Smokey, Sherlock, and Games galore


Update on Smokey Robinson – declaratory judgment action

Smokey Robinson Complaint for Declaratory Relief
Claudette Robinson Counter Claim

 See Rodrigue v. Rodrigue, 218 F.3d 432 (5th Cir. 2000).  For a good summary of Rodrigue and Marriage of Worth, see Berry v. Berry, 127 Haw. 243 (2012) from Hawaii.

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Untitled designUpdate on Sherlock Holmes copyright


Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd.
Court: U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Docket: 14-1128 Opinion Date: June 16, 2014
Judge: Posner
Areas of Law: Copyright, Intellectual Property

Update on EU Right to be Forgotten

Second Circuit Rules that HathiTrust Digitizing Libraries is Fair Use


Blizzard sues Starcraft II Hackers for copyright infringement


Magic Trading Card Suit

Understanding the Wizards v. Hex Lawsuit (in plain English) | Quiet Speculation – Learn. Trade. Profit.

Complaint here, Wizards of the Coast v. Cryptozoic Entertainment et. al. | Scribd


Videogame Composer Blasts Musicians Union for Rule-Violation Charges Amid Contract Strife


Develop Online:


First Circuit Application v Registration with copyright office

(note: all other jurisdictions are ok with just filing)

Publicity Rights

A couple of episodes back, we reported that Actress Katherine Heigl is suing the Duanne Reade drugstore chain  over a tweeted photo with a caption suggesting that she endorses the brand…   and now we’ve seen a handful of other Right of Publicity cases cropping up, so we thought we’d just do a quick survey of these other cases


Sandra Bullock/Halle Berry Watches

Jennifer Love Hewitt


Beastie Boys Win 1.7 in Monster Energy Suit


Supreme Court and Senate Press Credentials


Artist trademarks ‘Pi’ symbol, starts issuing cease and desist letters

Thanks also to Listener Renee Albury who mentioned Sufi Symbol v. Robert Cavali Fashions

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