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Superheroes of copyright: when do fictional characters enjoy copyright protection?

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…

Massachusetts Superior Court finds personal jurisdiction over foreign ski manufacturer where plaintiff purchased allegedly defective skis in Massachusetts from store located through search function on manufacturer’s website

January 26 2012 In Lafond v. Salomon North America, Inc., C.A. No. 2008- 1383 (Mass. Super. Dec. 19, 2011), plaintiff was injured when one of his ski bindings broke while skiing in Utah.

From the .xxx files: porn industry giants sue over new domain name registry

November 22 2011 The .xxx domain name registry was approved by ICANN and is now taking applications via your friendly neighborhood domain name registrar, so you would be forgiven for thinking that opponents of the .xxx domain are ready to move on and deal with the new regime.

Say good bye to Boston cream thigh: Caballero video gives up “Ben & Cherry’s XXX ice cream” franchise

August 1 2013 It turns out that the folks at Caballero Video were gentlemen after all, at least from Ben & Jerry's perspective. Last September, the ice cream…

Practice tips for employee IP assignment agreements

July 19 2012 A recent Federal Circuit decision discussing the effect of an Employee Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement upon the ownership of inventions made by the employee (Preston v. Marathon Oil Co., Nos. 2011-1013, -1026 (Fed. Cir. July 10, 2012) (decision here)) offers a number of practice pointers.

Standing matters, TMDL version

September 3 2013 Last week, in Conservation Law Foundation v. EPA, Judge Mark Wolf ruled that CLF did not have standing to challenge EPA's approval of total maximum…

Building connections between compliance and CSR

September 1 2013 CSR serves to strengthen a company's capacity to listen to, and communicate with, a range of stakeholders, including employees, customers, investors…

More on old NSR claims: injunctive relief remains available against original owners foolish enough not to have sold

August 28 2013 As we noted last week and last month, the 3rd and 7th Circuits have ruled that violations of the obligation to undertake NSR review prior to…

Lawrence Lessig files copyright suit over “bad faith” DMCA takedown notice

August 27 2013 The District of Massachusetts may be becoming a center for takedown notice jurisprudence. As we have previously reported, pending before the court is…

FATCA registration now available

August 23 2013 On August 19, 2013, the IRS began to accept applications for registration under FATCA, the new U.S. tax regime designed to combat offshore tax…