• Posts Tagged ‘work made for hire’

    Copyright Owner, Employee, or Both?

    by  • August 22, 2010 • copyright

    Ashley Gasper has several hats.  He is an adult film star using the stage name Jules Jordan. (Not what you think, it’s a USPTO link.  Click away.)   He is the president and sole shareholder of Jules Jordan Video, Inc. (innocent too – Wikipedia), the creator of the videos in which Gasper stars.  He...

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    Law and the Speed of Business

    by  • June 22, 2010 • copyright

    Vergara Hermosilla v. The Coca-Cola Company demonstrates that probably the most significant role of a contract is to make sure that everyone is on the same page.  But business happens fast, so the writings aren’t always in place as fast as they should be.  Here, Coca-Cola was whacked with a preliminary injunction all because...

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    Most Excellent Conference

    by  • May 12, 2010 • copyright, patent, trademark

    Yesterday there was a conference devoted to my favorite topic, Ownership and Control of IP Rights. What a shame it was on a different continent so I couldn’t attend. Luckily, the IPKat summarizes it here, here and here. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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    Cut Your Losses

    by  • May 28, 2009 • copyright

    The Exclusive Rights blog reports on a case from the Supreme Court of Indiana, where one company hired another to design and host its web site. An often-told story; the hiring company stopped paying the bills and the designing company shut down the web site, then sued on the bill. In response, the defendant...

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    Dilbert on Company Time

    by  • January 22, 2009 • Uncategorized

    Dilbert has been running a series for all of you who aspire to be you own boss but on company time, a lesson that Carter Bryant has learned. Sorry about the formatting, but click on the strip to see the full image: © 2009 Pamela Chestek

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    Works Are Never Made for Hire

    by  • July 12, 2008 • copyright

    Malibu Textiles, Inc. v. Carol Anderson, Inc. is a good demonstration of the confusion that, almost 20 years after CCNV, still surrounds whether a work is a “work made for hire.” In Malibu, designs for lace were created by an independent party but Malibu filed copyright applications for the lace designs listing ownership as...

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    Ownership of Music in Snow White

    by  • July 12, 2008 • copyright

    The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Trademark Attorney Blog reports here that there is an ownership dispute over the music in a 1987 live-action version of Snow White. The blog reports: MGM asserts that defendant, Arik Rudich, is an individual now residing in Israel, who composed certain music and/or songs included in the picture, which...

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    Warner/Chappell Still Happy on Birthdays

    by  • July 12, 2008 • copyright

    I’m a little late to the game, but I just got around to reading Robert Brauneis’ “Copyright and the World’s Most Popular Song,” available here, blogged here, here, and here. It’s an interesting and thorough investigation into whether “Happy Birthday” is still protected by copyright. The telling of the story covers initial ownership of...

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    Bratz!

    by  • June 27, 2008 • copyright

    A blog on IP ownership appropriately starts with Bryant v. Mattel, Case 2:04-cv-09049-SGL-RNB in the Central District of California, otherwise known as Mattel v. MGA Entertainment. This, of course, is the case about Bratz dolls – seems the designer, Carter Bryant, worked at Mattel twice and claims to have designed the dolls between his...

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