9
Jun/15

Photo of Scarlett Johansson From Scarlett Johansson Movie Review Prompts Demand Letter by Higbee and Associates


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TechDirt reports on demand letter sent to publisher of movie review that ran a still from the movie (depicted above).

Pro tip: When you receive a demand letter from the representative of a ‘stock photo’ agency, ask them to provide the copyright registration, proof that the photo in question is covered by that particular registration, and proof that the photographer assigned his or her rights to the copyright claimant.



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May/15

FTC Letter to ICANN re Vox Populi’s .SUCKS Gtld


ICANN asked that the FTC look into whether anything Vox Populi (registry for .SUCKS) may done as illegal. The FTC responds: “now you ask?”

Add this incident to the “What is ICANN, Anyway?” case file. Is it a regulator? A standards-setting body? A trade association? A FIFA-like Chimera that sees itself operating outside the laws of the world?

Is this exchange with the FTC kabuki?

ftc-icann-sucks-27may15.pdf by martyschwimmer



27
May/15

The Adventure of the Last Ten Sherlock Holmes Stories


The 50 earliest Sherlock Holmes stories are in the public domain. The Conan Doyle Estate alleges that the last ten stories are still under copyright. It alleges that a novel about Sherlock Holmes in his retirement, A Slight Trick of the Mind, and the upcoming movie based on that novel, copy elements of those last ten stories.

conan doyle copyright complaint.pdf by martyschwimmer



25
May/15

A Few More Recent Trademark Decisions




25
May/15

Recent Trademark Decisions




25
May/15

Complaint: Gucci v Alibaba, SDNY


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gucci alibaba complaint.pdf by martyschwimmer



18
May/15

Text of CAFC Decision in Apple v Samsung Trade Dress/Design Patent Decision


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apple v samsung cafc 2.pdf by martyschwimmer



21
Apr/15

Recent Trademark Decisions




20
Apr/15

Text of CAFC Affirmance of SLANTS Rejection


Slants CAFC ex parte appeal.pdf by martyschwimmer



20
Apr/15

John Oliver on Patents