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Duchess’ Family Website Investigated for Possible Olympics Advertising Violations

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Business Insider, via Jacquelin Magnay of The Daily Telegraph, is reporting that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) is having a closer look at a website owned by the Duchess of Cambridge’s family to determine whether it violates branding and advertising regulations regarding the 2012 London Olympics. The London Olympic Games and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 23rd, 2012 at 4:43 pm

NBA Owner Sues Blogger Over “Unflattering” Photo

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Miami Heat minority owner Raanan Katz didn’t like a photo of him that has been published, so he’s suing the blogger that put it online as well as Google alleging copyright infringement. The complaint maintains that Katz first pursued a remedy via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (twice), requesting that Google remove the “unflattering” […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 27th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

The Ongoing Legal Kerfuffle at The Oatmeal

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Have you been following what’s been happening with Matt Inman’s comedy website The Oatmeal? Settle in, because this is quite a ride. Last year, Inman posted (note that content on The Oatmeal contains strong language) “What Should I Do About Funnyjunk?” asking his readers for advice concerning the practices of one Funnyjunk, a content aggregator; […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 20th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Intellectual Property Rights & the Picasso that Didn’t Sink with the Titanic

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Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” wasn’t on the Titanic when it sunk in 1912, but director James Cameron wanted it to go down with the ship for his 1997 film, so he eventually paid for the right to use its image. But then came the 3-D version of the film, released earlier this year, and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 9th, 2012 at 5:32 am

Hitler’s Mein Kampf Set to be Republished by Bavarian Government

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Adolf Hitler’s 1925 Nazi manifesto Mein Kampf is set to be republished by the German state of Bavaria, which owns the copyright, due to expire in 2015. Over the years, Bavaria has repeatedly blocked the work from being republished based on its ownership of the copyright of the German dictator’s manifesto; but now, with the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 7th, 2012 at 5:48 am

Ray Charles Foundation Sues Singers’ Children Over Copyright Claims

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According to the Ray Charles Foundation, the late singer’s children became beneficiaries of a $500,000 trust when their father died, and they, in return, agreed not to bring future claims against their father’s estate. Seven of Charles’s children are now trying to  reclaim copyrights on some of Charles’s songs, and are being sued for it. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 23rd, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Pinterest Clarifies Terms to Remove Right to Sell Uploaded Images

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Over last weekend, Pinterest quietly updated its terms of service to make clear that the social media phenomenon is not interested in selling member content. The email to current users and accompanying blog post explained unequivocally: Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 28th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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Righthaven Forced to Sell Copyrights to Satisfy Debts

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In a twist of legal fate, a federal judge has ordered Righthaven, a company that made a business out of suing online outlets on alleged copyright violations, to sell off its intellectual property to pay off its debts. In 2010, Righthaven began entering partnerships with newspapers, securing the right to sue on their behalf websites […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 22nd, 2012 at 2:06 pm

ISPs Move Forward on Policing Copyright Infringers

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CNET is reporting that Internet service providers (ISPs) are moving forward with a plan to police online copyright infringement. Although Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and others had announced the intention to band together to fight piracy a year ago, there had been no further mention of an actual policy until recently — and it […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 21st, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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Artist Pleads Guilty to Contempt Charge Over Obama ‘Hope’ Image

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Last January, we discussed the agreement reached by the Associated Press and artist Shepard Fairey over the President Barack Obama “Hope” image, but the copyright case is back in the news again — this time because the artist has plead guilty to a federal charge of criminal contempt over the destruction and concealing of evidence. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 28th, 2012 at 9:48 am