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Ninth Circuit Finds First Amendment Protects Against Right-of-Publicity Claim Involving Film “The Hurt Locker”

USA - January 26 2017 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has confirmed that right-of-publicity claims purporting to arise from expressive works, like films...

Kelli L. Sager, Brendan Charney.


The 2016 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Eliminating the Three-Day Rule for Electronic Service

USA - November 28 2016 On December 1, 2016, absent congressional action, new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will take effect, amending Rules 4, 6, and...

Diana Palacios.


Ninth Circuit Finds First Amendment Protects Against Right Of Publicity Claim Involving Film “The Hurt Locker”

USA - March 1 2016 The Ninth Circuit has confirmed that right of publicity claims purporting to arise from expressive works, like films, are content-based restrictions...

Kelli L. Sager, Brendan Charney.


Digital emotions: the evidentiary impact of emoticons and emojis

USA - January 20 2016 When computer science professor Scott Fahlman posted a sideways smiley face on an electronic message board at Carnegie Mellon University in 1982, he...

Jason Harrow.


Holy copyrightability Batman! The Batmobile is still a superhero

USA - January 3 2016 A recent Ninth Circuit decision has endorsed copyright protection for Batman’s four-wheeled sidekick, confirming that copyright protection can extend...