Rights, Licensing and Endorsements

The jury has spoken. After a saga worth of Homer, Comic-Con is a valid trademark.

The battle began when, the organizers of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the 50-year old grandaddy of fan conventions, sued the producers of Salt Lake Comic Con for infringement. As we previously reported, the defendants struck back by asserting that

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I’ve blogged here and here about the pending trademark infringement case brought by SDCC, the registered owners of the San Diego Comic-Con mark, against the producers of Salt Lake Comic Con. The Utah group had launched an aggressive social media campaign to

Closeup of earbuds and smartphoneLos Angeles-based IP lawyer Erin M. Jacobson recently penned a piece describing the ongoing dispute between members of the music industry and music streaming service Spotify, and arguing against Spotify’s attempts to limit the type of licenses it must obtain from copyright holders in order to maintain the service. She outlines the series of copyright

1. Registration of a song with a PRO does not provide any copyright protection.

Closeup of earbuds and smartphoneThe most common misunderstanding I encounter from songwriters is that registering their songs with one of the U.S. music performance rights organizations (“PROs”), i.e. ASCAP, BMI, SESAC or GMR, gives the songwriter some protection of their intellectual property rights in their

Drug cartels are notorious for murder and extortion, but the family of the late drug lord Pablo Escobar has unleashed the scariest weapon of all–trademark litigation.

Escobar, Inc. has a longstanding grudge against the Netflix series Narcos, which dramatizes the late drug lord’s life. In a creative and brazen move, Escobar filed trademark registrations for

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A New York court of appeals last week declared the Orioles and Nationals will play extra innings in the teams’ longstanding dispute over fees the Orioles’ Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) owes the Nationals for broadcasting their games.

The teams have shared the network since

Years ago, photographer Carol Highsmith gifted her photographs to the Library of Congress for its public use. But, as any savvy artist should do, she retained the copyrights to her works.  It then came as a surprise when she later received a letter from a Getty affiliated entity accusing her of copyright infringement for using

Monica Bral writes:

The rights to “This Land is Your Land”, one of America’s most famous folk songs, is in dispute. The outcome of a dispute about whether the song is in the public domain could change forever how this and potentially other historic songs are used.

On June 14, 2016, Plaintiffs James Saint-Amour and

Many agreements in the entertainment industry contain morals clauses. These are provisions that provide a party with the right to terminate the agreement (and stop paying or even receive a partial refund of money already paid) in the event that any individual violates the provision. Morals clauses are especially important in endorsement agreements, because the