Dec 12, 2017

States’ Sovereign Immunity Challenged in Texas A&M Case

Bynum v. Texas A&M Univ. Athletic Dept., 17-cv-00181 (S.D. Tex.) By Shelise Rupp In early January 2017, author Michael Bynum filed suit against Texas A&M University’s Athletic Department as well as its 12th Man Foundation for alleged copyright infringement…

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Nov 29, 2017

Is Pirates of the Caribbean Pirated?

Alfred v. The Walt Disney Co., 17-cv-02729 (D. Colo 2017) By: Casey Mock Two writers claim that The Walt Disney Company copied their script to produce the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.  The writers, A. Lee Alfred…

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Oct 13, 2017

Scholarly Publishing Giants File Infringement Suit against ResearchGate

By Casey Mock Publishers Elsevier and the American Chemical Society have alleged that the popular academic networking site, ResearchGate, has committed copyright infringement by sharing copyrighted research papers with their users, according to an article at www.sciencemag.org. ResearchGate claims…

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Oct 06, 2017

College Football Coach Sued Over Retweet

Bell v. King’s College, et al., 17-cv-01725 (M.D. Penn.) By Casey Mock In September 2017, King’s College and its head football coach were sued for copyright infringement over a retweet. The complaint was filed by Dr. Keith F….

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Sep 22, 2017

ISP downloads a $25M copyright infringement with an $8.4M attorney’s fee attachment

BMG Rights Management (US) LLC v. Cox Communications, Inc., 14-cv-1611 (E.D. VA 2017) By Casey Mock Cox Communications is a high-speed internet access provider to customers nationwide.  BMG acts as the owner or administrator of approximately 1,400 musical…

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YouTube criticism found to be fair use

Hosseinzadeh v. Klein, 16-cv-3081 (S.D.N.Y. 2017) by Casey Mock Popular YouTube personalities Ethan and Hila Klein were granted a motion for summary judgment after being sued last May for criticizing and commenting on another video by Youtuber Hosseinzadeh. Hosseinzadeh’s…

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Sep 15, 2017

Photographer Appeals Fair Use Ruling After Student Uses His Photo for a School Project

Reiner v. Nishimori, 15-cv-00241 (M.D. Tenn) By Casey Mock A prominent photographer is appealing what some consider a textbook fair use case. Originally, photographer TC Reiner sued Ryon Nishimori, a student, and the Trustees of Watkins College of Art,…

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Cap and Gown Competitor Website Too Close for Copyright Comfort

Graduation Solutions, LLC v. Acadima, LLC, 17-cv-01342 (D. Conn) By Casey Mock A provider of academic regalia, Graduation Solutions, has filed a complaint alleging copyright and trade dress infringement by a competitor for using a very similar website format…

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Public Employee Data on Linkedin Available for Copying

hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp., 17-cv-03301 (N.D. Cal) By Casey Mock On August 14, a California Judge issued an order granting a preliminary injunction motion that will allow hiQ to continue to sell information gathered through LinkedIn’s…

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Sep 06, 2017

Former Student Athlete Sues University for Using his Likeness

Spielman v. IMG College, LLC, 17-cv-00612 (S.D. Ohio) By Casey Mock On July 14, 2017, Chris Spielman, a former NFL All-Pro and NCAA All-American linebacker, filed a class action lawsuit against The Ohio State University and IMG College.  Spielman…

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