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On Monday, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Cable News Network, Inc. v. CSC Holdings, Inc. Plaintiffs, including major networks such as NBC, CBS, FOX, Disney and Paramount, appealed from a Second Circuit decision overturning an injunction against Cablevision’s proposed “remote-storage DVR,” which allows [...]

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Fairey Case to be Instructive on Fair Use

On March 26, 2009 By JETLaw

It is well known by now that Shepard Fairey, creator of the ubiquitous “Hope” poster of then-candidate Barack Obama, is locked in a copyright infringement lawsuit with the Associated Press (AP) over the poster. In an interesting series of events, Fairey and his counsel at the Stanford Fair Use Project sued the AP first. After [...]

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Family Guy's Legal Dreams Come True Again

On March 18, 2009 By JETLaw

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed Bourne Co.’s (“Bourne”) copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of the hit television show Family Guy on March 16, 2009.

On October 3, 2007, Bourne, owner of the song “When You Wish Upon a Star” made famous in [...]

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Satire. Is it a Fair Use?

On February 23, 2009 By JETLaw

The kindness of strangers, eh? Turns out the estate of author Tennessee Williams is no longer so keen on helping out strangers. The University of the South, which owns Mr. Williams’s catalogue, including his famous play A Streetcar Named Desire, has threatened legal action against a New York City playwright. The [...]

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In July 2008, the Southern District of New York ruled that eBay could not be held liable for direct or contributory trademark infringement or dilution in a suit brought by retailer Tiffany & Co. Tiffany had argued that eBay should be liable for trademark infringement because it allowed counterfeit Tiffany items [...]

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More on the Pro-IP Act and its New Czar

On October 20, 2008 By JETLaw

As previously mentioned in last week’s post, the days of George W. Bush’s presidency may be dwindling, but that hasn’t stopped him from using his last months in office to strengthen federal protection for entertainment industries with the creation of a “Copyright Czar“. Despite strong objections from the Department of Justice, [...]

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Who is the Nanny?

On October 17, 2008 By JETLaw

As technology continues to advance, copyright owners must continue to be ever vigilant for new avenues of infringement. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) recently filed suit against RealNetworks, Inc., the creator of the RealDVD software, seeking an injunction to prevent this software from being distributed. The suit is based [...]

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Harry Potter and the Neverending Copyright Case

On September 15, 2008 By JETLaw

On Friday, I speculated here at JETLawBlog about whether RDR Books would appeal Judge Patterson’s decision against them, particularly if they consider editing The Lexicon first. After all, the detailed decision made it very clear what parts of the Lexicon are particularly problematic when it comes to unlawful use of J.K. Rowling’s work.

It [...]

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Copyright Horrors: Spielberg Sued

On September 14, 2008 By JETLaw

Nearly seventeen months after the release of Steven Spielberg’s Disturbia, the estate of Sheldon Abend filed a complaint claiming that the film infringed upon Abend’s exclusive rights to a short story by Cornell Woolrich. The film rights to the story, called “Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint,” or alternatively, “It Had to [...]

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After nearly five months of speculation from fans, bloggers, and legal scholars alike, a New York judge handed down a verdict in favor of J.K. Rowling (and Warner Brothers, holders of the film rights in her books) in the controversial copyright case involving “The Harry Potter Lexicon,” a fan-website-turned-unauthorized-reference-book. As our blog mentioned a [...]

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