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Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 3 Jul 2018

Circuit split alert: U.S. Supreme Court to decide key copyright lawsuit precondition

Do copyright owners need an issued copyright registration or only a pending application to enforce their copyright in federal court? The U.S. Supreme


Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 26 Mar 2018

Copyright designs found weak when derived from common ideas

The well-known song says, “a kiss is just a kiss,” but the Ninth Circuit says that some kisses are “thin” and some are “broad,” and on that your


Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 22 Aug 2017

Is 2 seconds of television time too much to be a fair use?

In a recent Episode of "48 Hours," CBS displayed - for two seconds - a copyrighted photograph taken by Steven Hirsch. He sued for copyright


Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 26 Jul 2017

Sultry Lady Liberty leads Postal Service astray

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


Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 1 Jun 2017

Fair use blocks out copyright claim over LeBron’s tattoo

Courtside questions: Is it fair or foul to show a player’s tattoo in a video game? LeBron James is a talented individual: three-time NBA Champion


Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 8 May 2017

Third verse same as the first - Will Richard Prince’s transformation defense work yet again?

Take a copyrighted photograph of Sonic Youth bass player Kim Gordon, crop it, and add an Instagram border and a few words of text and emojis. Have you


Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 20 Mar 2017

Photographer hits retailer over photo of player hitting Joey Bats

One of the best sports photographs in recent history captured a 2016 incident where Texas Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor hit Toronto Blue Jay


Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 8 Mar 2017

When good copyright laws go bad: Indictment lays out porn ‘trolling’ scheme

What happens when you use legitimate means to achieve despicable ends? In the case of two attorneys at the center of a high-profile copyright


Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 31 Oct 2016

Trump Skittles tweet illustrates photo copyright hazards

Even Halloween candy and political messages can implicate copyright law, as Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles tweet illustrates. Back in September, Trump


Thompson Coburn LLP | USA | 26 Jul 2016

Political campaigns face copyright and robocall liabilities

Though it seems to come as a surprise to many of them, politicians even presidential candidates have to live with the same intellectual property

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