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Copyright Law General

Future of Music Blogs Uncertain As Feds Crackdown

Thanksgiving weekend, the Federal Government, through the White House’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel and the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), shut down over eighty (80) websites for copyright infringement. While many of the sites were for businesses that sold knock-0ff handbags, perfumes, etc., a fair number of the shuttered sites were […]

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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 […]