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Do Fan-Created Works Infringe the Copyrights of the Works They are Based on?

By: Brian Medich   [10/25/22] ​More often than not, if not fair use,[1] the answer is probably yes. A fan-created work does infringe the copyrights of the work upon which it is based, as they are considered derivative works of art[2] – and the copyright owner has the exclusive right to prepare derivative works of their own source… Continue reading Do Fan-Created Works Infringe the Copyrights of the Works They are Based on?

Creating Expressive Works of Art That Use Protected Trademarks: Stepping on Trademark Law or Standing on the First Amendment?

By: Brian Medich  [8/22/22] Anyone who owned a pair of Vans back in their school days more than likely remembers drawing on said shoes with an assortment of colored markers. Whether we were playing tic tac toe on a pair of checkered Vans, drawing stick figures on the soles and white swooshes, or “practicing” our… Continue reading Creating Expressive Works of Art That Use Protected Trademarks: Stepping on Trademark Law or Standing on the First Amendment?

Chain of Title For Media Content: “No Chain = No Gain”

By: Brian Medich  [8/12/22] Real property law (e.g., real estate law) is generally cited as the body of laws from which flow the basic concepts for intellectual property and personal property laws, including that part known as “chain of title.” Media content involves both intellectual property and personal property. Thus, establishing a media project’s chain… Continue reading Chain of Title For Media Content: “No Chain = No Gain”

Can We Stop Pretending That the 7th Circuit Doesn’t Love New Kids on the Block?

By: Brian Medich  [7/8/22] In 1992, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals codified the doctrine of “nominative fair use” of another’s trademark, in the case of New Kids on the Block (“New Kids”) versus News America Publishing, Inc. [1] In the case, New Kids – an American boy band known for songs like “You Got It… Continue reading Can We Stop Pretending That the 7th Circuit Doesn’t Love New Kids on the Block?

BC or AD… Which Are The Better Years?

By: Brian Medich   [6/30/22] If you are able to think back to bits of your childhood 40+ years ago, … then you lived during the years “BC,” … you know, … Before Computers (before home computers- to be technical). Those were the years when entertainment media were truly social. We’re now in the “AD” years, i.e., After… Continue reading BC or AD… Which Are The Better Years?

Online Branding: The Risky Side of Giving (or not)

By: Brian Medich  [6/24/22] Perhaps a bit cliché (?), but knowledge really is the ultimate gift that gives back – hands down. Consider this thinking in the context of exercise equipment (and media) company Peloton and its now infamous and controversial commercial, “The Gift That Gives Back.” In case you don’t know, this ad features a woman… Continue reading Online Branding: The Risky Side of Giving (or not)

Is Change Coming to Waco? Judge Albright Grants Five Stays for PTAB Review

By: Brian Medich  [6/15/22] On December 20, 2021, in an uncommon move and without much explanation, U.S. District Judge Alan Albright granted five requests for stays while the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) reviews the patent at issue (U.S. Patent No. 10,844,697). For his part, Judge Albright oversees the largest patent docket in the… Continue reading Is Change Coming to Waco? Judge Albright Grants Five Stays for PTAB Review

The 9th Circuit Ka-POWS Claims of Frivolousness Brought Against Stan Lee’s Daughter

By: Brian Medich [2/25/22] This is a tale as old as time. An intellectual property creator creates intellectual property. During his lifetime, he contractually gives his intellectual property to Third Party A. He then takes it back from Third Party A, claiming that Third Party A breached the contract. He later assigns his intellectual property… Continue reading The 9th Circuit Ka-POWS Claims of Frivolousness Brought Against Stan Lee’s Daughter

Spreading “Ultralight” on Copyright Registration Requirement: An Application is not a Registration

By: Brian Medich [October 22, 2020] 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. This October, rapper Kanye West reached an undisclosed settlement to end a copyright infringement suit related to… Continue reading Spreading “Ultralight” on Copyright Registration Requirement: An Application is not a Registration

Building and Maintaining Brands Through Social Media: Even “YouTube” has a “YouTube”

By: Kurt R. Klaus, Partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, & Brian Medich, Attorney at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig Today’s marketplace is ever-expanding – and no I’m not just talking about Facebook Marketplace- although Facebook does, certainly, have an expansive position and a plethora of amazing deals. Instead, I mean the B2B (“business-to-business”) and B2C… Continue reading Building and Maintaining Brands Through Social Media: Even “YouTube” has a “YouTube”

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