A judge in the Southern District of New York will allow the parties to proceed, counterclaims and all, in a novel case involving the copyrightability of tattoo designs and their alleged infringement in a basketball video game (Solid Oak Sketches LLC v. Visual Concepts LLC, Case 1:16-cv-00724-LTS). The plaintiff is a company that licensed various tattoo…Read more
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Two recent film cases related to copyright law have relevant lessons for film producers and distributors. Both decisions were reached on motions to dismiss, with one court affirming dismissal and the other denying. The subtext in the first case is the need to have all rights properly cleared, and to obtain errors and omissions insurance,…Read more
A recent trademark infringement case highlights the need for small businesses that are manufacturers to have iron-clad trademark licensing agreements with their distributors. Similar to situations involving copyright ownership in the work product of graphic designers hired to create websites or logos, you cannot assume that you, as a manufacturer, own the trademarks associated with…Read more
Khloe Kardashian has been hit with a copyright infringement suit for posting a photo of herself taken by an international celebrity photo agency named Xposure Photos UK LTD. After review of the complaint, the case has a few notable issues worth addressing. First, some might be asking (and no doubt Ms. Kardashian must have been…Read more
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