Can a monkey acquire intellectual property rights in a selfie? On Wednesday, a federal judge answered this question in the negative, ruling that there is no indication that the protection of the United States Copyright Act extends to animals. The judge went on to state, “This is an issue for... read more
On December 17, 2015, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division) found cable and Internet provider Cox Communications, Inc., (“Cox”) liable for contributory infringement as a result of Cox’s subscribers illegally downloading and sharing music files... read more
“Be the change you want to see in the world,” says the Dalai Lama.  Well, as far a copyright law goes, here is our chance.The U.S. Copyright Office has released a public draft of its Strategic Plan to modernize its services and policies. The plan is holistic in nature, updating everything from... read more
With the rise of social media, we are constantly reminded of how quickly users can access, create, and pass along content. Outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, and Periscope provide readily accessible platforms for users to upload, send out, and view photographs, videos, and links to... read more
The cease and desist letter - the infamous “legal nastygram,™” is the stuff of nightmares for business owners large and small. They rock confidence, paralyze business owners who aren’t sure what to do next, and are an all around “pain in the patoosh” (technically and legally speaking, of course).So... read more
Originally introduced in the Batman comic books in 1941, the Batmobile is a high-tech vehicle that Batman employs in his clandestine crime-fighting exploits. Although the Batmobile has changed in appearance over the years, key characteristics have remained constant, including “bat-like external... read more
If you’re a multi-disciplinary intellectual property attorney like me, you’re required to keep abreast of multiple administrative manuals. For example, the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure is a one-stop resource for administrative rules pertaining to filing trademark applications, and the... read more
     Dunlap Codding senior associate Emily Campbell has prepared an informative presentation on copyright law for educators, including a discussion of “fair use” in the classroom and a report on copyright litigation in the field of education.   read more
As most are aware, Megaupload recently came under fire from the government for violating copyright laws due to its practice of encouraging the public to upload and view enormous amounts of pirated movies.  As Jeremy Pelofsky reports, is accused of “engaging in a scheme that took... read more
Sharing X-Men Origins:  Wolverine on almost a month prior to its May 2009 release date resulted in a one-year prison sentence for a New York man.  According to Gilberto Sanchez's guilty plea, he purchased an unfinished copy of the movie on a Bronx street corner and... read more
The “Taco Tuesday” battle exploded on Twitter, blogs, NewsOK, Fox 25 News, and even Facebook.  Taco John’s owns U.S. Trademark Registration No. 1,572,589 for the mark TACO TUESDAY (seen below).  It appears that Taco John’s attorneys sent the Oklahoma City based Iguana Mexican Grill a... read more
Considering how complex intellectual property law can be, it is understandable that many people – including authors, journalists, biz and tech bloggers, tweeple, etc. – confuse the terms and oftentimes speak/write of “patenting a book” or “copywriting a new gadget”.  I also receive a large number... read more
Check out this statement from an article that I read today:    Now, as if you needed more proof that we live in a time in which stuffy lawyers don't dig the digital age, take a look at this: It looks like toy-makers Hasbro and Mattel have sent their legal goons to Facebook and... read more
Canadian author, Rebecca Eckler, is claiming one of the best romantic comedies of the summer (one movie that I have actually had a chance to see) was stolen from her book of the same name, “Knocked-up.”  It looks like she is in for an uphill battle since her main contentions... read more
Disney characters say it best in this humorous and informative recitation of copyright principles that includes an overall demonstration of fair use.  The beginning is a little jumpy so if you only have a couple of minutes to view it, I suggest skipping to around the five minute mark.... read more