Category Archives: Entertainment IP

The Yonays Take the First Sortie in Copyright Fight With Paramount Over Top Gun Maverick



The heirs of the author who wrote an article upon which “Top Gun” is based, claims the film’s sequel is an infringing derivative work. Paramount has since filed a motion to dismiss the case. Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss this on The Briefing by the IP Law Blog.

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Jack Nicklaus Companies Landed Hole-In-One With Court’s Recent Injunction



Graphic of the Briefing by the IP Law BlogIn this 100th episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo talk about a company founded by Jack Nicklaus that was awarded a preliminary injunction enjoining him from using his name, image, & likeness in commercial endorsement deals.

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The Sneakerhead Breakup of the Century – Yeezy and Adidas



Graphic of the Briefing by the IP Law BlogAdidas, which manufactures and sells the wildly popular “Yeezy” line of shoes in partnership with rapper Kanye West, recently terminated the relationship after anti-Semitic statements by the star. In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss the trademark and contract issues that Adidas is navigating with shoe designs and future related designs.

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Vogue Sues 21 Savage and Drake Over Imitation Vogue Cover Marketing Campaign



Graphic of the Briefing by the IP Law BlogVogue Magazine is suing 21 Savage and Drake after they created mock Vogue Magazines to market their new album. Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss the dispute on this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog.

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Cardi B Makes Money Moves with the Jury and Prevails in IP Trial



Graphic of the Briefing by the IP Law BlogCardi B was cleared of liability in an action alleging that she misappropriated a man’s likeness by using his unique back tattoo on the cover of her 2016 mixtape. Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss this in this installment of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog.

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NBA Star Luka Doncic Goes Hard in the Paint and Seeks to Cancel Mom’s Trademark (Part 2)



Graphic of the Briefing by the IP Law BlogIn this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law BlogScott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss developments in the trademark dispute between NBA star Luka Doncic and his mother.

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Defamation by Docudrama – Inventing Anna



In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law BlogScott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss a defamation dispute between Rachel Williams – a victim of con artist Anna Sorokin – and Netflix, over her portrayal in the docudrama “Inventing Anna.”

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Evel Knievel IP Lawsuit Against Disney Crashes and Burns



In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo provide an update on the IP dispute between the heirs of Evel Knievel and Disney, over claims of similarities between the late daredevil and the “Toy Story 4” character Duke Caboom.

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What Makes a Character Protectable Under Copyright



What Makes a Character Protectable Under CopyrightIn this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss a copyright dispute between Carroll Shelby Licensing and the widow of the late filmmaker H. B. Halicki regarding copyright protection granted to Eleanor, a car featured in the 1974 film “Gone in 60 Seconds.”


Top Gun Maverick – Right Into The Copyright Lawsuit Zone



In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law BlogScott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss a copyright dispute, in which the heirs of the author who inspired the movie “Top Gun” claim that the film’s sequel infringes on their copyright to the story.

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