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Cat’s Don’t Talk, But A False Advertising Lawsuit Says Plenty

It is not every day that news about a false advertising law suit between the leading sellers of cat litter generates much interest outside of the feline trade industry.  Church & Dwight (the makers of Super Scoop) claims that television … Continue reading

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Federal Circuit: Korean War Memorial Stamp Violated Sculptor’s Copyright

Sometimes a 37¢ stamp does buy quite a bit.  One lucky sculptor, Frank Gaylord, may find that such a stamp could give him some extra spending money in the neighborhood of six or seven figures. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reversed the … Continue reading

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Debate Continues Whether A Photography Is A Derivative Work, But 7th Circuit Issues Broad Ruling

Derivative.  Is there a less appealing or scarier word in which to start a horror novel or blog post? The very word conjures up everything complex in the financial world and issynonymous with our current economic disaster. Woe be to … Continue reading

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A Stunning Confession Potentially Destroys Fariey’s Fair Use Defense

Despite depictions in TV shows and the movies, most court cases do not involve dramatic confessions, cover ups and Presidential politics.  Of course, most court cases don’t involve Stephen Fairey.  From pasting the Obey Giant (now his Twitter name) and other “Obey” posters on public property … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson: The Music And Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Continues

While on a vacation in Northern Michigan recently, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” started playing in a local tavern.  The song seemed out of place in the northern woods, but as I looked around, I could sense that the conversation at a number … Continue reading

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A $1.92 Million Win For The Music Industry. Now What?

As I read Ben Sheffner’s tweets about the Capital v. Thomas case with interest, I was struck by how quickly the jury issued its decision to award the record companies $1.92 million — about $1.7 million more than the original jury awarded.  I … Continue reading

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Supreme Court May Decide Whether Registration Is Required To File A Copyright Lawsuit

We at the Owners, Borrowers & Thieves 2.0 are big enough to admit to our mistakes when, after an exhaustive search, we can’t find anyone else to blame.  Not finding anyone to blame other than the sheer height of the stack … Continue reading

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More Chaos As To Whether Registration Is Required To File A Copyright Infringement Case

Forum shopping in not just for patent and securities attorneys although their shopping habits have a greater tendency to get picked up by the Wall Street Journal law bloggers.  Even in the copyright world, crossing state lines to a different circuit or district court can mean the … Continue reading

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Christie’s Dilemma When Buyer Refuses To Pay

If you are an average Joe the plumber who happens to have an extra $40 million laying around to bid on an item or two at an auction and you don’t pay, the auction company will sue you and will likely win.  … Continue reading

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No Legal Basis For The Return Of The Chinese Bronzes

It is not surprising to find drugs and fashion in bed together and last week was no different.  Opium, a rat, a rabbit, and a  fashion house took center stage at the “Sale of the Century”.  Even those whose art budget leans towards items … Continue reading

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