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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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Love it or hate it, Tebow-Mania is invading New York.  Quarterback Tim Tebow, whose popularity soared last year as he led the Denver Broncos on an improbable run from a 1 and 4 record to a playoff win over the Steelers, was traded to the New York Jets on March [...]

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Facebook has a message for any of its users considering a lawsuit against the company: tread lightly, because Facebook never forgets.  Since a user’s profile history is never truly erased from Facebook’s records, that history can easily be brought to light during the discovery phase of a suit.  As Facebook’s lawyers have discovered, the [...]

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“Brüno” Victory in Court? Bingo!

On September 20, 2011 By Carolina Blanco

English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is no stranger to lawsuits – and no stranger to winning them, either.  His “documentary-style” comedic films, Borat and Brüno, were surrounded by controversy before they were even released. The Borat lawsuits proved unsuccessful, but Baron Cohen’s legal battles were far from over. 

In 2009, Baron Cohen and NBC Universal [...]

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Hollywood’s Favorite Pastime

On July 5, 2011 By Andrew Farrell

L.A. has done it again.  The city’s baseball team is starring in a drama so “Hollywood” that it appears scripted.  Even in the modern days of huge salaries, epic betrayals, and remorseless lockouts, the bankruptcy of the Los Angeles Dodgers is truly a sacrilegious debacle.  America’s storied franchise is going to court, where it [...]

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You Gotta Get Down on Friday

On June 22, 2011 By Meredith Lawrence

But not everyone will be getting down this Friday.  Rebecca Black’s YouTube music video sensation, “Friday,” had amassed 167,370,534 views in recent months.  Late last Thursday, YouTube abruptly removed the video, evidencing yet another event in the copyright dispute between Black’s lawyers and Ark Music, the company that produced her [...]

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Warlocks and The Right of Publicity

On March 29, 2011 By Anne Goodwyn

“We’re going to shoot one Polaroid per show. I’m going to sign this before it even develops because I know that once it develops with my signature on it, it’s worth a fortune. I’ll make this a work of magic warlock art.” -Charlie Sheen

Entrepreneurs are capitalizing on Charlie Sheen’s speeches, which have fascinated the [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On March 7, 2011 By JETLaw

In the news. . .

Courtney Love pays out big bucks to settle Twitter defamation case.

Warner Brothers hires big-time lawyers in dispute with Charlie Sheen.

LimeWire has documents to show record industry the benefits of file-sharing.

Prince has become purple pain for Manhattan law firm claiming [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 21, 2011 By JETLaw

In the news. . .

J.R.R. Tolkien estate threatens lawsuit over upcoming book featuring Tolkien as a character.

Literary “scout” sues over right to be paid for discovering “Twilight.”

Boarders bankruptcy petition lists creditors that include Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

Congress wants to shut down “rogue” [...]

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