2020 Intellectual Property Legal News Archives

February 2019

Judge Dismisses Case against Facebook, Google, and Twitter over Shooting

Saturday, 16 February, 2019

January 2019

Swahili Speakers Object to Disney’s Trademark of “Hakuna Matata”

Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Performers Sue over Fortnight Dance Moves

Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Copyright Law and the Ocasio-Cortez Dance Video

Saturday, 19 January, 2019

New Copyright Rule Is Good News for Filmmakers

Wednesday, 9 January, 2019

December 2018

Government Goes after Motorcycle Group Logo

Wednesday, 5 December, 2018

November 2018

Tinder and Bumble Spat about Who Owns the Swipe

Tuesday, 27 November, 2018

Judge Rejects GM’s Attempt to Dismiss Graffiti Case

Thursday, 8 November, 2018

Beyoncé Poised to Settle Trademark Dispute

Tuesday, 6 November, 2018

October 2018

Friday the 13th Writer Gets Rights Back from Producer

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Will Patenting Sea Worms Lead to Global Inequality?

Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

September 2018

Music Modernization Act Passes Senate

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

August 2018

Aretha Franklin Was Paid Nothing for "Respect" on the Radio

Wednesday, 29 August, 2018

Court Says Artists Cannot Get Royalties on Resales

Saturday, 25 August, 2018

March 2018

Former Student Sues over "Disaster Artist"

Saturday, 10 March, 2018

Can Red Soles be Trademarked? EU Court Say No

Thursday, 1 March, 2018

February 2018

Uber and Waymo Settle Trade Secret Dispute

Sunday, 18 February, 2018

Broadway Producers Sue over Casting "Cartel"

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018

US Companies Must Comply with European Data Privacy Laws

Monday, 5 February, 2018

January 2018

Is Your T-Shirt Protected by the First Amendment?

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018

Fox TV Wins "Empire" Trademark Dispute

Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Is Graffiti Protected by Federal Law?

Saturday, 6 January, 2018

December 2017

Ex-Boyfriend Claims Novelist Stole His Work

Saturday, 16 December, 2017

October 2017

Supreme Court to Decide on Turning Over Data Stored Abroad

Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Earnhardt Dispute Goes Back to the Trademark Office

Monday, 16 October, 2017

September 2017

Court Rules That Bawdy "Grinch" Play Is Fair Use

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017

"Pepe" Creator Blocks Children's Book

Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Celebrities Do Not Have to Pay for Tweeted Movie Ideas

Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Quincy Jones Awarded $9.42 Million in Michael Jackson Case

Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Tupac Movie Hit with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Wednesday, 13 September, 2017

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Dismiss Purge "Idea Theft" Case

Sunday, 3 September, 2017

August 2017

Could You Go to Jail for "Borrowing" an HBO Password?

Sunday, 27 August, 2017

Court Rules that Google Is Not a Victim of "Genericide"

Saturday, 26 August, 2017

The Bull, the Girl, and the Peeing Pug: Copyright Law and Sculpture

Wednesday, 16 August, 2017

Urban Outfitters Found Liable for Copyright Infringement

Saturday, 12 August, 2017

July 2017

Court Says Open Source Licenses Can Be Enforced

Thursday, 27 July, 2017

First Amendment Trumps Publicity in Hurt Locker Case

Saturday, 1 July, 2017

June 2017

"Spinal Tap" Lawsuit Shines a Light on "Hollywood Accounting"

Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Google Accuses Uber of Stealing Self-Driving Technology

Thursday, 22 June, 2017

UC Berkeley Loses One, Wins One in Gene-Editing Patent Fight

Wednesday, 21 June, 2017

Sons Fight over Audrey Hepburn's Gowns and Image

Tuesday, 6 June, 2017

May 2017

Kardashians Can't Compel Arbitration in Cosmetics Case

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

Paul McCartney Goes to Court to Reclaim Beatles Copyrights

Sunday, 28 May, 2017

The Slants: Fighting for the Right to Offend

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017

Jury Awards $500 Million Verdict Against Company Owned by Facebook

Thursday, 11 May, 2017

Louis Vuitton Loses Cases over Parody Tote Bags

Tuesday, 2 May, 2017

April 2017

Court Rules that Online Streaming Services Do Not Qualify for Cheap Cable License Rights

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Movie Posters, and Public Domain

Saturday, 22 April, 2017

Wednesday, 5 April, 2017

March 2017

Sanctions Imposed for Copyright Infringement Lawsuits Against Movie and Music Downloaders

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Supreme Court Rules for Samsung in Apple Patent Case

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Can You "Own" the Color White? The Trademark Board Says "Yes"

Sunday, 19 March, 2017

Startup Olaplex Alleges L'Oréal Knocked Off Its Products

Thursday, 9 March, 2017

Copyright, Fair Use, and Who's On First - Part II

Monday, 6 March, 2017

February 2017

Ninth Circuit Says Sims Flash Drive Design May Be Eligible for Copyright

Monday, 27 February, 2017

Will Intellectual Property Law Change Under a Trump Administration?

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017

January 2017

Golden Girls Puppet Parody Leads To Lawsuit

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

November 2016

Songwriters Sue Justice Department over New Royalty Rules

Tuesday, 22 November, 2016

Judge Dismisses Claim that Beyonce's Lemonade Infringed Copyright

Saturday, 12 November, 2016

Judge Dismisses Post-it Note Inventor Lawsuit

Saturday, 5 November, 2016

When is an Internet Service Provider Responsible for Bit Torrent Piracy?

Tuesday, 1 November, 2016

October 2016

Game Company Beats Copyright Rap over NBA Player Tattoos

Tuesday, 18 October, 2016

How to Make Money from Dead Celebrities

Tuesday, 4 October, 2016

September 2016

Why Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney Want New Copyright Laws

Tuesday, 20 September, 2016

August 2016

Empire State Building Beats Beer Company in Trademark Dispute

Wednesday, 17 August, 2016

When Is it Fair to Use Someone Else's Trademark?

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016

July 2016

Experts Testify in Stairway to Heaven Lawsuit, Led Zeppelin Wins

Wednesday, 6 July, 2016

June 2016

Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Star Trek Fan Film Continues Despite Words from JJ Abrams

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016

Haircut Inventors get Trimmed in Court

Thursday, 16 June, 2016

Google Beats Oracle in $9.3 Billion Copyright Case

Saturday, 11 June, 2016

Apple's Start Up Chime and MGM's Lion's Roar: Can You Trademark a Sound?

Thursday, 9 June, 2016

Soft Porn Heiress' Troubled Business

Thursday, 2 June, 2016

May 2016

Can a Language Be Protected by Copyright? What about Star Trek's Klingon? Paramount Believes So.

Friday, 27 May, 2016

Stairway to Heaven? Nope, to the Courthouse

Tuesday, 24 May, 2016

Live Long Enough, Get Your Copyright Back: Paul McCartney's Story

Saturday, 7 May, 2016

The University of Kentucky Wants to Trademark the Word 'Kentucky'

Thursday, 5 May, 2016

April 2016

Trademark Lawsuit is a House of Cards

Saturday, 23 April, 2016

This Kitty is Roaring about Copyrights

Thursday, 21 April, 2016

Have you heard of Donald Drumpf?

Tuesday, 5 April, 2016

March 2016

Who Owns the Content Posted on Social Media?

Saturday, 26 March, 2016

The Hurt Locker Movie Lawsuit: Right of Publicity and the First Amendment

Sunday, 6 March, 2016

February 2016

DC Comics and Trademark Parody

Sunday, 28 February, 2016

The $200,000 Oscar Swag Bag

Saturday, 27 February, 2016

Abstract Idea or Invention?

Tuesday, 23 February, 2016

Understanding Copyrights: Fair Use and “Who's on First”

Sunday, 14 February, 2016

Star Wars Strikes Back

Tuesday, 9 February, 2016

Why You Need to Be Careful with Free Pictures

Tuesday, 2 February, 2016

January 2016

Judge Dismisses Case over Alleged Copying of Warcraft Characters

Thursday, 28 January, 2016

Anne Frank Foundation Extends Copyright on Diary

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

Artist Sues Restaurant for Ripping Off His Tattoo (Ouch!)

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

Can I Use That Nasty Trademark?

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

December 2015

Director of US Patent Office Calls for More Women Inventors

Monday, 7 December, 2015

The Case of the Dueling Dumplings: A Trade Secret Dispute

Friday, 4 December, 2015

November 2015

Game Mods and Car Hacks Now Legal Under Copyright Law

Wednesday, 18 November, 2015

Are 3D-Printed Human Organs Patentable?

Wednesday, 11 November, 2015

October 2015

Court Says Yoga Poses Aren't Protected by Copyright Law

Wednesday, 14 October, 2015

Holy Copyright Law, Batman! The Batmobile is a Protected Character

Monday, 12 October, 2015

Fox News Anchor Doesn't Want to Share Her Name with a Hamster

Friday, 9 October, 2015

Judge Slams LMFAO, Says Lyrics Not Fresh

Friday, 2 October, 2015

Should It Be Legal to Sell Used Print Cartridges?

Thursday, 1 October, 2015

Judge Orders $10 Million Set Aside in Fifty Shades Litigation

Thursday, 1 October, 2015

September 2015

How Brands Like Google Try to Avoid Trademark Genericide

Wednesday, 23 September, 2015

How Could Fixing a Tractor Violate Copyright Law?

Friday, 11 September, 2015

August 2015

Graffiti Artist Claims Katy Perry's Dress Infringes His Copyright

Monday, 31 August, 2015

Judge Says EOS Lip Balm Case Should Go to Jury

Friday, 21 August, 2015

Facebook and the Ronda Rousey Copyright Fight

Thursday, 20 August, 2015

Can You Patent a Pot Plant?

Monday, 10 August, 2015

The Smoking Gun in the Happy Birthday War?

Wednesday, 5 August, 2015

July 2015

Sound Engineer Must Pay Jay-Z $195K after Failed Copyright Case

Monday, 27 July, 2015

Can You Be Sued by Graffiti Artists for Painting Over Their Work?

Tuesday, 7 July, 2015

June 2015

What Do the Washington Redskins Have in Common with an Asian-American Rock Band?

Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Court Throws Out Patent for Prenatal DNA Testing

Monday, 22 June, 2015

Writer Claims Hollywood Talent Agency Stole Idea for The Purge

Friday, 19 June, 2015

Can Other People Sell Your Instagram Photos?

Tuesday, 16 June, 2015

Miramax Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Sherlock Holmes Movie

Monday, 8 June, 2015

Learning About Intellectual Property Law from HBOs Silicon Valley

Thursday, 4 June, 2015

Federal Circuit Says Apple Can't Protect Look of iPhone

Tuesday, 2 June, 2015

May 2015

Online Music - From Piracy to Profit

Thursday, 14 May, 2015

April 2015

Seth MacFarlane Prevails in Copyright Infringement Suit over Ted Movie

Friday, 3 April, 2015

March 2015

Judge Rules Fox News' Use of Flag Photo Was Not Fair Use

Sunday, 29 March, 2015

Dentist Misused Copyright Law to Block Bad Yelp Reviews

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015

Blurred Lines Between Homage and Plagiarism in Copyright Case

Monday, 16 March, 2015

Can Taylor Swift Really Trademark Her Song Lyrics?

Monday, 9 March, 2015

Court Dismisses $3 Billion Claim by Heirs of Aunt Jemima

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015

February 2015

Is Your Business Using Pirated Software?

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

Using Copyright Law to Fight Revenge Porn

Thursday, 12 February, 2015

Judge Rejects Joke Defense in Don Henley Trademark Case

Thursday, 5 February, 2015

January 2015

Dallas Buyer's Club Pirates Sued

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Music Companies Try to Stop Piracy by Suing Service Providers

Monday, 12 January, 2015

December 2014

"Call of Duty's" Trademark Use Protected by First Amendment

Tuesday, 2 December, 2014

November 2014

Stealing a Stairway to Heaven?

Thursday, 20 November, 2014

"World Trade Center" Trademark Denial Appealed

Thursday, 6 November, 2014

October 2014

Who Owns "How"? Yogurt, Virtue, and Trademarks

Thursday, 16 October, 2014

Steal a Movie, Go to Jail?

Tuesday, 14 October, 2014

Is Your Garbage Confidential?

Tuesday, 7 October, 2014

September 2014

Appeals Court Upholds Copyright Ruling for Tim McGraw

Monday, 22 September, 2014

July 2014

Supreme Court Decision Deals Killing Blow to Aereo

Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

June 2014

Beastie Boys Prevail in $1.7 Million Lawsuit Against Monster Energy Drink

Thursday, 19 June, 2014

Nintendo Heads Into E3 With a Major Patent Fight In the Wings

Saturday, 14 June, 2014

'Grand Theft Auto V' Developers Hit With Lawsuit By 'Mob Wives' Star

Wednesday, 11 June, 2014

December 2012

Singer Alicia Keys Sued for Copyright Infringement

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012

November 2012

Latest Facebook Copyright Scare - True or False?

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012

Oatmeal Studios Sues The Oatmeal Webcomic Over Name

Friday, 23 November, 2012

Judge Throws Out Apple Patent Lawsuit Against Google

Thursday, 8 November, 2012

Eminem Settles Download Sales Landmark Lawsuit with Universal

Saturday, 3 November, 2012

October 2012

PTO Rejects Jay-Z's and Beyonce's Trademark Bid for Blue Ivy

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012

Stan Lee Media Sues Disney for Billions Over Comic Book Rights

Thursday, 11 October, 2012

September 2012

Innocence of Muslims Actress Adds Copyright Infringement to Legal Claims

Thursday, 27 September, 2012

TiVo Patent Lawsuit against Verizon Ends in $250.4 Million Settlement

Wednesday, 26 September, 2012

The Sims Maker Electronic Arts Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement; Zynga Countersues

Monday, 17 September, 2012

Apple Patents Technology That Can Restrict Wireless Recording

Tuesday, 11 September, 2012

August 2012

Hershey's Novel Design Protected Under Trademark Law

Thursday, 30 August, 2012

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Supreme Court to Rule on Vulgar Trademarks

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