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“World of Warcraft” Creator Takes Battle to Court over Game’s Characters
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • December 29 2015

A federal judge in the Northern District of California recently dismissed a complaint in which video game producers claimed that characters from


When the music stops: NY Court of Appeals limits meaning of ‘affiliate’
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • March 24 2015

The New York Court of Appeals recently held in Ellington v. EMI Music, Inc. that the term "affiliates" in a copyright renewal agreement referred only


Who owns Superman? Copyright lawsuit over Superman comics continues
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • September 12 2012

Litigation is ongoing in California federal courts between the heirs of Joe Shuster, the co-creator of the famous Superman comic book, and DC Comics, the division of Warner Bros. that held the rights to the Superman comics for more than 60 years


Dolce & Gabbana in for no easy ride with Peter Fonda
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • July 30 2013

The journey of Easy Rider is set to become less smooth. On July 16, 2013, Peter Fonda, co-star, co-producer, and co-writer of the iconic film, filed


Holy smokes Batman! Court finds Batmobile replicas infringe DC Comics’ copyrights
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • February 13 2013

On February 7, 2013, the US District Court for the Central District of California granted plaintiff DC Comics' motion for summary judgment in part


Ninth Circuit determines Green Day’s Scream Icon is safe under fair use doctrine
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • August 19 2013

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the US District Court for the Central District of California's ruling that the rock


McDonald’s fights back in ad dispute
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • July 19 2012

McDonalds Corp and Arnold Worldwide LLC, a Boston ad agency, are fighting back in a recent case filed in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts


Barnes & Noble schools former FIT student in IP suit, as Federal Court finds backpack design not copyrightable
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • December 15 2014

A former student of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) recently suffered a decisive blow in her lawsuit against her alma mater and Barnes &


Cheerleader uniform designs eligible for copyright protection, Sixth Circuit rules
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • August 28 2015

In a closely-watched fashion design case, the Sixth Circuit ruled last week that decorative designs on cheerleading uniforms are eligible for


Capitol Records v. Redigi: District Court finds first sale defense does not apply to re-sale of digital music downloads
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • April 19 2013

In Capitol Records, LLC v.ReDigi Inc., a case that has been closely watched in digital music and cloud computing circles, a district court in the