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Is Advertising Injury in the Bag?

Is advertising injury in the bag? In a recent decision the United States Second Circuit Court Of Appeals found that the sale of counterfeit branded goods was not covered as advertising injury. In United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. v. …

Federal Court Affirms Batmobile Copyright

The Batmobile, the indispensable crime fighting vehicle driven by comic book hero Batman, has enough distinct character traits to qualify for copyright protection, a U.S. appeals court has ruled. The 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a ruling …

Mayweather-Pacquiao Match Will Be a Game of Piracy Whack-a-Mole

With the biggest boxing match in years just days away, the fight to keep it off illegal streaming sites is well under way. HBO, Showtime, and the promoters for Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday …

Godzilla Franchise Keeps Copyright Attorney Busy

He spews radioactive fire, razes cities and pummels creatures from Earth and beyond, but even Godzilla needs a good lawyer sometimes. After all, you don’t survive 60 years in the movie business without taking some fights to court. For decades, …

Artist Suing Over Statue of Liberty Stamp Mix-Up

An embarrassing mistake involving a Statue of Liberty stamp is coming back to haunt the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp design released in 2011 was not based on the statue in New York Harbor, as intended, but on a replica …

Law Enforcement Agencies Seize 706 Domain Names Selling Counterfeit Goods

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with 10 foreign law enforcement agencies to seize hundreds of domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. The 706 domain names seized were set …

Justin Bieber, Usher Sued for Copyright Infringement

Two Virginia songwriters are suing Justin Bieber and Usher for $10 million for copyright infringement. Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton claim Bieber’s song “Somebody to Love” contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to the song they wrote in 2008 by …

Artist Richard Prince Didn’t Infringe Photo Copyrights

In a closely watched case in the art world, American artist Richard Prince won a federal appeals court order Thursday holding that he did not infringe the copyrights of a photographer by incorporating his images into 25 paintings and collages. …

Corporations Charged for Allegedly Importing Hazardous Toys From China

Five individuals and five corporations have been charged for allegedly importing hazardous and counterfeit toys from China for sale in the United States. These charges stem from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), …

News Outlets Improperly Used Photos Posted to Twitter According to Judge

A U.S. judge has found that two news organizations improperly used images that a photojournalist had posted to Twitter in one of the first big tests of intellectual property law involving social media. Agence France-Presse and The Washington Post infringed …