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Choudhury v. Evolation Yoga: Is Copyright Law Flexible Enough to Encompass Yoga Poses?

Ryan Karr

For more than a century, courts have been grappling with the issue of what types of work are eligible for copyright protection. New mediums of expression present challenges to the traditional analyses, and the law continues to evolve on this issue. In the case of Choudhury v. Evolation Yoga[1], the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals […]

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Lenz v. Universal Music: Don’t Be Hasty In Sending a DMCA Takedown Notice

Ryan Karr

Even though we are nearing two decades since the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”), litigation over the interpretation of the DMCA continues to push the envelope of copyright law. In possibly one of the most important decisions interpreting the DMCA, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Lenz v. Universal Music […]

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No Laughing Matter: The Conan O’Brien Joke-Stealing Dispute

Susan Lutzker

Comedy show host Conan O’Brien has been sued in federal district court in the Southern District of California by comedian Robert Alexander Kaseberg for allegedly stealing four jokes from Kaseberg’s Twitter postings between January and June of this year. (Complaint filed by Kaseberg’s counsel is available here.)[1] According to Kaseberg, O’Brien performed each of the […]

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The Fight for Nike’s “Jumpman”

Nasar Khan

A particularly interesting case was decided last month involving a copyright claim over Nike’s use of Michael Jordan’s iconic “Jumpman” pose. The issue revolved around whether this picture taken by Nike infringed upon this picture that was previously taken by photographer Jacobus Rentmeester. The case was not only noteworthy for its high profile subject matter, […]

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INBLF DC Chapter Hosts Annual Conference with Dinner at the Supreme Court

Susan Lutzker

The DC Chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF) hosted the organization’s 11th annual black tie weekend in October. Arnie is the DC chapter president, as well as treasurer and a board member of the national organization, and we took a lead role in the organization of the weekend. The highlight was […]

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Ben Sternberg Attends ABA Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries

Ben Sternberg

In October, I attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sport Industries. The Annual Meeting, which was held at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City, was a wonderful opportunity to connect with practitioners from around the world and discuss cutting-edge legal issues and market trends. The Annual […]

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