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Court’s Reconsideration Gives “Lift” to Dirty Dancing Trademark Dilution Claim

USA - August 4 2016 It’s been almost 30 years since we were introduced to bad boy dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and sweet daddy’s girl Frances “Baby”...

Melania Trump’s RNC Speech: Plagiarism, Copyright Infringement, or Both?

USA - July 20 2016 On the opening night of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, delivered a speech from the convention floor in support of...

Led Zeppelin Legends Smackdown “Stairway to Heaven” Copyright Suit

USA - June 23 2016 This morning in a Los Angeles federal court, a unanimous jury exonerated British rockers Jimmy Page and Robert Planttwo members of the storied Led...

The U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Award of Attorneys’ Fees in Copyright Cases

USA - June 16 2016 Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an important decision regarding when the prevailing party in a copyright lawsuit is entitled to recover...

VARA Claim over 16th Century Spanish Galleon Replica Goes Up in Smoke

USA - June 13 2016 The Visual Artists Rights Act (“VARA”) protects a “work of visual art” from “intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification.” VARA defines...