Supreme Court to Clarify Copyright Act Knowledge and Publication Standards: Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz, LP: Addendum

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Charlotte Cuccia

This post is an update. Read the original post here. We previously reported on Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz, LP, in which designer Unicolors asked the Supreme Court to decide if under the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (“PRO IP Act”) an inadvertent mistake of law invalidates a copyright registration. […]

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NCAA Rule Change Paves the Way for Student Athlete Endorsement Deals: Addendum

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Ethan Barr

This post is an update. Read the original post here. On January 20, 2022, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member schools ratified a new, briefer version of its constitution. The most contentious issues involved athletic scholarships for Division II and III schools, as well as self-governance of each Division. However, continuing to permit student […]

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2022 Brings New Requirements Via ID.me for Filing Trademark Applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office: Addendum

This post is an update. Read the original post here. We previously reported on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announcement that in Spring 2022 parties filing trademark applications would have to provide biometric data and other personal information to a private company, ID.me. These requirements raised privacy issues as well as concerns […]

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50-Year Anniversary of Federal Copyright Protection for Sound Recordings

Ethan Barr

Sound recordings — i.e., the recorded versions of musical works — were not protected by federal copyright law until Congress passed legislation on February 15, 1972, giving them limited protection. Until the passage of Title II of the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) in 2018, sound recordings created before February 15, 1972 were only protected to […]

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Stamping Out Uyghur Culture: The Winter Olympics Shine a Light on Misappropriation of Traditions

The Winter Olympics underway in Beijing are fraught with controversy. Both the United States and the United Kingdom imposed a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics to protest China’s grave human rights violations. Athletes are up in arms over the requirement that they download a state-owned digital surveillance app. Amidst the many voices of protest against […]

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An Expensive Copyright Mistake?

We have previously written about some of the legal issues surrounding the current NFT craze. Issuing an NFT presumes that the creator of the NFT owns the necessary rights to the underlying work. Did the group Spice DAO misunderstand this, costing them $3 million and a lot of embarrassment? Spice DAO stands for Spice Decentralized Autonomous […]

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