Smokey, Sherlock, and Games galore

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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

Opinion:  

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

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/googles-right-to-be-forgotten-response-is-disappointingly-clever/

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/google-inundated-with-right-to-be-forgotten-requests/

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/google-will-flag-search-results-erased-due-to-right-to-be-forgotten/

Second Circuit Rules that HathiTrust Digitizing Libraries is Fair Use

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/googles-university-book-scanning-project-wins-fair-use-protections/

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/second-circuit-issues-its-fair-use-rulin-73491/

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/second-circuit-hints-at-possible-google-69011/

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/second-circuit-finds-fair-use-doctrine-p-62476/

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/second-circuit-finds-that-once-again-b-37135/

 

Blizzard sues Starcraft II Hackers for copyright infringement

http://torrentfreak.com/blizzard-sues-starcraft-ii-hackers-copyright-infringement-140521/

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/blizzard-sues-unknown-creators-of-starcraft-iis-valiantchaos-maphack/

http://www.strebecklaw.com/legal-news-blizzard-files-lawsuit-against-starcraft-2-hackers/

 

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

Variety: http://variety.com/2014/biz/news/videogame-composer-blasts-musicians-union-for-rule-violation-charges-amid-contract-strife-1201216439/

Develop Online: http://www.develop-online.net/news/us-musicians-blocked-from-composing-new-game-music-scores-for-almost-two-years/0194016

 

First Circuit Application v Registration with copyright office

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/first-circuit-stays-on-the-fence-regardi-89671/

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

http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/12-1548P-01A.pdf

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

Pitbull/vodka

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6092136/pitbull-sues-alcohol-company-new-amsterdam-pit-bull-vodka-cocktail-voli

Sandra Bullock/Halle Berry Watches

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/sandra-bullock-settles-lawsuit-bullock-705852

Jennifer Love Hewitt

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jennifer-love-hewitt-sues-shark-709462

 

Beastie Boys Win 1.7 in Monster Energy Suit

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6113694/beastie-boys-win-17m-in-monster-energy-suit

 

Supreme Court and Senate Press Credentials
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/us/press-credentials-seem-to-hinge-on-the-governments-whims.html?_r=0

 

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

http://lockerdome.com/tre/6364041417343553/6678346755082004

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

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