Panzer on Point discusses the intersection of technology, copyright and trademark law. Doug Panzer, the author, is a Philadelphia intellectual property attorney.
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Newt Gingrich just got hit with a copyright infringement suit by the members of the band Survivor for his use of the song "Eye of the Tiger" on the campaign trail. This happens every four years. I know politicians are known for forgetting promises, but can't they get a single lawyer on their team...
Looking for a method, backed by the US government, to completely block your competition from entering the US market? A Section 337 Investigation before the US International Trade Commission might just be your silver bullet. At least that's the thinking of a growing number of US businesses that...
In Part 1 of this two-part article we looked at an overview of International Trade Commission Section 337 Investigations as a weapon in preventing the importation of goods that allegedly infringe a US patent. This strategy is currently being played out by tech giants Apple and Motorola...
A federal district court judge in Wisconsin has ordered Brownmark Films to pay Viacom and Comedy Central more than $30,000 in attorney's fees after finding that their case alleging copyright infringement was as worthwhile as their "hit" YouTube video, "What What (In the Butt)."If you haven't seen...
Napster seems to be the Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers of the Internet. It was alive and terrorizing the industry. Then it was dead. Then it was alive again...and terrorizing the industry folks who blew a ton of money trying to make it a legitimate, for-profit music service. Now it appears...
Samsung is seeking to invalidate Apple patents related to the iPad, claiming that Stanley Kubrick's mega-influential 1969 space flick 2001: A Space Odyssey anticipates the entire concept. This one could get interesting. The cited YouTube clip of the film doesn't give much more than a view of a...
Viacom Friday filed an appeal in its copyright case against YouTube (now owned by Google) in which a June opinion from the Southern District of New York held that YouTube was not liable for widespread infringement due to users' copious uploads of copyrighted material, including movies, music...
US Copyright law took a small step toward catching up with technology this month when Congress passed a bill aimed at refining and clarifying certain existing aspects of the Copyright Act. The Senate version of the bill (S.3689) passed on November 19 and is awaiting action by President Obama. The...
Here we go again. A YouTuber has altered the tempo and pitch of the Lady Antebellum hit "Need You Now" and the Alan Parsons Project's "Eye In The Sky" to create a mashup suggesting the former ripped off the latter. And the blogosphere masses are now on the case debating its merits.This isn't new...
I've said many times before that while downloading is not justifiable, the major labels need to get a better grip on their own changed business landscape before they can make their consumers understand the importance of their dollars to ensuring the music keeps coming. This very interesting - and...