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Update: Court finds transformative nature of alleged infringing work can’t be decided by side-by-side comparison

USA - August 10 2017 Adding an Instagram border and a few “gobbledygook” notations to an original photograph is not transformative as a matter of law. In an update to our...

Mike Nepple, Michael Parks, Justin Mulligan, James M. Burger.


Sultry Lady Liberty leads Postal Service astray

USA - July 26 2017 That’s one of the lessons from the recent court decision sending a copyright case against the United States Postal Service to trial, but there are...


Study highlights prevalence of counterfeit and fraudulent goods online

USA - July 19 2017 Beneath the partisan rhetoric over “fake news” lies an important reality: Fraudulent practices thrive online not just in news, but also in offerings...


Your trademarks now can (but needn’t) be offensive

USA - June 19 2017 If you want to though we don’t encourage it you can now disparage ethnic groups in your federally registered trademarks. Indeed, the Supreme Court...


Two layers of photo ownership in conflict in street photography case

USA - June 13 2017 “I own the photos.” It seems like a simple statement, but in Copyright Law, ownership isn’t simple. One person can own physical photographs, but not...