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Tonya Gisselberg, the owner of her own legal practice in the Seattle, WA area, has focused her legal career on intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, licensing, trade secrets and privacy law. A former personal injury and family law lawyer, Tonya returned to law school to advance her legal education, and now assists various clients with their legal technology and IP related questions. Ms. Gisselberg discusses her practice on her blog, Seattle Copyright Watch, and when she’s not writing, Tonya is participating in American Kennel Club events with her dogs.
Skydive Arizona sued defendants collectively doing business as SKYRIDE, alleging trademark claims of false advertising, trademark infringement and cybersquatting. The district court granted partial summary judgment in Skydive Arizona’s favor on the false advertising claim. The...
The question before the 7th Circuit in this case was whether the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), 18 U.S.C. §2710, provides a civil damages remedy for violating subsection (e) of the Act, which requires the destruction of personally identifiable information as soon as practicable. ...
Frank Coble accused Anita Renfroe of stealing his idea for a song and filed suit against her, alleging copyright infringement and the trademark law claims of unfair competition and false designation of origin. The district court granted Renfroe’s motion for summary judgment on both the...
Significant Damages and Attorney's Fees Award in Music Performance Copyright Infringement Case Upheld by Ninth Circuit
Seven music company members (Music Companies) of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) sued East Coast Foods, Inc. and its sole officer and director, Herbert Hudson, for copyright infringement arising out of musical performances of eight works at the Long Beach,...
Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act Targets Nondomestic Infringing Internet Sites
The purpose of the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) is “[t]o amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to address unfair trade practices relating to infringement of copyrights and trademarks by certain Internet sites, and for other purposes.” This bill was...