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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

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

First Circuit affirms $675,000 award against Joel Tenenbaum: Gore test does not apply to statutory damages under Copyright Act

  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 26 2013

This week, the First Circuit affirmed a $675,0000 statutory damages award against college student Joel Tenenbaum for copyright infringement. The

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

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

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

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

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

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