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Intellectual Property

Fed Ct. Chooses Law Over Art: Warhol Piece Was Not Fair Use of a Prince Photograph

In a major loss for the Andy Warhol Foundation, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the famed artist did not make “fair use” of celebrity photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s 1981 portrait of Prince for his own 1984 series of similar-looking images. The decision overturns one made in 2019 by the Southern District Court of […]

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Intellectual Property Litigation

NY Law on Auto-Renewal: Helpful or Litigation Breeder?

Many States have passed legislation aiming to regulate websites that offer auto-renewal subscriptions or auto-renew purchase plans with mixed success. NY has decided to jump into the fray with an Auto Renewal Law (ARL) that will go in effect on February 1 2021. Key points under the new law: Businesses must generally: Present the material […]

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Entertainment Law Litigation

Say What You Want About Lenny Dykstra . . . . I Mean It, NY Ct. Rules You Can’t Defame Him.

The arc of Lenny “Nails” Dykstra’s life is like a roller coaster. Well at least that first part of the rollercoaster where you go up a huge hill, reach the top, and then speedily plummet to the bottom. Lenny’s hit so rock-bottom that recently a NY Judge ruled he is “libel-proof.” That is, his public […]

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Litigation

What Will Jurors Be Like Post-Covid?

Over the last few days or so, I have seen that lawyers, judges and clients alike are starting to wake up out of their covid-comas and are thinking about getting back to normality – whatever that was – heck, let’s just call it the pre-covid days. More courts are scheduling video or phone conferences; lawyers […]

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General

Getting Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruption

Many of my firm’s business clients have been calling me to see if they can obtain money in addition to available government assistance for the losses they are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I advise them that it all starts with a deep dive into their insurance policies. Let’s face it, most of us […]

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Wrongful Convictions

Its Wrong to Make Wrongly Convicted Drop Legal Claims In Exchange for Freedom

Stephanie Clifford of the New York Times last Tuesday wrote a piece on a growing trend among prosecutors facing motions to vacate wrongful convictions: They will consent to the motion if the defendant agrees to waive his right to seek money damages for his wrongful conviction. The story focuses on the Philadelphia case of Jimmy […]

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Copyright Law Entertainment Law Intellectual Property Trademark Law

Will Alfonso Ribiero Win His Lawsuit Against Fortnite Over “The Carlton Dance?” (Hint: No)

Actor Alfonso Ribiero played nerdy guy Carlton on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” back in the last century. One of the greatest scenes from the show was when Cartlon, home alone, dances wildly to Tom Jones’ hit “Its Not Unusual.” The dance became his signature move and dubbed The Carlton. Now two video game […]

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Constitutional Law

1st Amendment Stops Trump from Blocking Twitter Followers but Allows NFL to Ban Kneeling

The First Amendment is causing quite a stir in social media as a result of two headlines this week: (1) A Federal Judge said that because the President’s Twitter feed is a public forum, he cannot ban any followers due to their speech and (2) The NFL stated that it will issues fines to teams […]

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Copyright Law Litigation

Court Labels Attorney as “Copyright Troll” and Fines Him $10,000 Over Frivolous Case Involving Photograph

2018 has been a bad year for copyright infringement troll attorney Richard Liebowitz. He specializes in bringing hundreds of suits over the alleged infringing use of a digital photograph. In February, in the case of McDermott v. Monday, Monday LLC Southern District of NY Judge Denise Cote labeled him a “Copyright Troll” for filing over […]