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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


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


Ninth Circuit imposes DMCA liability, even in the absence of copyright infringement
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • January 10 2011

The Ninth Circuit's liability determination in MDY Industries v. Blizzard rested not on copyright infringement, but on a violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) provisions regarding circumvention of access controls


The political parody problem
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • September 2 2010

In a bid to win the hearts and minds of voters, lately political candidates have touted, among other things, their musical predilections


The year of downloading dangerously: federal court gives adult film copyright “trolls” the third degree
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • November 5 2012

About this time last year, we reported on a case which bore perhaps the least catchy name in the history of the Massachusetts Federal District Court: Liberty Media Holdings, LLC v. Swarm Sharing Hash File AE340D0560129AFEE8D78CE07F2394C7B5BC9C05,821 F.Supp.2d 444 (D. Mass. 2011


Oh what a tangled web: does Julie Taymor have a valid copyright in Spider-Man?
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • February 24 2012

The backstage drama, from the classic 1950 film All About Eve to the new television hit Smash, is an oft employed narrative convention filled with juicy melodrama between show business colleagues set to the backdrop of a spectacular stage production


Pinterest's popularity soars, but (p)interesting copyright questions abound
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • March 5 2012

In a world where Facebook isn’t a social network but The Social Network, it’s difficult for a new social networking site to gain traction


Copyright claims dismissed against Facebook movie and book: unoriginal expression and fragmentary phrases not protected
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • May 10 2012

Software entrepreneur Aaron Greenspan claims not only to have been the original inventor of Facebook


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


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