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Copyright Law Entertainment Law General Intellectual Property Litigation Trademark Law

Courts Denounce Copyright Lawsuits Based Solely On IP Address

Common sense is finally coming to copyright troll lawsuits. As I have reported on before here on this site, the adult film industry has been filing lawsuits all around the country against folks whose IP address was registered to them when that IP address was used to download a pornographic movie. Where the plaintiff did […]

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Entertainment Law General Intellectual Property

Meet the Copyright Thief No One Will Prosecute!

Hollywood and the music industry have been on a rampage railing against copyright abuse, sending cease and desist letters with outrageous monetary demands to little girls, schoolteachers, and yes repeat hackers who illegally download and distribute their films and albums. Yet, right there on Page 1 of the NY Times, is a story about one […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law General Intellectual Property Litigation

NY Court Rules Calling Someone “Extortionist” Is Not Defamatory

The then Mayor of the Village of Freeport was vindicated by the Second Department (a NY Appeals court covering Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, and parts of Upstate NY), for remarks he made in a public election debate during which he called the plaintiff, a commercial real estate developer, “an extortionist” who was “trying […]

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Copyright Law Entertainment Law Intellectual Property Litigation Restaurant and Hospitality Law

Bar Owners Beware! Not Paying for Tunes Can Be Costly!

Owners of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and other venues that play background music or have live music at their establishments should take note of the Ninth Circuit’s decision last month in Range Road Music v. East Coast Foods where it held up a large award against a restaurant that refused to pay a licensing fee for […]

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General Intellectual Property Litigation

Bloggers Lawsuit Against HuffPo Dismissed

Last Friday, Judge John Koetl of the Southern District of NY threw out a purported $105 million lawsuit brought against the Huffington Post by a class of unpaid bloggers. The lead plaintiff was political gadfly Jonathan Tasini who has mounted several unsuccessful campaigns for federal office, against Hillary Clinton, Charles Rangel and Kirsten Gillibrand. Having […]

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Fashion Law Intellectual Property Litigation Trademark Law

Louis Vuitton Wins Big in Knock-Off Case That Awarded Attorney’s Fees On Top of Statutory Damages

Famed handbag maker and design house stalwart Louis Vuitton won a major victory yesterday in the Second Circuit, the Federal Appeals court covering cases arising out of New York, Connecticut and Vermont. In a potentially game-changing decision, Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. v. LY, USA Inc. et al , the court settled an unclear issue in […]

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Entertainment Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Penalty Provisions in Reality TV Contracts – Fair or Unenforceable?

In 1968, visionary pop artist Andy Warhol proclaimed in a catalog promoting an art show of his in Sweden that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Reality TV has certainly proven the truth of his claim. Having worked with individuals and production companies in the reality TV field, one of the […]

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General Intellectual Property Litigation

“The Bachelor” Producers File Lawsuit to Silence Blogger “Reality Steve”

In a move that may be an example of cutting one’s nose off to spite one’s face, the producers of the immensely popular dating elimination show “The Bachelor” have filed a Federal lawsuit in an attempt to shut down “RealitySteve.com,” the website of Steve Carbone. For years, “Reality Steve” has written about all of the […]

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Copyright Law Fashion Law Intellectual Property

Venerable Fashion House Takes on Venerable Law School as Louis Vuitton Challenges Penn Law School’s Use of It’s Design in Poster

I’m sure that the students in the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Intellectual Property Group did not intend their upcoming Annual Symposium on Fashion Law to focus on their own poster for the event. But that will very likely be the main topic at the March 12 event, after world-renown fashion house Louis Vuitton fired […]