Category Archives: Copyright & Idea Theft

On October 20, 2016, we published an article discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to grant review of the Sixth Circuit’s August 2011 ruling in Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on October 31, … Continue reading

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On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review of the Sixth Circuit’s August 2015 ruling in Varsity Brands Inc. v. Star Athletica LLC[i] The Supreme Court will determine the proper test to assess whether Varsity’s two-dimensional cheerleading uniform … Continue reading

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Section 505 of the Copyright Act provides for recovery of attorneys’ fees by prevailing litigants. It states that a court, “in its discretion may allow the recovery of full costs.” However, no guidance has been provided on this language in … Continue reading

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TVEyes is a media monitoring service, claiming, “to organize the world’s TV and radio broadcasts and make them universally searchable by the spoken word.”[1] Founded in 1999, the service uses innovative “audio mining” speech analytics technology to record and transcribe … Continue reading

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Glaser Weil is pleased to announce that Partner and Head of the Trademark, Copyright and Media Practice Erica Van Loon has been named to Law360’s “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes top legal talent under the age of 40 with outstanding … Continue reading

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The Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC), the leading trade association serving general counsel and business affairs attorneys, has named Glaser Weil the 2016 Law Firm of the Year. Michele McShane, Assistant General Counsel and Senior Director of IP … Continue reading

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari in the case of Google, Inc. v. Oracle America, Inc., a closely watched case regarding the eligibility of software for copyright protection.  The Supreme Court’s decision leaves in place the Federal Circuit’s … Continue reading

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Since our prior post, the “monkeying around” has only continued.  At the end of last week, the U.S. Copyright Office stated definitively that it would not “register works produced by plants, animals or divine or supernatural beings” in the wake … Continue reading

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Looks like some copyright monkey business is afoot! Wikipedia, the collaborative free online encyclopedia, and David Slater, a British photographer, are currently in a copyright dispute over a photograph taken by a primate. In 2011, Mr. Slater traveled to Indonesia. … Continue reading

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On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., et al., v. Aereo, Inc. The case involves a lawsuit brought by ABC and other television producers, marketers, distributors, and broadcasters (collectively, “ABC”) … Continue reading

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