The two-year ‘monkey selfie’ dispute between David Slater, a British Wildlife photographer, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has driven copyright lawyers bananas and finally reached a settlement. Monkey See. Monkey Do. This legal battle began in the Indonesian jungle when Naruto, the macaque monkey, snapped a ‘selfie’ using Slater’s unattended Read more about Monkeying Around with Copyright Law[…]
What can you learn from Disney’s “Zootopia” copyright lawsuit?
Longtime movie producer and screenwriter, Gary Goldman, whose notable credits include writing Total Recall and producing Minority Report, filed a federal lawsuit for copyright infringement this week against the Walt Disney Company. The “Zootopia” copyright lawsuit accuses Disney of stealing his idea for ‘Zootopia,’ the award-winning best animated picture for both the Golden Globes and Oscars. Goldman claims that Read more about What can you learn from Disney’s “Zootopia” copyright lawsuit?[…]
12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas
The McHattie Law Firm is uniquely equipped to deal with modern businesses’ most valuable asset — its intellectual property — and to manage it with a strategic legal approach in the US. From creation to licensing to sale, we stand ready, willing and able to serve your needs, developing strategies for your opportunities and Read more about 12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas[…]
The Song Remains the Same: Jury Shows a Whole Lotta Love for Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven
By: Christopher McHattie, Esq. and Sean Sanders The verdict is in and Led Zeppelin is off the hook following a highly publicized copyright infringement lawsuit brought by the estate of Spirit’s Randy Wolfe (a.k.a., Randy California). Following a two-year legal battle, a Los Angeles jury found last week that Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” did Read more about The Song Remains the Same: Jury Shows a Whole Lotta Love for Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven[…]
Road Trip: South by Southwest 2016!
Who’s going to SXSW in March? Are you an artist, a musician, an inventor, an IT guru? You are the innovators, the people who have ideas and are enthusiastic to introduce the world to who you are and what you are about. At the same time, you need to protect your creativity and to learn Read more about Road Trip: South by Southwest 2016![…]
Flag On The Play, Part Deux
As predicted in our November 13, 2014 post, “Flag On The Play”, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has held that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) stuck its “subjective nose” so far into trademark owners’ choices of trademarks that the U.S. Constitution has been violated. In re Read more about Flag On The Play, Part Deux[…]
The Importance of IP for Startups: Licensing Agreements
The term “intellectual property” refers to intangible property such as art, music, literature, movies, inventions, designs, slogans and logos. Under IP law, you have the exclusive right to use or reproduce your work. In some cases, you may wish to allow others to use it. In order to maintain control over and protect your intellectual Read more about The Importance of IP for Startups: Licensing Agreements[…]
Three Steps Businesses Can Take to Protect Their Ideas
As your company grows, pitching the business becomes progressively important. Seeking investors, new clients, or even new personnel, an owner must frequently reveal details about the business to others. Idea theft is an ongoing worry for many of these owners who see themselves as having a gain by being at the head of the market. Read more about Three Steps Businesses Can Take to Protect Their Ideas[…]
Friday Grab Bag: Google® and Viacom® Opt to Settle
When a lawsuit proceeds for seven years, anticipation steadily builds as we await the substance of the eventual resolution. In the seven-year case of Google® versus Viacom® we finally have a much-anticipated resolution between the two tech giants. It’s a significant conclusion to a wide-ranging copyright law issue. Viacom® brought a $1 billion lawsuit against Read more about Friday Grab Bag: Google® and Viacom® Opt to Settle[…]
Friday Grab Bag: Aereo® on the Go?
Often in intellectual property disputes, a case can boil down to the simple issue of whether the ingenuity of one company crosses a line already established by another – whether the creative, diligent actions leading up to a fascinating new invention tread on the invaluable rights secured by another party. How far is too far? Read more about Friday Grab Bag: Aereo® on the Go?[…]