Copyright

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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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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The Battle Between Graffiti Artists and the High Culture of Fashion

By Gloria Han | amdlawgroup.com Cavalli, an Italian fashion designer, used direct design by artists from the San Francisco Mission District in his 2014 Spring and Summer clothing line. Three graffiti artists, Jason Williams, Victor Chapa, and Jeffrey Rubin, filed a lawsuit against Cavalli “for copyright infringement, unfair competition, and violations of the Lanham Act (false designation claim of origin),” stated Walsh. Below is the original mural by the graffiti artists Revok, Reyes,

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013: Using Photos In A Way to Lessen Copyright Violations

[podcast src="https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/6642184/height/360/width/450/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/" height="360" width="450" placement="top" theme="standard"]Download this episode In this episode, we discuss how to use photos in a way to lessen copyright violations. The lead-off quote: The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” — Andy Warhol

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Why Solopreneurs Need Trademark Protection

By Aurelia Mitchell Durant, Esquire | www.amdlawgroup.com Your trademark, like your name, is your identity, because, as a solopreneur, your business is yours and yours alone. And unlike your personal name, which you most probably did not choose, you worked and thought long and hard before you decided on your business trademark. You should have chosen a name that is unique, and that cannot be confused with the trademark of any other business, whether in a field similar to yours or those that hav

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