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Vitamin Water case – Were Coke’s Lawyer’s Clueless?

Just wanted to add an update on this issue. In the judge’s decision, it states that Coca-Cola did not contest the facts about VitaminWater but instead argued that no reasonable consumer could be mislead into thinking that VW was healthy because  -and here is the kicker-  they claim that Coke never promoted it as a […]

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Bring Me the Head of Winnie The Pooh!

I don’t usually write about pending cases, but I had to just tell everyone about my latest clients.  They are two Midwestern school teachers, husband and wife, who decided to supplement their income by running a kids’ party company in the summer.  They bought all of the old inflatable items of a defunct party company […]

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NY Court Deals Huge Blow to Digital Image Companies by Invalidating Registration Method

In a decision that could have far-reaching implications for the licensors of digital images, Federal Judge Loretta Preska, the Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York, declared as improper and unenforceable the standard method for registering images by digital image warehouses like Corbis and Masterfile (the biggest of them Getty Images, does not […]

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Manhattan Film Festival Law Suit Filed against Tribeca

My latest intellectual property case is a lawsuit brought against the Tribeca Film Festival by the founders of the Manhattan Film Festival.  I think the TFF appears to have lost its way and forgotten its “innovative” roots.   After all, this year’s TFF opened with “Shrek 3.”  This year it also launched its first “Virtual Film […]

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Caution: Your Website Images May Be Illegal!

One of the other websites I am associated with   extortionletterinfo.com,  is devoted to the issue of digital imagery on the web and the copyright attached to them.  A number of the world’s largest digital image warehouses, notably Getty Images, Masterfile and Corbis, have begun asserting claims for images controlled by them and used by […]