement for HIV/AIDS Funding Violates First Amendment

Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.
By Andrew Spore – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

In June of this year, the Supreme Court ruled that requiring as a condition of funding that recipients of federal HIV/AIDS prevention funds have “a policy explicitly opposing prostitution” constituted an impermissible restriction on speech, Agency, slip op. at 15, affirming a 2011 decision by the Second Circuit.

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Posted On Jul - 8 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Blogger’s Threats Toward Judges Not Protected Speech, Second Circuit Holds

United States v. Turner
By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

The Second Circuit affirmed the E.D.N.Y.’s conviction of Harold Turner for “threatening to assault or murder” Seventh Circuit Judges Easterbrook, Bauer, and Posner on the basis of his blog posts about a decision the three had made regarding the Second Amendment. Turner, slip op. at 2­–3.  The Second Circuit upheld that Turner’s conduct constituted “a true threat [that] was unprotected by the First Amendment.” Id. at 16.

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Posted On Jun - 30 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Filmmakers Sue to Restore “Happy Birthday” to Public Domain

Good Morning to You Productions v. Warner/Chappell Music
By Samantha Rothberg – Edited by Gillian Kassner

Good Morning to You Productions Corp. (“GMTY”) sued Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. (“Warner/Chappell”), the copyright holder of “Happy Birthday to You.” GMTY seeks to invalidate the copyright, restore the song to the public domain, and force Warner/Chappell to repay substantial licensing fees. GMTY alleges that any valid copyright in the song expired long ago.

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Posted On Jun - 24 - 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
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