Authored by Tonya Gisselberg, the Seattle Copyright Watch focuses on copyright and intellectual property issues around the country. The blog touches on a range of concerns that small and large business owners, employers, legal professionals, and individuals face in relation to their copyrights and privacy. While the blog’s title may suggest a Seattle-centric focus, Tonya covers cases and legislation from around the country in her own personal, passionate, and recognizable voice.
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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...
DC Comics, owner of registered copyrights in the Batman comic book character, sued Mark Towle, dba Gotham Garage, for copyright infringement for reproducing and distributing unauthorized and counterfeit Batmobile vehicles. Judge Ronald S.W. Lew, U.S. District Court, Central District of...
In Yonemoto v. Department of Veterans Affairs (pdf), the Ninth Circuit addressed two questions about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): 1) Was a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employee’s FOIA request made moot when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offered to allow...
Our sweet rescue Vizsla Molly died on Sunday. She became a member of our family on February 10, 2007. She was our Funny Valentine. We believe Molly was around 12 years out when she came to live with us, so would have been around 17 years old when she died. That’s a long life...
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Golan v. Holder (pdf) this week. This case concerns the extent of copyright protection granted to foreign works by U.S. law. The Berne Convention is the major treaty governing international copyright protection. Under the Berne...
Research Works Act Forces Debate About Access to Research Resulting From Both Public and Private Funding
While SOPA grabs entertainment industry headlines, a new bill introduced in the House of Representatives in December 2011 is creating quite a stir among research scientists. It’s called the Research Works Act. The purpose of the bill is “[t]o ensure the continued publication...