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If #AlexfromTarget Heads to Court

On November 17, 2014 By Lauren Ostberg

Before November 2, Alex Lee (Alex LaBeouf?) was a Texas teenager who happened to work at Target. Today, he is #alexfromtarget, a meme, and a microcelebrity with nearly 750,000 twitter followers. It is difficult to account for the precise mechanism that made Alex, or any meme, go viral. According to most [...]

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No Publicity Rights for the ‘Soul Man’

On November 6, 2013 By Doruk Onvural

On Halloween Thursday, Sam Moore, a Grammy-winning musician, lost his four-year litigation battle against The Weinstein Co. over the 2008 film Soul Men. Moore claimed that the film was a thinly-veiled rip-off of his music career and that the film’s accompanying soundtrack violated his trademark to “Soul Man.”

In 2012, a Tennessee judge dismissed both claims, [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On October 28, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

NSA accused of spying on Germany; Idaho fed. court takes the word ‘hacking’ a bit too literally; Cheney’s defibrillator security

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Where’s Atticus When You Need Him?

On October 25, 2013 By Philip Houten

Harper Lee, the 87-year-old author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is suing a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama to stop it from selling souvenirs with her name and the title of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The complaint alleges that the museum seeks to capitalize on [...]

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Ed O’Bannon’s four-year-long lawsuit made a huge step a few weeks ago when O’Bannon and EA agreed on a settlement (previously discussed here). The settlement was a big win for the plaintiffs but also for student-athletes in general. It is one step closer to athletes being able to [...]

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Last week video game producer Electronic Arts Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company reached a proposed settlement with the plaintiffs in the O’Bannon case.

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Are the NCAA’s Days Numbered?

On July 12, 2013 By William Wojcik

While some people have declared the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) system of governing student-athletes corrupt and in dire need of reform, the chances real change would in the NCAA has seemed . . . unlikely. The rule is simple: student athletes cannot receive any compensation for their performances on the field. [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On January 28, 2013 By Brandon Trout

Steve Jobs threatened patent suit to enforce no-hiring plicy. Court approves Kodak financing, could exit bankruptcy by mid-2013. Google stands up for Gmail users, requires cops to get a warrant. Online gamers say “gaymer” trademark has to go. FCC approves new “secret” wireless [...]

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Obama Trademark Dispute? “O” My!

On September 10, 2012 By Kendall Short

President Obama’s reelection campaign, Obama for America, has recently settled a trademark dispute over its “Rising Sun” logo–the now famous “O” with red and white striped fields below a rising sun made of the open center space.  The campaign trademarked the image in 2008 and also trademarked a similar logo in April of [...]

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A Happy Day for the Happy Days Cast

On July 12, 2012 By Francie Kammeraad

Happy Days, the infamous sitcom which ran from 1974 to 1984, represents an era with classic American values–a simpler, happier time.  However, it also reflects a time when both actors and studios did not fully understand or adequately contract around publicity rights.

Publicity rights are the rights to a celebrity’s image [...]

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