DuetsBlog Collaborations in Creativity & the Law

Tag Archives: copyright infringement

Did U2’s Bono And The Edge Copy Their Song The Fly From Another Artist?

Posted in Audio, Copyrights, Infringement, Law Suits

This is the question being presented in a lawsuit pending in the Southern District of New York against the iconic band U2 and a majority of its band mates.  Paul David Hewson (more well known as lead singer Bono), David Howell Evans (more well known as guitarist extraordinaire the Edge), drummer Laurence Joseph Mullen Jr.,… Continue Reading

Help! Someone Copied My Stuff!

Posted in Copyrights, Fair Use, Infringement

At some point in this digital age, almost every individual or business in the creative space will discover that somebody has copied them. You may see it yourself, or you may get the stomach-dropping “Doesn’t this look an awful lot like…..” e-mail from a friend. It might be that potential client who said your design… Continue Reading

Boldly Going Where no Fanfic has Gone Before

Posted in Mixed Bag of Nuts

Fanfiction refers to the art of creating fiction using another author’s characters or universe.  I was first introduced to the concept in high school, when a friend began writing Harry Potter fanfiction.  (Side note: this is not one of those situations where the “friend” is actually me.)  My friend used the same well-known characters—Harry, Hermione,… Continue Reading

A $10 Billion Idea, without a Patent, is just an Idea

Posted in Copyrights, Idea Protection, Infringement, Law Suits, Loss of Rights, Patents, Technology

Have you ever seen an ad for something and thought to yourself, “Hey, I had that idea years ago!” Some people take that thought a step further. One Florida man claims to have invented the iPhone in 1992, and is suing Apple to the tune of over $10 billion. Thomas Ross filed a patent application… Continue Reading

Beme, or BeHBO / BeShowtime / BePayPerView?

Posted in Advertising, Audio, Branding, Copyrights, Fair Use, Marketing, Social Media, Social Networking

It has been a tumultuous year for copyright owners. The old cliche is “if you love something, set it free,” but it seems plenty of third parties are happy to take on that task when it comes to copyrighted content. Now that mainstream smartphones allow anyone to capture high definition video, mobile apps in particular have been fertile ground… Continue Reading

The World Is Not Enough, We Want the Whole Genre

Posted in Copyrights, Fair Use, Idea Protection, Infringement, Law Suits, Television

The James Bond franchise is one of the most well-known and successful movie franchises in history. There are few characters who reappear in 23 full length movies, let alone have the 23rd movie reach the top of the box office charts. The James Bond franchise, however, has obtained a unique status among average viewers and… Continue Reading

Copyright Infringement Can Impact Your Brand

Posted in Copyrights, Guest Bloggers, Infringement, Mixed Bag of Nuts, Search Engines, Social Media, Social Networking, Technology

– Debbie Laskey, MBA Have you ever spent hours working on a document for work? That’s a silly question because most of us who recognize Microsoft software and SlideShare have spent countless hours working on executive briefs, lengthy project reports, presentation decks, and much, much more. Normally, we give our work product to our supervisors… Continue Reading

The New Big Brother: The Copyright Alert System

Posted in Copyrights, Guest Bloggers, Infringement, Technology

– Jake Sherlock, Law Student, William Mitchell College of Law Move over NSA, there’s a new Big Brother in town! As you are almost certainly not aware, the Copyright Alert System was implemented on February 25, 2013. The CAS is the result of an agreement between the Copyright Industry (particularly the MPAA and the RIAA)… Continue Reading

LogoThief to the Rescue

Posted in Articles, Branding, Copyrights, Dilution, Famous Marks, Infringement, Marketing, Sight, Trademarks

  There is a brand new exposer of potential intellectual property violations on the scene, meet LogoThief: “We exist to name and shame logo thieves and all others who plagiarise the work of logo designers.” Here is what prompted the start of the website just last week: “We started this website because we are sick of… Continue Reading

Update on Pinterest and Copyright Infringement: Still Pinning

Posted in Almost Advice, Copyrights, Fair Use, Infringement

–Catlan McCurdy, Attorney Earlier this spring, I discussed copyright liability for Pinterest users, anticipating that the debate would continue into the summer. But concerns over pinning copyrighted material has petered out faster than the public’s interest in Tom Cruise, and after attending a fantastic Social Media and Law panel discussion on Tuesday, I’m wondering if… Continue Reading

Just Rewards?

Posted in Copyrights, Guest Bloggers

—Joy Newborg, Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. What if a car thief stood before a judge and said, “Yes, I know I’ve stolen thousands of cars and broke the law, and I’m ready to make some reparations to the owners. But I think you should grant me permission to take all the cars I want in… Continue Reading

The Nine-Word Copyright Opinion: Costco v. Omega

Posted in Copyrights

— Karen Brennan, Attorney The Supreme Court heard the appeal of Costco v. Omega, a copyright decision from the Ninth Circuit regarding the application of the first-sale doctrine to a foreign manufacturer who did not manufacture the goods in the U.S. or sell the goods directly to Costco.  The outcome?  The Supreme Court’s entire decision (available for viewing… Continue Reading

Sorry, Plaintiff, You Might Not Recoup All of Your Damages

Posted in Copyrights

–Sharon Armstrong, Attorney Do these designs look identical to you?   They do to Urban Bratz. Urban Bratz, owner of a copyright registration for its design, filed suit in the Northern District of Illinois against Spencer Gifts claiming copyright and trademark infringement among other causes of action. You can read the complaint, filed August 24, here…. Continue Reading

Van Halen Sues Nike

Posted in Copyrights, Infringement

— Karen Brennan, Attorney Last month, Eddie Van Halen’s company, ELVH, Inc., filed a lawsuit against Nike for copyright infringement.  The complaint alleges the above-depicted model of Nike’s Dunk Low shoes infringe his copyright in the red, white and black striped Frankenstein guitar design.  The lawsuit is seeking not only profits from Nike’s sale of the shoes and… Continue Reading