Category Archives: Art

Packingham Ruling Likely Not Instructive to DMCA

Photo source by spaxiax Another Supreme Court First Amendment decision this past Monday was a source of excitement for parties who consistently argue that copyright enforcement in cyberspace cannot help but infringe First Amendment rights.  I’ll say at the outset that … Continue reading

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Slants Trademark Decision May Have Other IP Implications

In 2010, the Oregon-based, Asian-American band had its application for a trademark in the name The Slants rejected by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The denial was based on a statute in the 1946 Lanham Act prohibiting registration of … Continue reading

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EU Court of Justice Ruling – A New Chapter?

Photo by alexskopje Pond5 This week, the Court of Justice of the European Union concluded what any rational observer would conclude about websites that make large volumes of unlicensed copyrighted works available to the public — that their owners know exactly what … Continue reading

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Artists Making Merch Should Avoid Copyright Confusion

Photo by vlad_star Ars Technica posted an article last month about copyright and tee shirt design that, in my view, jumps past the real story and may confuse a few independent artists out there that they’re operating in some new realm of IP … Continue reading

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Angels and Monkeys at Appeals Court

  Photo sources by artush & prudkov. Readers can be forgiven for focusing on court news other than copyright stories these days, but lest you think all the fun is emanating from the White House, here are two items of note this week… … Continue reading

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