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“Levitating” the Stakes in Copyright Infringement Lawsuits?

By: Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig  [3/28/22] In 2020, Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” hit the charts where it has largely remained in the Top 100 – shooting up as high as Number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 (and snagging the title of 2021 Billboard Hot 100 Song of the Year). But where it used to be fairly common… Continue reading “Levitating” the Stakes in Copyright Infringement Lawsuits?

Hero’s Rights

By: Jeff Lippman [3/16/22] Chapter 2   Continued Exploration into the Copyright Journey   Welcome back, true believers! We continue our exploration into the Copyright journey of some of our most iconic heroes. It will make it easier to follow if the authors divide the most relevant aspects of this story.   1. The current… Continue reading Hero’s Rights

Hero’s Rights

By: Jeff Lippman [3/14/22] Chapter 1   Exploring the Law: Content Creators, Comics, & Copyright   Many of us grew up reading comic books, watching cartoons Saturday mornings and/or after school, and we are currently in Phase Two of the most ambitious and successful cinematic project of all time: The Marvel Cinematic Universe. And DC makes… Continue reading Hero’s Rights

You Need an IP Lawyer (Just Ask Taylor Swift)

[2/3/22] Copyright Law is derived from the enumerated grant of power for Congress “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” Copyright provides legal protection for the creators of music, software programs, books, and other types… Continue reading You Need an IP Lawyer (Just Ask Taylor Swift)

Google v. Oracle – Copyright Infringement in Developing Technologies

By: Alex Butterman On April 5, 2021, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Google, LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. in favor of Google by a 6-2 majority, with Barrett not participating. Oracle owns a copyright in Java, a popular computer programming language that arguably has a lot of functional or “useful” features needed… Continue reading Google v. Oracle – Copyright Infringement in Developing Technologies

Copyright Law: The “Works Made For Hire” Doctrine

Copyright laws were enacted to protect owners of creative works from others claiming or using a work as their own. A work is protected from the time it is created in a fixed form. If a creator produces a work, he is generally the owner of the copyright. However, if the creator has been commissioned… Continue reading Copyright Law: The “Works Made For Hire” Doctrine

Smells Like Summary Judgment: Marc Jacobs vs. Nirvana in IP Infringement Suit

Marc Jacobs Files a Motion to Dismiss Nirvana’s Suit Alleging Copyright and Trademark Infringement  By Thomas Dunlap “It’s ironic how much trouble a smile can cause,..” lawyers for Marc Jacobs wrote in a motion to dismiss the two-year lawsuit brought by the holder of the 90s grunge band Nirvana’s Intellectual Property. [1] In 2018, Nirvana,… Continue reading Smells Like Summary Judgment: Marc Jacobs vs. Nirvana in IP Infringement Suit

Spreading “Ultralight” on Copyright Registration Requirement

October 22, 2020   Kanye West Ultralight Copyright Lawsuit Kayne West was involved in yet another lawsuit. This time, instead of suing to force his way onto the November 2020 presidential ballot, he was sued for allegedly copying from a child.   Rapper Kanye West reached an undisclosed settlement to end a copyright infringement suit… Continue reading Spreading “Ultralight” on Copyright Registration Requirement

Taylor Swift vs Song Writers Copyright Infringement, Part 1

By: Hyung Gyu (Leo) Sun Sun is an Associate at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s Richmond Office. [Sep. 28,2020] In February of 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed copyright infringement claims against Taylor Swift brought by a pair of songwriters. The songwriters’ allegations were that Defendant Swift ripped off the… Continue reading Taylor Swift vs Song Writers Copyright Infringement, Part 1

Disney vs Denise Daniels Supreme Court Asked to Review Copyrights for Characters

Disney vs Denise Daniels Supreme Court Asked to Review Copyrights for Characters By: Joseph Tulloch Tulloch is a Law Clerk at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s Leesburg Office. [Sep. 15, 2020] In March, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a copyright lawsuit that alleged Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out” was based on the work of Denise Daniels,… Continue reading Disney vs Denise Daniels Supreme Court Asked to Review Copyrights for Characters

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As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

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At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.