Category Archives: Copyright Law

San Diego Gulls’ Wings Clipped in Dispute Over Logo Copyright



The Briefing Title image, with words reading 'San Diego Gulls' Wings Clipped in Dispute Over Logo Copyright'In this week’s episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss an intellectual property dispute between the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club and ECHL, Inc.

Watch the full episode on the Weintraub YouTube channel, here.


Dealmaking Pitfalls in NCAA’s New NIL Policy



Dealmaking Pitfalls in NCAA's New NIL PolicyIn this week’s episode of The Briefing by the IP Law BlogScott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss the NCAA’s recent policy change which allows college athletes to monetize their NIL, as well as potential downsides to the new policy.

Watch the full episode on the Weintraub YouTube channel, here.


Tattoos, Videogames, and Lawsuits: Who Owns the Copyright on Athletic Ink?



Cover Image reading, The Briefing, Tattoos in The NBAIn this week’s episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss lawsuits over identifiable tattoos on professional athletes featured in video games, and who owns the copyright to body art.

Watch the video version of this episode on the Weintraub YouTube Channel here.

Cases discussed:

Solid Oak Sketches, LLC v. 2K Games, Inc.

Alexander v. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling Kindersley, Ltd.

Darabont v. AMC Network Entm’t, LLC


Dr. Seuss Sets Photon Torpedoes on Star Trek Mashup in 9th Circuit Appeal (Part One, Copyright)



Graphic title of episode Dr. Seuss sets photon torpedoes on Star Trek MashupIn this week’s episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss the Ninth Circuit Ruling on the copyright aspects of Dr. Seuss “Mashups.”

Watch the video of this episode on the Weintraub Tobin YouTube channel here.

 

Cases discussed:

Dr. Seuss Enterprises v. Penguin Books USA

Dr. Seuss Enterprises v. Comic Mix LLC


Don’t Film So Close to Me: Can Copyrighted Music Keep Vids of Police Encounters Off The Internet?



In this week’s episode of the Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss recent news stories reporting that police officers played copyrighted music during filmed encounters, ostensibly to keep the videos from being uploaded to the Internet. Scott and Josh discuss how copyright law, the DMCA, and fair use apply to this tactic.

Watch the video of this episode on the Weintraub Tobin YouTube channel, here.

Scott’s article on this topic on the IP Law Blog can be read here.

Case discussed: Lenz v. Universal Music Group


Space Erotica Flick Not Infringed by Black Mirror



Graphic Title: Space Erotica Flick Not Infringed by Black MirrorThis week on the Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss the copyright lawsuit over a Black Mirror episode starring Miley Cyrus, the plot of which filmmaker Geoffrey Blair Hajim said was lifted from his film “Strange Frame: Love and Sax.”

Watch the episode on the “The Briefing from the IP Law Blog” YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/X1A3lKS7a8s


Andy Warhol’s Prince Prints: Not Fair Use!? (Part Two)



Opening graphic of The Briefing Video with title of episode: Andy Warhol's Prince Prints Not Fair Use!? Part Two In this week’s episode, attorneys Josh Escovedo and Scott Hervey discuss an update to the litigation over Andy Warhol’s series of portraits of the artist Prince (Andy Warhol Foundation v Goldsmith). They provide a recap of last week’s episode, which covers the Second Circuit decision in favor of Goldsmith, the photographer whose image Warhol used to create the Prince Portraits, and the holding that Warhol’s renditions were not transformative enough to be fair use. That decision overturned a lower court decision in favor of the Warhol Foundation.

This week, Scott and Josh discuss the possible impact of the Supreme Court fair use decision in Google LLC v Oracle America, Inc., including the Andy Warhol Foundation’s petition to the Second Circuit for review of the Goldsmith decision.

A video version of this episode can be found on “The Briefing from the IP Law BlogYouTube channel, here.


Andy Warhol’s Prince Prints: Not Fair Use!? (Part One)



Title Graphic from The Briefing from the IP Law Blog, featuring the episode title.In this week’s episode, attorneys Josh Escovedo and Scott Hervey discuss the litigation over Andy Warhol’s series of portraits of the artist Prince (Andy Warhol Foundation v Goldsmith). Their discussion covers the Second Circuit decision in favor of Goldsmith, the photographer whose image Warhol used to create the Prince Portraits, and the holding that Warhol’s renditions were not transformative enough to be fair use. The decision overturned a lower court decision in favor of the Warhol Foundation.

Production Note: This episode includes a discussion of the high-profile litigation between the artist Shepard Fairey and the Associated Press over Fairey’s iconic “Hope” poster of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. Throughout the episode, Scott and Josh mispronounce Fairey’s last name as “Farley.”  They offer apologies to listeners and to the artist.

A video version of this episode can be found on “The Briefing from the IP Law BlogYouTube channel, here.


What’s In a Name: Clearing Titles for Film and Television



Title Frame - The Briefing from the IP Law Blog. What's In a Name: Clearances for Film and TelevisionIn this week’s episode, attorneys Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss the process of clearing titles for Film and Television shows. They discuss recent high-stakes litigation around entertainment titles, including Stouffer v. National Geographic Partners LLC, Jon Astor-White v. Daniel Strong (Empire), and the “Honey Badger” case.

View the video on YouTube here:https://youtu.be/3w8Bcjb6__A

Here’s a link to a previous episode of The Briefing discussing the Empire litigation: https://www.theiplawblog.com/2020/10/articles/copyright-law/empire-copyright-litigation/

Here’s an article Scott wrote on how the Empire litigation extended permitted use of third-party trademarks: https://www.theiplawblog.com/2017/12/articles/trademark-law/ruling-in-lawsuit-over-foxs-use-of-empire-extends-permitted-use-of-third-party-trademarks/

Here is a link to an article on the IP Law Blog about the “Honey Badger” case: https://www.theiplawblog.com/2018/08/articles/ip/honey-badger-dont-care-the-rogers-test-and-trademark-infringement/


“Inspired By” Characters – Defamation Lawsuit As a Spinoff Part II



In this second of a two-part series of The Briefing, Weintraub Tobin attorneys Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss defamation lawsuits in movies and TV that deal with “Inspired By” characters.

You can listen to part one of this series here.

You can read Scott Hervey’s blog post about this topic on the IP Law Blog.