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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

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

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

Harry Potter and the allegedly purloined font

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 15 2011

Just in time for the release of the final installment in the Harry Potter film franchise, a related branch of the Harry Potter empire finds itself involved in a curious copyright dispute

Court finds no digital re-sale right for iTunes music

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

One reason to buy physical books and music CDs rather than Kindle books and iTunes files is that when you own a physical copy of the book or music CD

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

Fruit of the poisonous font: owner seeks destruction of materials created with copyrighted font software

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 13 2012

A small law firm in Brooklyn appears to be developing a cottage industry in helping digital font foundries enforce copyrights in the software programs that create their typefaces

Copyright fair use defense not available to aggregator of AP news clips

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 4 2013

A U.S. federal court has held that the publication by a media monitoring service of excerpts from Associated Press news articles is copyright

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

Georgia State University copyright update: publishers appeal to 11th Circuit

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 28 2013

Approximately a year ago, Judge Orinda Evans of the Federal District Court for Northern Georgia held that the electronic reserves practices of the