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Aereo Suing Barrydriller.com Founder Again, This Time for Using the Name 'Aero'

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Photo: Filmon.TV It wouldn’t be the end to another week in tech without another copyright lawsuit. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Aereo board member and IAC chairman Barry Diller is once again taking FilmOn CEO Alki David to court, this time for trademark infringement. You’ll remember that the two previously met...
Aereo Suing Barrydriller.com Founder Again, This Time for Using the Name 'Aero'

Columnist Accuses EA Of 'Identity Theft' For Using Player Likenesses

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Reader LCD points us to a piece in the New York Daily News that is so utterly stupid I don't want to spend much time on it—but it deserves (nay, requires) a brief pause for ridicule. According to the column by Andrea Tantaros, who almost exclusively covers politics and should...
Columnist Accuses EA Of 'Identity Theft' For Using Player Likenesses

Ex-Employer's Hijacking of a LinkedIn Account Is a Publicity Rights Violation--Eagle v. Morgan

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[By Venkat with comments from Eric] Eagle v. Morgan, 11-4303 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 12, 2013) We've previously covered this dispute......
Ex-Employer's Hijacking of a LinkedIn Account Is a Publicity Rights Violation--Eagle v. Morgan

The Return Of The Living Dead: Publicity Rights Legislation Continues To Grant Protection To Famous Corpses

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Hologram* Tupac's appearance at Coachella has brought more attention to the inexact science of publicity rights than anyone could have imagined. While not necessarily a "one-off," the whole experience had the gimmicky feel of a small triumph of technology over death. *Not actually a hologram. Several months down the road...
The Return Of The Living Dead: Publicity Rights Legislation Continues To Grant Protection To Famous Corpses

If You're Going To Illegally Seize Citizens' Cell Phones, At Least Make Sure You're Grabbing The Right Ones

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When cops behave badly, many suddenly develop an acute case of unconstitutional stage fright, often resulting in the immediate confiscation of any cameras/cell phones in the vicinity. If it's going to come down to "our word against yours," it helps immensely to have any contradictory "words" spirited away by...
If You're Going To Illegally Seize Citizens' Cell Phones, At Least Make Sure You're Grabbing The Right Ones

DailyDirt: Ready For A Trip To Space Yet?

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The opportunities to hitch a ride to space are growing by leaps and bounds now. Just a few years ago, you needed to be a multi-millionaire with the right stuff to buy your way on a rocketship to space. Now, you just need to be some kind of marketing phenomenon...
DailyDirt: Ready For A Trip To Space Yet?

Big Ruling Says Using Trademarks In Artistic Works Can Be Protected Under The First Amendment

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For years, we've talked about just how preposterous it is that various brands claim filmmakers and other content creators can't show their logos without permission. There are even lawyers who specialize in watching movies to make sure no brands appear without a license. Seriously. And this trademark madness extends to...
Big Ruling Says Using Trademarks In Artistic Works Can Be Protected Under The First Amendment

Jeremy Lin Joins The Linsanity Trademark Scrum, Files His Own Application

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This one was probably inevitable after the reports broke of two random trademark applications for "Linsanity" -- the phrase popularly associated with unexpected sports phenom Jeremy Lin. It appears that Lin has filed for his own trademark on the term. Again, this isn't surprising, but I actually wonder if even...
Jeremy Lin Joins The Linsanity Trademark Scrum, Files His Own Application

Chris Evans' Lawyer Threatens Forum; Apparently Unfamiliar With Free Speech, Safe Harbors & Streisand Effect

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What is it with lawyers who default to being over-aggressive, without (apparently) stopping to think about how such aggression will almost certainly backfire? Today's such story focuses on one Neil Meyer, a prominent Beverly Hills lawyer, who represents the Hollywood actor Chris Evans. On June 12th, a blog called the...
Chris Evans' Lawyer Threatens Forum; Apparently Unfamiliar With Free Speech, Safe Harbors & Streisand Effect

Photographer Sues Desmond Howard For Infringement; Howard Counters With 'Publicity Rights'

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This has the potential to be loooooong story but I'll try to keep it short. It involves multiple counts of alleged copyright infringement by some pretty big names in the business, but the real story is someone striking after the iron has spent 20 years cooling. Brian Masck is...
Photographer Sues Desmond Howard For Infringement; Howard Counters With 'Publicity Rights'

Judge Rejects Einstein Publicity Rights Claim... By Playing Dice With The Law

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A couple years ago, we wrote about Hebrew University suing GM for using an image of Albert Einstein in an ad without first getting permission (i.e., paying up). Einstein left his assets to Hebrew University (of which he was a founder and a big supporter), and Hebrew University has taken...
Judge Rejects Einstein Publicity Rights Claim... By Playing Dice With The Law

New York startups can compete to get a fiber connection

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Startups in New York have a new competition that offers more than bragging rights or a trophy — although far less than the contest organizers would have you believe. The city is kicking off a challenge that will bring free fiber to the building of small businesses, though they will...
New York startups can compete to get a fiber connection

Marilyn Monroe's Persona Belongs To The Public; Estate Can't Retroactively Move Her To California

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Marilyn Monroe once said: I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else. But... that's not quite how the lawyers representing her estate felt about things. A few years...
Marilyn Monroe's Persona Belongs To The Public; Estate Can't Retroactively Move Her To California

Wilt Chamberlain's Family Tries To Block Film About His College Years, Claiming 'Publicity Rights'

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A filmmaker is trying to make a film about basketball great Wilt Chamberlain's college years at Kansas. However, his estate appears to be threatening the filmmaker if he goes ahead, claiming such things as publicity rights over Chamberlain's image (thanks to Nancy for sending this over). "Please be advised that...
Wilt Chamberlain's Family Tries To Block Film About His College Years, Claiming 'Publicity Rights'

Universal Music Sued Because 62% Of A Bow Wow Video Is Actually A French Porn Star's Music Video

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A French porn star, Celine Tran, more widely known as "Katsuni," is suing the rapper Bow Wow (real name: Shad Gregory Moss) and his label, Universal Music, for using clips from a video she did for a different music act in his own video. In the interest of understanding the...
Universal Music Sued Because 62% Of A Bow Wow Video Is Actually A French Porn Star's Music Video

Judge Rejects Einstein Publicity Rights Claim... By Playing Dice With The Law

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A couple years ago, we wrote about Hebrew University suing GM for using an image of Albert Einstein in an ad without first getting permission (i.e., paying up). Einstein left his assets to Hebrew University (of which he was a founder and a big supporter), and Hebrew University has taken...
Judge Rejects Einstein Publicity Rights Claim... By Playing Dice With The Law

Sweet Brown Has Her Voice Autotuned, Sues 'iTunes' And Others For $15 Million

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Eric Wisti alerts us a case we hadn't heard about before. You may recall a few years back how the Bed Intruder song became a huge hit, after the Autotune the News guys took an offbeat TV interview and turned it into a song. They, famously, provided some of the...
Sweet Brown Has Her Voice Autotuned, Sues 'iTunes' And Others For $15 Million

Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer's Loopy Legal Argument Laced With Lifted Language?

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Now here's a weird one. THResq has a report concerning Lindsay Lohan's lawyer in her ridiculous case against the rapper Pitbull. That lawyer has now been accused of plagiarizing most of a recent filing which tried to argue that Pitbull's First Amendment rights weren't an issue in the case. If...
Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer's Loopy Legal Argument Laced With Lifted Language?

Judge: Mocking Lindsay Lohan Is Allowed; Plagiarizing A Court Filing, Not So Much

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You may recall a couple of years ago, we wrote about the latest in a series of ridiculous lawsuits filed by Lindsay Lohan, whose lawyer seems to have a rather creative way of interpreting the law at times. This time, it involved suing the rapper Pitbull for mentioning Lohan in...
Judge: Mocking Lindsay Lohan Is Allowed; Plagiarizing A Court Filing, Not So Much

Kurt Cobain, before the age of the digital zombies | Jonathan Jones

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As Courtney Love cedes all rights to Cobain's image, where it will be used in an age of CGI and holograms is anyone's guessEven the background of this picture is a ghost. Kurt Cobain stands on West 42nd Street in Manhattan in 1993, in front of a semi-derelict cinema bearing...
Kurt Cobain, before the age of the digital zombies | Jonathan Jones

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Instagram Because People Still Don't Like Its Terms Of Service

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We've discussed plenty of times how class action lawsuits too often are about nothing more than some lawyers shaking down a company, hoping for a "settlement" in which the lawyers make out with millions while the "class" they represents gets very little, if anything. Yes, the class action system serves...
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Instagram Because People Still Don't Like Its Terms Of Service

Of All The Coats, In All The Scenes, In All The Films: Burberry Threatened Over Humphrey Bogart Publicity Rights

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One of the cooler features of Facebook's Timeline for businesses is the ability to go back and fill in milestones and events over the years. Some companies have long and very interesting histories, and for them a historical timeline is the perfect opportunity to engage in advertising-as-content. This is clearly...
Of All The Coats, In All The Scenes, In All The Films: Burberry Threatened Over Humphrey Bogart Publicity Rights

Kim Kardashian & Old Navy Settle Lawsuit Over Look-A-Like

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Almost exactly a year ago today, I had the displeasure of doing something I said I'd never do: discussing Kim Kardashian. At that time, this (snicker) celebrity, best known for being equal parts pin-cushion and friend-of-Paris-Hilton, sued Old Navy because a young lady named Melissa Molinaro happened to look a...
Kim Kardashian & Old Navy Settle Lawsuit Over Look-A-Like

Julia Child Foundation Wants An Injunction Against Facts

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As publicity rights become more in vogue these days, we're seeing stories of them being invoked in silly situations. We recently discussed Kim Kardashian suing Old Navy because someone looked like her. And, as if that weren't bizarre enough, this explosion in interest for publicity rights has led to the...
Julia Child Foundation Wants An Injunction Against Facts
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