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Furry Over “Hell’s Angel” Design

26 Apr

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

The Hell’s Angels are bring suit against MTV for a trademark violation.  Their claim, dilution of the “Death Head” mark which has been used by the very popular group for well over 50 years.  MTV has allegedly sold the design on t-shirts based on a reality show “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” which can damage how the public perceives the mark.

“Death Head is a collective membership mark often seen on jackets and tattoos worn by Hell’s Angels associates. The group says it has ‘acquired very widespread public recognition; consequently they evoke strong and immediate reactions whenever used. The impact of these marks is virtually incomparable, and as a result they have great commercial value.'”

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Louis Vuitton Clashes Over “Hangover 2”

10 Apr

In 2011, Louis Vuitton successfully brought suit against Hyundai claiming that a one second glimpse of a basketball which closely resembled the well known trademark.  Recently, the French designer brought suit against Warner Brothers regarding “The Hangover II”.  It is alleged in that Warner Brothers infringed and diluted the mark “by showing, for one brief moment in the movie, Zach Galifianakis telling someone who pushes his bag, ‘Be careful, that is … that is a Lewis Vuitton.'”

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Beatles Prevail Over Dutch “Mobility”

29 Mar

The Beatles have successfully prevented a Dutch manufacturer from selling a Beatles inspired wheelchair.  The court found that this attempt to use this trademark is “inconceivable that consumers would be led to transfer in their minds a Beatle wheelchair with the goodwill of The Beatles, whose image is ‘even after 50 years of existence, still synonymous with youth and a certain counter-culture of the 1960s, an image which is still positive and which could specifically benefit the goods covered by the mark.'”

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Tebow Mania TRO’d

29 Mar

An order issued Wednesday evening will now temporarily restrain Reebok International Inc. from selling any apparel that bears the “Tebow” trademark name, leaving Nike Inc. with exclusive control over the product.

“The order issued late Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel prevents Reebok from manufacturing, selling and shipping the alleged unauthorized apparel for the National Football League team and bearing Tebow’s name.  It also requires Reebok to offer to buy back such apparel from retailers, and recall the products from shipping channels.  The judge set an April 4 hearing to discuss whether the ban should be extended.”

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50 Cent Victory Over Copyright Lawsuit

28 Mar

50 Cent found himself in hot water after Tyronne Simmons filed a lawsuit in 2010 over the 2007 hit, “I Get Money”.  Unfortunately, Simmons’ copyright claim was time barred as the three year statute of limitations expired.  “The lawsuit has been thrown out of court for some of the parties involved. 50 Cent and other plaintiffs named – including UMG Recordings, Interscope Records, Aftermath Records, Shady Records and G-Unit Records – will not face the wrath of the law as the suit exceeded the three-year statute of limitations for copyright suits.”

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Copyright Lawsuit Over “Valley of the Dolls”

16 Mar

Fox is now under attack for a new TV series based on the 1966 classic, “Valley of the Dolls.”  Tiger LLC has brought, among other complaints, a copyright suit.  Tiger alleges that because Fox waived it right to first and last refusal, Fox would no longer have any rights:

“Fox acquired a limited right of first and last refusal for a TV series in 1965, but expressly waived that right in 1994. The complaint quotes Fox confirming that year that ‘it shall have no further rights in or to any Owner’s Sequel or and Television Series Rights, all of which may be freely exploited by [Tiger].'”

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Live Chat with ChickChat, LLC

14 Mar

ChickChat, LLC has added a new and beneficial feature to its blog…. Meebo.  Feel free to chat with these chatty chicks any time we are available for live discussion.

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Kanye West and Jay-Z Settle in Sampling Lawsuit

12 Mar

Last October, Syl Johnson brought suit against the rappers claiming that their sampling of “Different Strokes” was without permission.  Johnson claimed that he received no remuneration from the use.  The main point of contention for Jay-Z and West was whether or not the song was actually protected since it was recorded before 1972 where song recordings were not yet included under the copyright protection.  The case has since been dismissed due to a settlement reached by the parties.

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Thank You to Guest Speaker at Widener Law

1 Mar

Chick Chat LLC, students of Professor Tonya Evans Entertainment Law class, would like to thank attorney Todd J. Shill of Rhoads & Sinon, LLP in Harrisburg, PA for taking the time to speak to our class.

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Can Netflix Survive?

27 Feb

On February 28th, Starz will be pulling over 1,000 titles from Netflix which include TV shows and Movies.  In a decision that came at the end of Starz’s contract, the company expressed concern over the quality of their brand and a necessary step to protect its content.  “This decision is a result of our strategy to protect the premium nature of our brand by preserving the appropriate pricing and packaging of our exclusive and highly valuable content. With our current studio rights and growing original programming presence, the network is in an excellent position to evaluate new opportunities and expand its overall business.”

At the moment, Netflix does not appear to be threatened basing their continued success on the 20,000 plus movies contained within their catalogue.

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