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Constitutional Law

Nike “Jumpman” Case Shows Difficulty With Copy-Cat Infringement Cases

A Federal Court in Oregon dismissed photographer Jacobus Rentmeester’s claim that Nike’s famous “Jumpman” infringed on his original photograph which inspired the logo. The case doesn’t really break new ground nor is it very controversial; the judge correctly applied the proper legal parameters in my opinion. I’m writing about it though because it’s the kind […]

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Copyright Law

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 […]

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Litigation

Lawsuit between Designer Christian Soriano and Talent Agency Reveals Necessity for Written Agreements

Last month, Project Runway winner Christian Soriano was sued by Designer’s Management Agency (DMA) for unpaid commission. According to the complaint, DMA negotiated Soriano’s highly touted deal with Payless to design shoes for its company. Payless has already put out several lines of the Soriano-designed shoes which Payless hoped would elevate its brand. Now DMA […]