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Copyright Infringement

Apr 07, 2023

Internet Archive’s Unauthorized Lending of Copyrighted eBooks is Not Fair Use

The Southern District of New York recently issued an opinion that held the Internet Archive, an organization whose professed mission is to provide universal access to all knowledge, infringed plaintiffs’ copyrights when it scanned print copies of books and offered free digital copies to users of its website without the copyright owners’ permission. » Read More

Aug 12, 2022

Avastars and Dolls and the Emerging Metaverse

Online gaming giant Roblox Corporation files suit against WowWee Group over its launch of physical dolls that imitate Roblox avatars and its collaboration with a Roblox developer, Gamefam, to create an experience for the platform called “My Avastars: RP”. The Roblox platform allows users to design avatars, which are digital manifestations of the users who visit the platform. » Read More

Jun 03, 2022

Protection for Voice Actors is Artificial in Today’s Artificial Intelligence World

As we all know, social media has taken the world by storm. Unsurprisingly, it’s had an impact on trademark and copyright law, as the related right of publicity. A recent case involving an actor’s voice being used on the popular app TikTok is emblematic of the time. » Read More

Aug 13, 2021

Commercial General Liability Coverage for Trademark and Copyright Claims

As a business owner, you regularly assess the risks associated with your business and how to limit exposure. Almost all business activities carry some risk of liability and the possibility of being named as a defendant in a lawsuit. One of the first questions asked when that situation arises is whether the company’s insurance policy will cover the claims asserted. » Read More

Aug 06, 2021

Capturing All the Dimensions: Intellectual Property Protection for 3-D Designs and 3-D Printing Methods

Three-dimensional (“3-D”) printing is an innovative way to make products without the expense of machinery in factories. At its core, 3-D printing uses computer code in a computer-aided design (CAD) file to instruct specially designed printers to print three-dimensional physical objects one layer at a time. » Read More

Jul 23, 2021

Careful of Who Owns Photographs of You

Singer/songwriter Dua Lipa is facing a copyright infringement complaint (Integral Images, Inc. v. Dua Lipa, 2:21-cv-05470, C.D. Ca), claiming she posted an image of herself on her own Instagram account. And Lipa isn’t alone – in the past five years, celebrities including Khloe Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Deshaun Watson, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, as well as others, have been accused of copyright infringement for posting photos of themselves on social media. » Read More