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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 …

Planned USD Student Center Upgrade Sparks Copyright Lawsuit

A Massachusetts architectural firm has sued a competitor in South Dakota, accusing it of using the firm’s copyrighted designs in a planned upgrade to the University of South Dakota’s student center. Charles Rose Architects of Somerville, Mass., contends that RSA …

Judge Dismisses Velvet Underground Copyright Claim vs. Warhol Over Banana

A federal judge has dismissed part of The Velvet Underground’s lawsuit accusing the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts of violating its rights to an iconic banana image used on the rock band’s best-known album. While Velvet Underground’s trademark …

Oracle Suffers Setback in Java Copyright Battle Against Google

A U.S. judge dismissed Oracle Corp.’s copyright claims against Google Inc. for parts of the Java programming language, knocking out Oracle’s prime vehicle for damages in a high stakes legal battle over smartphones. The ruling on Thursday from a San …

Google Wins Copyright Ruling in France

A French court ruled that Google is not responsible for filtering content on YouTube, dealing a blow to French broadcaster TF1 which sought damages for copyrighted sports and movies which ended up on the video-sharing website. TF1 claimed 141 million …

Jury Finds Google Did Not Infringe Oracle’s Patents

Google Inc.’s Android mobile platform has not infringed Oracle Corp’s patents, a California jury decided, putting an indefinite hold on Oracle’s quest for damages in a fight between the two Silicon Valley giants over smartphone technology. In a case that …

Gucci Wins Fraction of Damages Sought in Trademark Claim Against Guess

A U.S. judge said Gucci may recover just $4.66 million in its lawsuit accusing apparel retailer Guess Inc. of copying its trademarked designs, a small fraction of the more than $120 million sought by the Italian luxury goods company. U.S. …

Court Ruling in Georgia Upholds School’s Use of Publication Excerpts

A federal judge sided with Georgia State University on a range of copyright infringement claims filed by three publishing houses in a ruling that administrators said could set an important precedent for how educational data is used by schools. The …