Category Archives: Copyright Law

BREAKING: 9th Circuit rules that Naruto has no standing under US Copyright Act

Naruto 😍If you thought that the infamous Monkey Selfie case was over, well, you were … wrong!A few weeks ago IP enthusiasts were in fact 'thrilled' to learn that – despite the out-of-court settlement agreement concluded in 2017 – the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit would rule anyway on the case brought by PETA (as next friend) against now economically struggling wildlife photographer David Slater over copyright ownership of a series of selfies taken by Celebs crested macaque Naruto.Today, the Court has ruled that 'an animal ha[s] constitutional standing [Article III standing] but lack[s] statutory standing to claim copyright infringement of photographs known as the "Monkey Selfies."' More specifically, the panel confirmed that the "[US] Copyright Act does not expressly authorize animals to file copyright infringement suits."BackgroundBut what happened before today's ruling? Here's a quick….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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“A” Fabric Member is Limited to Single, Continuous Member

The Federal Circuit broke from the typical open-ended construction of “a” to mean “one or more,” and instead limited “a” to mean “one single, continuous member” in the nonprecedential opinion for Wonderland Nurserygoods, Co. v. Baby Trend, Inc. (Appeal Nos. 2017-1295 and 2017-1297; Decided April 19, 2018). A representative claim from the patent at issue (RE43,919) is as follows, with emphasis added: 1. A baby crib comprising: a bed frame structure including a plurality of upright tubes, each of which has a an inner tube wall, and an outer tube wall defining an outer contour shape of the upright tube, the inner tube wall defining a receiving hole, and the outer tube wall having an outwardly facing surface and a slit that extends along the length of said outer tube wall and that is in spatial communication with said receiving hole; a fabric member mounted on said bed frame structure to define a surrounding wall around….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Fordham 2018 Report 1: Building Out the House – Music Licensing

The AmeriKat has had her paws pretty full of late with trials, events, conferences and general life.  So this year, she was not able to report on the ever incredible sessions from the Fordham IP Conference in New York.  But knowing this, she roped in some wonderful law students and interns at Fordham University who stepped up to the plate.  So over to J.D candidate (Class of 2019), Jacob Tesch, for the first report from the conference on the Music Licensing session: "During Thursday afternoon’s session Music Licensing, Termination & Territoriality: Time for Recalibration?, moderator N. Cameron Russell (Center for Law & Information Policy, Fordham Law School) likened the legal developments in U.S. music licensing to building additions to a house. Instead of bulldozing years-old foundation, Congress has, over the years, passed several pieces of legislation to keep up with changes in the ways people both create and consume….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Interview with Maddie Drew, Creator of Crzy Lvrs

We sat down with our client Maddie Drew, a startup entrepreneur and creator of Crzy Lvrs, a community of creatives that work collectively to make a positive impact in society. Tell us a little about your background. Where are you from? I was born in Berlin and raised in New York. What  are you trying to […] The post Interview with Maddie Drew, Creator of Crzy Lvrs appeared first on Vincent LoTempio | Registered Patent Attorney, Trademark, and Copyright | 1-800-866-0039... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Book review: Droit d’auteur 4.0 / Copyright 4.0

On this sunny Friday afternoon, why not sip some lemonade and drink in a book review from Katfriend Sabine Jacques [lecturer in IP/IT/Media law at the University of East Anglia. Her research mainly focuses on copyright exceptions and creative industries]. Luckily, Sabine also happens to be multilingual, as two of the chapters of this book are written in French (indicated below), the others are in English. The latest edition of Droit d’auteur 4.0 / Copyright 4.0, edited by Jacques de Werra, includes contributions from Yaniv Benhamou, Jo Oliver/Elena Blobel, Jean-Michel Bruguière, Ysolde Gendreau, Wenwei Guan, Daniel Schönberger. Copyright 4.0 represents the tenth volume of the series ‘propriétéintellectuelle – intellectual property’. This time, the volume is devoted to the impact of the advent of technologies and digitalisation on copyright, and brings together contributions written in….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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