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Superheroes of copyright: when do fictional characters enjoy copyright protection?

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 8 2013

Several recent cases have highlighted the interesting issue of whether and when fictional characters - as distinct from the works they inhabit - are

Setting the record straight in the DCMA: UK blogger censored by questionable use of US copyright law

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • United Kingdom, USA
  • -
  • August 14 2013

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is sometimes criticized for creating more problems than it solves. Section 512 of the DMCA provides a

Revenge porn: "Is Anyone Up" on copyright law?

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 20 2011

Here’s something you probably don’t want fixed in a tangible medium of expression: revenge porn

Copyright law reform engages both courts and Congress

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 21 2013

Big changes may be afoot in copyright law these days, via both litigation and legislation. Courts are considering sweeping infringement claims with

Oh what a tangled web: does Julie Taymor have a valid copyright in Spider-Man?

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 24 2012

The backstage drama, from the classic 1950 film All About Eve to the new television hit Smash, is an oft employed narrative convention filled with juicy melodrama between show business colleagues set to the backdrop of a spectacular stage production

Pinterest's popularity soars, but (p)interesting copyright questions abound

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 5 2012

In a world where Facebook isn’t a social network but The Social Network, it’s difficult for a new social networking site to gain traction

Is it getting hot in here? Perfect10.com takes on chilling effects

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 24 2011

In what must be one of the nation's longest-lived Internet copyright wars, Perfect10, Inc. recently opened up a new front, asserting that online publication of its Digital Millenium Copyright Act takedown notices is a copyright violation

The year of downloading dangerously: federal court gives adult film copyright “trolls” the third degree

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 5 2012

About this time last year, we reported on a case which bore perhaps the least catchy name in the history of the Massachusetts Federal District Court: Liberty Media Holdings, LLC v. Swarm Sharing Hash File AE340D0560129AFEE8D78CE07F2394C7B5BC9C05,821 F.Supp.2d 444 (D. Mass. 2011

Admissions of “appropriation artist” not fatal to copyright fair

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 30 2013

The first prong of the fair use defense in copyright infringement cases, the "purpose and character of the use," is often described as an inquiry

The devil's in the details: dissecting the 350-page Georgia State University electronic reserve copyright ruling

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 23 2012

On May 11, 2012, we learned what it sounds like when all the college professors and university librarians in the country breathe a collective sigh of relief