Awards of statutory damages and attorney's fees give copyright law its “teeth” to discourage infringers. Sometimes, the mere credible possibility of these two remedies can force an early settlement of copyright infringement cases, and this year they are getting a lot of attention in two different arenas. Statutory Damages In January, the U.S. Commerce Department’s…Read more
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A basic tenet of copyright law is that it does not protect ideas, which is one of the lessons that two screenwriters learned the hard way in a recent case involving the Fox sitcom “New Girl.” In Counts v. Meriweather (C.D. Ca., December 30, 2015), the screenwriters sued a production company, William Morris Entertainment (WME),…Read more
Well that didn't take long... Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury has begun laying the groundwork for an appeal to the US Supreme Court of his copyright infringement case in which he has lost at the district and appellate levels. The three-judge panel that heard his 9th Circuit appeal granted his motion and issued an order today staying their mandate for…Read more
Purveyors of T-shirts beware: before you invest in a design with a clever play on words or an adaptation of an iconic drawing, consider these two recent incidents that illustrate in divergent ways why you should have your proposed trademarks checked by counsel. In the Central District of California, DC Comics sued T-shirt maker Mad…Read more
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