copyright

[caption id="attachment_14882" align="alignright" width="320"] FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THE SUPREME COURT HAS ROUNDLY REJECTED PRIOR RESTRAINT!!!!![/caption] As some of you remember, Raanan Katz sued Google and others for copyright infringement this summer over a Blogger user's publication of an "unflattering" photograph of him.  Today, popular sports blog Deadspin has the story. Beyond the...

[caption id="attachment_14791" align="alignright" width="175"] Excerpt from Escobedo v. THQ Inc. lawsuit including "signature moment" shot allegation. [/caption] A tattoo artist sued THQ, Inc., the makers of a UFC themed video games, for copyright infringement. The artist tattooed a lion on Carlos Condit's torso, and claims that it was his original...

In May of 2010, Thomas Privitere and Brian Edwards, a gay couple, hired a photographer to take pictures of the two men in a New York City park.  Their favorite photograph displayed the two men kissing and holding hands with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.  The couple liked the...

The Innocence of Muslims seems to be the place wehre really stupid free speech positions intersect with the Arab-Israeli conflict. In the latest installment, we have the dumbest copyright infringement suit filed by anyone whose name does not end in "haven." Actress Cindy Lee Garcia appeared in the...

This blog often features articles on developments in § 230 of the Communications Decency Act, or the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, but the significance – and nuance – of such rulings may not be immediately appreciable to many readers.  Hopefully such posts are helpful to lawyers.  However, they are important...

Back in April, I wrote an article "Challenging The Copyrightability Of Porn" (html version - digital mag version) This was to confront a growing chorus of voices questioning whether porn can be copyrighted. You likely don't need to read my article to know where I come down on it. ...

A lot has been written about Righthaven v. Hoehn (my case), but the following article was so idiotic, so uninformed, such shoddy work, that I feel the need to show my readers this idiocy in its entirety so that they can't claim that I selectively edited it. Further, I...

"What what, in the butt?" was the question recently before justices Easterbrook, Cudahy and Hamilton in the appeal of Brownmark Films LLC v. Comedy Partners from the Eastern District of Wisconsin. (Opinion)  At issue was whether South Park's interpretation of Samwell's "What What In The Butt," as performed by Butters...

Remember Righthaven?  While it has been stripped of its intellectual property and claims against it keep piling up, the fat lady has not yet sung - and the ABA has noticed. The May 2012 ABA Journal's cover story is the aftermath of Righthaven.  Eriq Gardner, who Righthaven once sued for posting...