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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


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


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


Google settles long-running copyright dispute with book publishers
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • October 5 2012

Yesterday (October 4th) Google and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced that they have settled the litigation filed in 2005 by the AAP challenging the Google Books Library Project


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


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


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


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


Dissecting Mr. Rockefeller: First Circuit rejects copyright infringement claim based on unoriginal elements of news photograph
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • January 17 2013

Clark Rockefeller, aka Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, lived a double life until his conviction for child abduction in 2009. He was subsequently


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