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Sports Stars and Image Rights in China
  • Bird & Bird
  • China
  • June 2 2017

Michael Jordan has achieved a lot in his life. He is a six-time NBA champion, a 14-time NBA All-Star, a three-time All-Star MVP and a double Olympic

The Kardashians Can’t Keep up with Copyright Law
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • USA
  • May 17 2017

Khloe Kardashian is the latest Kardashian to find herself in court over her activities on social media. The youngest Kardashian sister was sued by a

Precedential No. 9: TTAB Affirms Surname Refusal of BELUSHI'S for Travel and Restaurant Services
  • Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
  • USA
  • May 8 2017

In another decision downplaying the surname rareness factor, the Board affirmed a Section 2(e)(4) refusal of the mark BELUSHI'S for various travel

Copyright Law Precludes Athletes’ Publicity Rights Suit, Ninth Circuit Rules
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • USA
  • April 20 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a publicity rights suit filed by a pair of former basketball players at

Collection, storage and transfer of data in Switzerland
  • Walder Wyss Ltd
  • Global, Switzerland
  • April 4 2017

A structured guide to collection, storage and transfer of data in Switzerland

Whack a Meme: Is It Possible to Contain (Let Alone Stop) the “Crying Jordan”?
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • USA
  • March 29 2017

Almost everyone (even my parents) has seen the Crying Michael Jordan meme popping up around the internet and social media. Crying Jordan has appeared

New Lawsuit Highlights Risks of Using User-Generated Content
  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • USA
  • March 21 2017

In 2014, Anheuser-Busch ran a contest on Facebook in which consumers were invited to submit photos of themselves “acting natural.” The contest rules

A Timely Reminder to Re-Examine Your IP Clearance Protocol: Anheuser-Busch Sued by Individual for Use of a Photo She Posted to Social Media
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • March 16 2017

Perhaps some readers once (or still do!) enjoyed some Natty Light while listening to the Beastie Boys. Some time ago, we blogged about the ongoing

Apple Ad out of Tune With Publicity Rights, Says New Suit
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • USA
  • February 9 2017

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating the publicity rights of a singer who says an iPhone ad illegally samples his voice. Jerome Lawson, the lead

Face Value: An Allegedly Co-Opted Photograph Turns into a $2.2 Billion Headache for Chipotle
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • USA
  • January 19 2017

Because celebrities closely guard their names and likenesses, lawsuits claiming high-dollar amounts for violations of those rights are not unusual