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

  • Foley Hoag LLP
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  • 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

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

If it's not copying, it's not copyright infringement: why the Seventh Circuit overturned an injunction against myVidster.Com

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 4 2012

This past week, myVidster.Com was hijacked by Dutch cyber-pirates, and the owners were really happy when it came back on line Friday

YouTube not required to remove “Innocence of Muslims” video in response to actress’s takedown notice

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 7 2012

Last week a California federal judge declined to enter a preliminary injunction sought by actress Cindy Lee Garcia, which would have required YouTube to remove the 14-minute anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims” that has sparked deadly protests around the globe in recent months

Oracle refuses significant damages reduction, still dazzled by potential billion-dollar verdict

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 9 2012

When last we looked in on the dispute between Oracle and SAP after SAP’s acquisition of TomorrowNow revealed some unfortunate baggage in the form of extensive copyright infringement, Oracle was flush with a $1.3 billion federal jury award, with SAP vowing to reduce the verdict by any means necessary

Court orders identity of BitTorrent users to be revealed in copyright case

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 3 2011

BitTorrent users now have even more reason to be concerned if they are targeted in “John Doe” lawsuits for copyright infringement

A "deal with the devil"? Ghost Rider creator asserts that contract did not give Marvel perpetual ownership of copyright in comic book character

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

As we have previously observed, superheroes often take starring roles in disputes relating to copyright protection for fictional characters. This

Millions of foreign works no longer in the public domain: the Supreme Court upholds 1994 Copyright Law

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 18 2012

As the old adage goes, ask a simple question and you’ll get a simple answer

You naughty, naughty men: is there an obscenity defense to copyright infringement?

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 8 2011

We previously posted about Massachusetts District Court Judge Young’s order allowing copyright infringement plaintiff Liberty Media to discover (and thereby potentially reveal to the public!) the identity of 38 “John Doe” downloaders of “Amateur College Men Down on the Farm,” a pornographic film

How useful is your Halloween costume? Knock-off costumes and the useful article doctrine

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 31 2011

So, I hear you are selling Halloween costumes, the designs for which you copied from another manufacturer