“Two of tech’s biggest behemoths are slugging it out in court,” reported Jon Swartz in an article in USA Today on May 11, 2016. After noting that billions of dollars of damages are at stake in this six-year software copyright case, Swartz quoted Dunlap Codding’s Jordan Sigale, an... read more
The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the law that provides a safe harbor to protect online service providers who meet certain conditions from copyright infringement liability resulting from acts by their users. To receive this protection service providers must comply with,... read more
Emily Campbell, Dunlap Codding's Trademark, Copyright & E-Commerce practice group leader, authored an article on the United States Copyright Office's current public study to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions contained in section 512 of title 17, United States... read more
Now in Chicago news….               Did you know? Dunlap Codding has had a Chicago office for over a year now.  So, let’s talk local Chicago IP news. Last week, "Piece," a pizza restaurant and bar in a popular... read more
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
According to a current lawsuit, that means – are we selling drugs and making money or are we partying and dancing?  In 2013, William L. Roberts, a rap artist that goes by the stage name “Rick Ross” sued the members of the electronic dance music group LMFAO, and others, for copyright... read more
What’s in a name? These days, a lot. The wake of the digital revolution requires business owners to adapt their marketing and branding efforts at an incredible and often overwhelming pace.  In response, a brigade of creative firms has arisen offering cutting edge branding and design services.... 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
On January 12, 2010, Daniel Morel, a photojournalist, captured the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster, the earthquake in Haiti. Morel then posted his photos to Twitter via TwitPic where another user, Lisandro Seuro, retweeted the images. That same day, Agence France Presse (AFP) scoured... read more