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Supreme Court Invalidates Aereo Business Model; Ruling Declares Aereo Infringes Copyright

In the closely watched case of American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Aereo’s business model infringed on television broadcasters’ exclusive rights to transmit television programming. ¬† The Court’s 6-3 ruling held that Aereo’s technology, which uses tiny antennas, each dedicated to an individual customer, to receive television signals and then...

GRAY MATTERS Statutory Remedies for Sales of Unauthorized Parallel Goods Post-Kirtsaeng

Gray market goods or parallel imports are genuine branded goods that are legitimately produced but then imported into a market without the consent of the trademark and/or copyright owner In contrast to counterfeit goods, gray goods are manufactured under license from or even by the brand owner, but then imported by another party into a jurisdiction for which they were not intended. Brand owners have historically...

Young Man — There’s No Need To Feel Down — Village People Lead Singer To Recover Copyrights

Victor Willis, the former lead singer of the seminal disco group The Village People will recover control over his interest in the copyrights for many of the group’s hit songs. As a result of one of the first cases to decide a songwriter’s efforts to terminate a grant of copyright under the 1976 Copyright Act, Willis will gain control over his interest in hits such as “YMCA”, “In the...

Michael Steger Named Best IP Attorney for Growing Businesses

In June, New York Enterprise Report magazine named Michael D. Steger the Best Intellectual Property Attorney for Growing Businesses. The award was based on Mr. Steger’s work for clients on trademark, copyright and internet projects. He was nominated by firm clients for whom he had worked on internet privacy policies, online advertising, trademark and copyright issues. For more information on this award, see...

DOCUMENT IT: Courts Find Joint Authorship in Documentary Films in Absence of Written Agreement

How many entertainment attorneys have encountered the following scenario: a producer, director or writer for an independent or low budget film asks for help with deal, but says, “Keep it simple. I don’t want to lawyer it up. A lot of legalese will scare away the other side.” Frequently, the client then tries to assure the attorney that the parties are on good terms and that no disputes will arise:...

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