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

  • Foley Hoag LLP
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  • USA
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  • 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

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

  • Foley Hoag LLP
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  • 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

Rest in peace, Perfect10 v. Google: epic copyright struggle finally dismissed

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 8 2012

The firmament of copyright blog topics just got a little dimmer, and a lot better clothed

“Be fruitful and multiply . . . But not in those words”: how much good faith is required when giving birth to a DMCA takedown notice?

  • Foley Hoag LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • June 18 2013

Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides copyright owners with the ability to demand that Internet Service Providers

Lady Gaga: she's no (copyright) monster

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 17 2013

The federal district court in New Jersey has dismissed Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga, from a copyright lawsuit filed by composer and record

Dissecting Mr. Rockefeller: First Circuit rejects copyright infringement claim based on unoriginal elements of news photograph

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 17 2013

Clark Rockefeller, aka Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, lived a double life until his conviction for child abduction in 2009. He was subsequently

The DMCA: less protection than meets the eye against circumvention of technological measures to prevent access to software

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 16 2010

The anti-circumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 1201, continues to challenge courts in the context of computer software

Autodesk owns your software

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 23 2010

Autodesk owns your software if you (think you) own a copy of AutoCAD, that is

Parallel imports: trademarks, copyrights, and the Supreme Court

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 11 2010

The stage has been set for an issue important to brand-owners and importers alike, the importation of parallel imports or "gray market" goods, to be addressed by the Supreme Court early in the high court's October 2010 Term

Is your investment structurally sound? $1.3 billion copyright verdict illustrates the importance of due diligence

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 2 2010

Last week, a $1.3 billion verdict was handed down against SAP AG, the German software giant, after a lengthy litigation stemming from the acquisition of a company engaged in questionable -- and ultimately infringing -- business practices