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Hotfile Liable for Copyright Infringement

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Cyberlocker Hotfile has been found liable for copyright infringement, according to a statement released by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Ars Tecnica reports that the judgment of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida will be sealed for two weeks, but based on the MPAA’s statement, the Panama-based online file-sharing […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 12th, 2013 at 8:06 am

Flipboard and Flowboard in Trademark Dispute

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Treemo, maker of the Flowboard app, has asked a court to declare that it has not infringed on the trademark of Flipboard’s name or logo. Brent Brookler, founder and CEO of Treemo, maintains that Flipboard has “continued to threaten” his company since the release of the Flowboard app in April and would just like the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 31st, 2013 at 9:01 am

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Happy Birthday Song Copyright Questioned in Lawsuit

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We all know and love the “Happy Birthday to You” refrain, but did you know it’s still under copyright? Well, according to a Reuters article, a recent lawsuit filed in federal court would like to change that. Good Morning to You Productions Corp, the named plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit in federal court, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 1st, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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Firefox Browser Add-On to Combat Copyright Infringement

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Many people who have posted their photos online can empathize with photographer Jason Wilder, and now they have him to thank for being able to better combat copyright infringement. Wilder, tired of seeing his work lifted and used elsewhere without his consent, has created the Copyright Infringement Finder (CIF) add-on for Firefox. Working in concert […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 19th, 2013 at 10:03 am

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Copyright Battle Over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

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To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has sued her agent over the loss of her copyright. The agent named in the lawsuit is Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of Lee’s former agent, Eugene Winick, who took over some of Winick’s clients when he fell ill. Lee, 87, alleges that Pinkus “engaged in a scheme to […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 22nd, 2013 at 9:40 am

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Update: Setback for “Eat More Kale” Trademark

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In December 2011, here on the blog we talked about Bo Muller-Moore’s “Eat More Kale” t-shirts, which got the lawyers at Chick-fil-A squawking about a potential trademark infringement of the company’s slogan, “Eat Mor Chikin.” Bo Muller-Moore of Vermont thinks everyone should eat more kale, so he started EatMoreKale.com and printed up some t-shirts in […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 26th, 2013 at 11:26 am

“Birdman” May Soon Be Trademarked

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Chris “Birdman” Andersen of the NBA’s Miami Heat is seeking to trademark his nickname so that others cannot profit by using his name or likeness. Andersen is well-known for the spark he has provided to the Heat in this season’s playoffs, his mohawk and colorful tattoos, as well as for his charitable work. As Andersen’s […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 26th, 2013 at 11:23 am

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Two “Boston Strong” Trademark Applications Cause Controversy

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Two trademark applications for “Boston Strong” filed shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings are causing some online controversy. Huffington Post has reported that two separate applications were made to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to secure the exclusive rights to use the phrase on merchandise. Both were filed on April 17, two days after […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 26th, 2013 at 11:18 am

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Apple in Trademark Battle Over EarPods

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Randolph Divisions, maker of the HearPod digital hearing aid, has sued Apple over its EarPods, alleging trademark infringement — literally making a federal case out of it in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. All this fuss over something that you stick in your ear? Yes, according to Patently Apple, because […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 4th, 2013 at 9:39 am

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Duchess of Cambridge Trademarks Name for Clothing Line

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Across the pond, Kate Middleton has applied to trademark her title, the Duchess of Cambridge to be used on “a wide range of goods and services,” namely clothing — possibly including baby wear. The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her first child in July with Prince William, though the couple has been famously low-key about […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 3rd, 2013 at 2:06 pm