Article Archive for June 2011
Go the F**k to Sleep, Adam Mansbach’s parody of an early childhood bedtime book, was number one on Amazon.com’s bestseller list one month before its expected release. A movie deal has already been completed. According to many, the book’s success was driven by an unlikely form of advertising – online piracy. Will the publishing industry embrace this new source of publicity?
“Talent borrows, genius steals?” Those strong words opened a press release where Philipp Paulus, a photographer, accused Rihanna of copying the set, staging, and photographs from one of his fashion shoots in the music video …
Big Media and ISPs are nearing agreements that will have ISPs sending music pirates notices reminding them of the illegality of their behavior. Will this be enough to stop their behavior? Maybe, and it might also shift public perceptions.
The future of the Batmobile is at risk! Will DC Comics prevail? Or do we all have the right to make our own Batmobiles? DC Comics says no, and sues to stop Gotham Garage from making replica Batmobiles.
J.K. Rowling is in the process of launching “Pottermore”–an interactive website based around the reading of the Harry Potter books. The site will also be the exclusive source of Harry Potter audio books and e-books. Rowling, as the sole owner of the digital rights to the Harry Potter franchise, stands to reap nearly all the profits from the digital versions of her books.
The U.S. is trying to extradite the creator of TVShack.net. Is this the best way to fight internet piracy?
Righthaven’s legal contentions are crushed again by the plat of a judge’s hand. This week, a judge ruled that repossession of an entire article for purposes of discussion fell under the fair use doctrine and was consequently not copyright infringement.
In a recent decision, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision from the District Court of Delaware, holding Johnson & Johnson’s patents invalid under 35 U.S.C. §112 for lack of …
Back in May, EA Sports was dismissed from an antitrust lawsuit filed by former college basketball player Ed O’Bannon. This article is not about the broader issue of student athlete compensation but instead about whether companies such as EA Sports should be able to continue to make college sports video games.