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California Toy Company Settles Beastie Boys Suit

A California toy company has settled its lawsuit against the Beastie Boys over its parody of their song “Girls” in a promotional video that went viral. The Oakland Tribune reported an agreement to dismiss the claim was filed Monday in …

Iowa-Based Insurance Company Sues Google over Copyrighted Photo

A Des Moines, Iowa, insurance company is suing Google, demanding it remove a copyrighted photo from a private blog that mocks corporate headshots. ARAG North America and Ann Dieleman, a senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the insurance …

Louisiana Brewer Sued Over Mechahopzilla Beer

The Japanese company that produced the classic series of “Godzilla” movies has sued a New Orleans brewery, claiming the MechaHopzilla beer brand infringes on its copyrights and trademarks. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans by …

Wells Fargo Insurance Launches Intellectual Property Financial Protection Products

Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Co. has launched two new insurance products from its Professional Risk Group, Intellectual Property Risk Mitigation Practice (IPRMP):  revENSUREand ANDAfend. “Both products were designed to protect a company’s expected revenues from legal …

Judge Dismisses Faulkner Estate’s Copyright Claim Against Woody Allen Movie

A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” improperly used one of William Faulkner’s most famous lines. Faulkner Literary Rights LLC sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October in U.S. …

Court Dismisses Class Action Status in Google Digital Books Case for Now

A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc.’s effort to create the world’s largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in …

U.S. Court Rules Artist Richard Prince Didn’t Infringe Photo Copyrights

In a closely watched case in the art world, American artist Richard Prince won a federal appeals court order Thursday holding that he did not infringe the copyrights of a photographer by incorporating his images into 25 paintings and collages. …

Ruling Against News Aggregator Could Affect Copyright ‘Fair Use’

A federal judge concluded that an Internet news clipping service essentially resold stories from The Associated Press, saying in a decision released last Thursday that the ability of news organizations to perform “an essential function of democracy” is jeopardized when …

IPISC Launches IP Litigation Coverage for Cyber/Media-Based Tech Companies

Louisville, Ky. headquartered Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation (IPISC) has launched IP Defense Indemnification Insurance for cyber/media-based technology companies. The cyber/media-based industry utilizes technologies that pose a significant intellectual property (IP) litigation risk. The industry as a whole is particularly …

Deals in Louisiana Resolve ‘Who Dat?’ Trademark Claims

Settlements have resolved a Louisiana recording company’s claims against two T-shirt vendors and a restaurant over merchandising rights to the phrase “Who Dat?” — a popular chant of New Orleans Saints fans. The deals eliminate the need for a federal …