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|What Every Business Needs to Know About Using Music For Business Purposes|
Cory M. Amron, Tanya M. Curcio, Jason C. Elvers, Jonathan D. Iten; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP;
December 6, 2013, previously published on December 3, 2013Most businesses use music in some capacity to create the right ambiance, draw a crowd or even to pacify holding telephone customers. The right music can influence purchasing decisions, how fast patrons at a restaurant eat and how satisfied customers feel in their dealings with your business. For...
|Whose Tat? Body Art, Copyright and Sports|
Proskauer Rose LLP;
November 29, 2013, previously published on November 2013Sports and Hollywood have long been inextricably linked - many athletes want to be and even become actors, countless actors have lived out their athletic fantasies on the silver screen, and it is no secret that athletes and actresses are often quite publicly attracted to each other. Recently,...
|Why License Video Games?|
IP Law Click PC;
November 26, 2013Licensing is when a copyright owner gives permission for someone else to do something normally restricted by copyright law. Copyright protects artistic and literary expression. It covers a broad variety of creative expression from email, to websites, to video games. Generally speaking, the...
|Videogame Piracy - A Present and Increasing Problem|
Paolo Cerroni, Akash Sachdeva; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
November 15, 2013, previously published on November 8, 2013TIGA, the trade association representing the UK videogame industry, has announced the findings of its 2013 piracy survey.
|TTAB Refuses to Register “The Slants,” Finding it to be “Disparaging”|
Susan Neuberger Weller; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 31, 2013, previously published on October 25, 2013Racial and ethnic disparagement is a hot topic at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board these days. While a decision is still pending in the latest cancellation action involving the long disputed WASHINGTON REDSKINS professional football team marks, the Board in In re Simon Shiao Tam, recently...
|When Coaches Can't Compete -- Non-Competes in Sports|
Gregory D. Hanscom; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
October 1, 2013, previously published on September 30, 2013In the lucrative world of big time college football, universities continually try to gain an edge over the competition by, among other things, luring top notch coaches with generous multi-million dollar contracts. One such instance of this occurred in late 2012, when the University of Arkansas...
|ITC Finds No Violation Of Section 337 In Certain Video Game Systems (337-TA-770)|
Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
September 17, 2013, previously published on September 13, 2013On September 12, 2013, the International Trade Commission (the “ITC” or the “Commission”) issued a notice in Certain Video Game Systems and Wireless Controllers and Components Thereof (337-TA-770). In the notice, the Commission determined to affirm, with modifications the...
|Mad Men Settles Right Of Publicity Case With 79-Year-Old Model|
Barry M. Benjamin, Jeremy A. Schachter; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP;
August 15, 2013, previously published on August 13, 2013Lionsgate, the producer of the television show “Mad Men,” recently settled a right of publicity lawsuit brought by 79-year-old former model Gita May Hall for using her image without her consent in the opening credits of the show. The opening credits feature an animation of a businessman...
|Bo Knows...Copyright Infringement?|
Proskauer Rose LLP;
August 9, 2013, previously published on Summer 2013The iconic photograph of dual-sport phenom Vincent "Bo" Jackson has been draped over everything from magazine covers to t-shirts, immortalizing the man ESPN considers to be the greatest athlete of all time. The image was central to Nike's infamous "Bo Knows" campaign and helped...
|"Raging Bull" Heir Seeks to Avoid Third and Final Knockdown in Rights Dispute|
Proskauer Rose LLP;
August 9, 2013, previously published on Summer 2013How long would it take you to fight back if you thought someone was stealing your money? A day? A week? How about 18 years? That's how long it took Paula Petrella, daughter of Frank Petrella and heir to the rights of Raging Bull, to throw her first legal punch.