• Posts Tagged ‘registration’

    Update: “What is an ‘E-Signature’?”

    by  • July 18, 2013 • copyright • 1 Comment

    I previously wrote about a case, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. v. American Home Realty Network, Inc., involving the assignment of copyrights by uploading photographs to a website. In it, the district court held that uploading a photograph was the equivalent of signing an agreement under the E-Sign Act. I was unhappy with the...

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    You Have to Own the Copyright

    by  • June 24, 2013 • copyright • 0 Comments

    Short and sweet: after seven years of litigation, partial summary judgment, and an award against the defendant for $100,000, the court vacated it all because, a year after the award, the defendant’s new lawyer noticed the plaintiff didn’t actually own the copyrights, its subsidiaries did. In light of the recently unearthed determination that Plaintiff...

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    The Tale, Part II

    by  • March 18, 2013 • trademark • 0 Comments

    DeliverMed Holdings LLC v. Schaltenbrand is a dispute about a failed business involving the tagline “Right at Home, the trademark “DeliverMed,” and a “mortar and pestle” logo: In the last post we covered the court’s opinion, after a bench trial, on the ownership and infringement of the copyright in the logo. Score one for...

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    Waiting Too Long

    by  • February 8, 2013 • trademark • 0 Comments

    Medical Products Laboratories, Inc. v. Premier Dental Products Co. had the makings of a good tale about joint ownership of a trademark, but alas, it was decided on a statute of limitations basis rather than anything more substantive. Maybe we’ll see something later in the state court. Medical Products was a contract manufacturer for...

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    It’s Not Really a “Work Made for Hire”

    by  • January 10, 2013 • copyright • 1 Comment

    One of the most misunderstood aspects of copyright law is work-made-for-hire.  The lay understanding is that a work created at the request of another in exchange for payment is a “work for hire.” That’s not true, as explained by the Supreme Court in 1989 in Community for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid, but nevertheless it...

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    Missing the Question

    by  • April 10, 2011 • copyright

    Sometimes decisions seem expedient instead of right, albeit perhaps no harm, no foul. VocalSpace, LLC v. Lorenso is one of those decisions. Defendant Daniel Lorenso is a software developer and former employee of plaintiff VocalSpace, a company that designs web-based internet marketing and streaming media systems. VocalSpace claimed that Lorenso “stole” VocalSpace’s source code...

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    Bringing a Copyright Suit Is Not as Easy as It Looks

    by  • April 2, 2011 • copyright

    Here’s an exercise in frustration that killed a copyright infringement lawsuit twice: 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 – Plaintiff Kunkel creates copyrightable works. November 2001 – Kunkel files bankruptcy.  Does not list copyrights as part of estate.February, 2003 – Kunkel files copyright applications for works created pre-bankruptcy in his own name.March, 2006 –...

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