Copyright

People must LIKE to sue Facebook

By Kathleen Melhorn | amdlawgroup.com             For the umpteenth time, Facebook is facing copyright infringement charges this week. After a Dutch family realized Facebook had very similar features to the invention made by their deceased kin, a lawsuit was issued. A  Dutch programmer by the name of Jos Van Der Meer made a program that was much like a “social diary” and linked content from third party sites. He was also granted a patent for this feature in 1998, long before Fac

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You Can’t Have My Blessing…Or The Music!

By Breanna Pendilton | amdlawgroup.com Copyright law is founded upon the theory that it will promote and incentivize new works, while also giving credit to the originator.  But what happens when the owner of that work, will not share it?  Does that promote and incentivize new works?  Lifetime has recently announced its plans to make a biopic of the late singer Aaliyah, who died tragically in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001.  Her family, who was not contacted about the biopic, is not

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Court Date Set for Facebook Ad, Eminem Song Copyright Case

By Caroline Lau | amdlawgroup.com     8 Mile Style, a song publisher for Eminem, filed a lawsuit in May against Facebook and Wieden & Kennedy, the advertising agency behind Facebook’s “Airplane” commercial for copyright infringement. The copyrighted song in question is “Under the Influence”, a collaboration piece between Eminem and rap group D12 off “The Marshall Mathers LP”, Eminem’s third and most successful studio album to date. A court hearing is scheduled for Augu

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EU – Article 13 Ramifications Chill Content Creation

By Alana Ballantyne The European Union recently shook up the world of digital copyright with their sanction of the controversial new amendment; Article 13. Article 13 amends and strengthens the current EU copyright law, already one of the strictest in the world. The passage of the amendment aims to stop the spread of misinformation, termed “fake news” and ensure that copyright violations are taken seriously by large multinational content engines. What makes this amendment so controver

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Another Fashion Design Steal? Designer Leggings

Gloria Han | www.amdlawgroup.com Designer for Atelier de Geste, Beau Rhee was surprised to find one of the models in John Galliano’s debut show at London Fashion Week wearing a two-toned legging design that she featured in her own collection. Rhee watched the fashion show on Monday to see the Maison Margiela fashion show and was excited for the new haute couture fashion designs. Unsure whether the similar designs were simply coincidence or mere imitation, Rhee posted the pictures on Twitter

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Internet Service Providers and Copyright Infringement – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #6

An alliance known as the Center for Copyright Information has been formed between Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) and owners of copyrighted material to help inhibit copyright infringement on the internet. The partnership consists of Internet Service Providers AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon, with the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America. The plan proposed by the coalition is unlike anything done in the past to

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Coke’s “Zero” victory in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

By Gabrielle Sherwood| Editor: Tikwiza Nkowane| www.amdlawgroup.com A three-judge panel on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) granted Coca-Cola rights to trademark the term "Zero" for its soft drink products. This decision was a major victory for the company. Since 2003, Coca-Cola has been trying to win exclusive rights to the no-calorie beverage brand name-and they finally have. There were many valid arguments against granting rights to trademark the

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR APP

By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com The billion dollars app boom is far from being over! A recent study carried out by GIGAOM for the European Commission (https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/sizing-eu-app-economy) shows how apps are going to substantially contribute to the future global economy and how app developers are going to take the global lead. It is important, for app developers, to know how to obtain protection for their ideas at first, and in the end for their developed apps.

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Making a Case for Modern-day Copyright in Court and in Congress

By Caroline Lau, Staff Writer, AMD LAW This week, copyright issues received considerable federal attention both in the Ninth Circuit of the US Courts of Appeals on Wednesday and in a hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on Thursday. While the court ruled that digital video recorders that automatically skip commercials are permissible under copyright law in Fox v. Dish, the House’s subcommittee held th

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[The Forefront of Fashion Law] On-the-spot Report of 4th Annual Fashion Law Symposium

By Sindy Wenjin Ding | amdlawgroup.com The Fashion Law Institute’s 4th Annual Symposium entitled “The spectrum of Style” was held in Fordham Law School in New York on Apr 4. I attended the symposium as a Fashion Law practitioner at AMD LAW, as well as a Fordham Law alumna. The Symposium owns high regards in fashion law industry nationwide, and as expected, it attracted many serious fashion law experts, partners in notable firms, executives from various departments and companies, fashi

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Rod Stewart Sued by Former Photographer for Copyright Infringement

By Christina Severino | amdlawgroup.com Rod Stewart was recently sued by former photographer, Bonnie Schiffman, for injunctive relief and compensatory and punitive damages of at least $2.5 million. The complaint hinges on the allegation that Stewart has misused a photograph originally taken for the cover of his 1989 Greatest Hits album, Storyteller. She claims that Stewart has violated her copyright interests in the photograph when he used the image to promote his recent comeback tour.  Origin

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Apple doesn’t make the same mistake twice (Kathleen Melhorn, Staff Writer)

Instead of facing infringement charges or risking winding up in court again, Apple filed seven trademarks this week. The patents Apple filed would protect the application icons in the new iPod Nano device coming out soon. A website called “Patently Apple” which focuses solely around Apple’s inventions, breaks down the entire file for the trademarks. Viewers are able to see all details down to the colors that they would like to own for the application icons. This effort to clear up an

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Twitter Changes its Copyright Policy

Twitter has made a significant change in its copyright policy, deciding to “withhold” tweets that receive a copyright complaint. The original tweet will be replaced with a message that reads, “This Tweet from @Username has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder.” The message also includes a link to Twitter’s “Copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy” page.  Twitter used to completely delete tweets without explanation, but now users can resp

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Robin Thicke Sues to Clear “Blurred Lines” from Copyright Claims

By Caroline Lau | amdlawgroup.com Robin Thicke and co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris of this summer’s pop anthem, “Blurred Lines”, filed a lawsuit on August 15 in response to accusations by Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgepoint Music, Inc. that the hit copies from Gaye’s 1977 single “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s 1974 song “Sexy Ways”. Bridgepoint Music owns some of the copyright for Funkadelic’s music. The Gayes and Bridgepoint have threatened t

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Women in Intellectual Property

By Katelyn Howells| Editor: Kristen Daly | www.amdlawgroup.com Despite an increase of women taking higher level STEM courses (women taking STEM courses at equal or higher rates than their male counterparts), this increase is not reflected in the STEM workforce; women make up at most 39% of the workforce in individual fields. This discrepancy is also present in the patent law market. In 2012, women represented 33% of the legal profession as a whole, but only 25% of patent law practitioners

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