The Briefing – What’s in a Name: Clearing Titles for Film and Television

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The Briefing from the IP Law Blog – What’s in a Name: Clearing Titles for Film and Television. In this week’s episode, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss the complex process of clearing titles for Film and Television.

Why SNL’s “Muppets” Parody Had Even the Media Fooled

Copyright Lately

Fair Use Fictional Characters Parody Television“Saturday Night Live’s” literal beat down of “The Muppet Show” so closely resembled the classic Jim Henson characters that some viewers thought the Muppets had really made an appearance on the show.


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Public Domain of The Living Dead


Blogs Copyright IP Movies copyright entertainment film Halloween horror Natalie Bravo nightofthelivingdead Television zombiesSource: Screenshot of Night of the Living Dead (1968) opening credit / Public Domain.

Welcome Back to TM Incapability and Merely Informational USPTO Refusals


Welcome back to another edition of Merely Informational and Incapable Marks. The above neighborhood Applebee’s is on my usual route to going anywhere from our home, so I’m predicting I’ve passed by well more than 10,000 times.

US TV, Film Studios Win Blocking Order On Pirate Websites

IP Law 360

telecommunications companies, saying the targeted websites authorize the infringement of copyrighted film and television content A judge granted website blocking orders sought by a group of major American entertainment studios, including Disney and Columbia Pictures, on Friday against six U.K.

Locast’s Payment Ends Dispute with TV Networks

Intellectual Property Brief

After losing a copyright infringement case in September against the four major television networks, the streaming service Locast agreed to pay $32 million for improperly retransmitting the networks’ broadcast content.

No Rehearing On 3rd Circ.'s Split Facebook Photo IP Ruling

IP Law 360

s bid for a full-court review of a panel's split decision in favor of a Philadelphia-based television anchor who sued the social media giant over the unauthorized use of her photo on its site The Third Circuit on Wednesday declined to grant Facebook Inc.'s

Samsung, LG Settle DivX Patent Fights Over Smart TVs

IP Law 360

DivX on Thursday said it has reached settlements with LG and Samsung, resolving international litigation claiming they infringe the video software company's streaming patents with their smart televisions

continued desire to purchase TVs suffices for California standing


According to Plaintiffs, it is false or misleading for TTE to market the televisions as having a “120Hz CMI effective refresh rate” when in fact the televisions have a 60Hz refresh rate. Plaintiff would not have bought the television but for [TTE’s] refresh rate (Hz) misrepresentations.” • Plaintiff has experienced poor picture quality when using the TTE television for, e.g., action movies, sports, or video games. Julian v. TTE Technol., 2021 WL 810228, No.

High Court Turns Down 3rd Patent Eligibility Case In A Month

IP Law 360

Supreme Court on Monday cleared out another low-profile appeal over patent eligibility standards, rejecting a bid to review by a Michigan television equipment company that saw its patent on generating automated text captions wiped out as too abstract The U.S.

3 Count: Locast Outcast

Plagiarism Today

Locast offered a service that allowed users to access free, over-the-air broadcast television via the internet. Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday.

Disney, Netflix, WB Slam 2 Video Sites Over Streaming Piracy

IP Law 360

Entertainment, Netflix and other entertainment powerhouses accused two streaming websites of selling pirated access to their biggest movies and television shows, such as "Harry Potter" movies and "The Office," according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court Disney Enterprises, Warner Bros.

YouTuber Accused By Feds Of $30M Cable TV Piracy Scheme

IP Law 360

Three men, including a YouTuber with nearly 800,000 subscribers, were charged in Pennsylvania federal court for allegedly masterminding a $30 million scheme to pirate cable television and other copyrighted material and resell it, according to an indictment unsealed on Tuesday

Fed. Court Seeks French Help With Docs In Telecom IP Cases

IP Law 360

A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday asked judges in France for assistance in gathering documents that could be relevant to lawsuits TQ Delta has filed against multiple telecommunications companies over patents related to television and broadband data services technology

TV Streamer Locast Loses Key Ruling In Battle With Networks

IP Law 360

A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the major television networks and ruled that a free streaming service called Locast was not covered by an obscure copyright provision that allows nonprofit services to boost broadcast signals

Viacom Sues Rusty Krab Eatery Owner Over SpongeBob TM

IP Law 360

Viacom International on Wednesday hit a restaurant owner with a trademark infringement lawsuit in Texas federal court, arguing that the owner's Rusty Krab pop-up restaurant and bar is misusing Viacom's SpongeBob SquarePants intellectual property and tarnishing the popular television series

Cable and Satellite Royalty Claims Due to the Copyright Royalty Board by August 2, 2021

JD Supra Law

This advisory is directed to television stations with locally-produced programming whose signals were carried by at least one cable system located outside the station’s local service area or by a satellite provider that provided service to at least one viewer outside the station’s local service area during 2020.

3 Count: Microstuttering

Plagiarism Today

First off today, David McAfee at Bloomberg Law reports that Locast, a now-shuttered service for streaming over-the-air television online, has been hit with a permanent injunction that bars it from operating. Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday.

TV Equipment Co. Urges High Court To Pick Its Eligibility Case

IP Law 360

A company selling broadcast television equipment has asked the U.S.

US Copyright Office Expands Jailbreaking Exemption to Roku and Apple TV


For purposes of this paragraph (b)(10), “smart televisions” includes both internet-enabled televisions, as well as devices that are physically separate from a television and whose primary purpose is to run software applications that stream authorized video from the internet for display on a screen.

France: Directive (EU) 2019/789 of 17 April 2019 on SatCab is transposed into French law.

JD Supra Law

The Ordonnance promotes the availability of television and radio programmes within the European Union by facilitating rights clearance and giving collective management organisations the responsibility to organise rights holders’ appropriate remuneration. On 23 June 2021, the French Government issued a Statutory Instrument implementing Directive (EU) 2019/789 that complements the rules set out in the 1993 Satellite and Cable (“SatCab”) Directive.

Johnny Rotten Loses Licensing Fight Over Sex Pistols Songs

IP Law 360

Singer Johnny Rotten has lost a court battle over the use of the Sex Pistols' music in a new television series about the group, as a judge ruled on Monday that his former band members can license the material by a majority vote

Name, Image and Likeness Scouting Report, Week 6: Midseason Update — Five NIL Trends We’re Watching

JD Supra Law

The 86th edition of the Iron Bowl will take place November 27 at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama home of the Auburn Tigers and will be televised nationally on CBS.

Vizio Must Share TV Source Code With Consumers, Suit Says

IP Law 360

should be required to share source code underlying its televisions so consumers can adjust, improve, share and reinstall modified versions of the software, a nonprofit says, accusing the company of "repeated failures to fulfill even the basic requirements of the general public license Vizio Inc.

Pirate TV Software Dev Jailed For 2.5 Years For Fraud & Copyright Offenses


According to the anti-piracy group, Millington created and built a software package that enabled illegal access to BT Sport, Sky, Netflix and other subscription television content.

Justices Won't Hear 'Rosemary's Baby,' Illumina Cases

IP Law 360

as well as another over NBC's television movie version of the psychological horror film "Rosemary's Baby The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down appeals of a number of copyright, trademark and trade secrets cases, including one involving biotech firm Illumina Inc.

Truth or Fiction.or Copyright Infringement?

JD Supra Law

Author Denise Shull lost her challenge to the Showtime television show Billions, which she claims copied the character bearing her name in Shull’s book Market Mind Games: A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk.

Film Funder Sues Chicago Atty Over Legal Work On Cop Show

IP Law 360

A media investor claims in an Illinois state court lawsuit that the now-defunct Chicago law firm Crowley & Lamb PC and one its former named partners negligently advised him during the development of a television show based on the experiences of three ex-Chicago cops and failed to secure the life rights of the officers in question

Roku Remote Control Infringement Ruling To Get ITC Review

IP Law 360

International Trade Commission said Thursday it will review parts of a judge's July ruling holding that Roku's older television remote controls infringe a Universal Electronics patent and is seeking public comment on whether it should exclude Roku's products from being imported if infringement is found The U.S.

Federal Circuit Dismisses as Untimely Patent Defendant’s Interlocutory Appeal

JD Supra Law

Chesler’s decision to deny defendant LG Electronics’s (“LG”) motion to stay a retrial on damages in a patent infringement case involving plug-and-play technology for televisions, pending the resolution of an interlocutory appeal on liability issues. In a prior alert, we discussed Senior U.S.

Locast Exec Wants His Day In Court To 'Exonerate' Himself

IP Law 360

The operator of local broadcast streaming app Locast wants his copyright trial against the major networks to move forward as scheduled in November, saying it's unfair to force him to wait any longer to "exonerate" himself of allegations he operated a pirate television service

Founder of Piracy & Subtitling Site YYeTs Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison


During his trial it was determined that Renren Yingshi and related services offered 32,824 unauthorized film and television works to an estimated 6.83

The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 108: Scott Benzie on How Bill C-10 Ignored Canada’s Thriving Digital First Creators

Michael Geist

Yet the sector is thriving, with Canadian stars earning millions of dollars and attracting global audiences that often exceed Canada’s conventional film and television sector.

Malaysia’s IP HC Declares Selling of Streaming Devices ‘Illegal’ amid Copyright Issues

IP and Legal Filings

This is a welcome move because such activities result in multiple copyright infringement issues and this move will curb the sale of television boxes and devices.

3 Count: Pulp NFT

Plagiarism Today

Finally today, Colin Mann at Advanced Television reports that a Texas judge has entered a judgment against the South Asian pirate IPTV service Chitram TV. Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday.

Disney Seeks Analyst to Spot the Latest Online Piracy Trends


Online piracy remains the single largest threat for Hollywood’s movie studios. Most companies have entire departments dedicated to spotting infringing content, understanding the changing landscape, and figuring out how to respond.

SPARKS Piracy Bust: British Man Extradited to US to Face Criminal Conspiracy Charges


As alleged, George Bridi was a member of an international video piracy ring that circumvented copyright protections on nearly every movie released by major production studios, as well as television shows, and distributed them worldwide on the Internet,” says U.S.

After Being Sued By ACE, Nitro IPTV Now Faces a New DISH Network Lawsuit


The lawsuit alleged that Nitro TV offered subscription packages consisting of thousands of “live and title-curated television channels” available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the United States and abroad.

Apple's "buy" button that doesn't result in ownership may mislead consumers


20, 2021) iTunes allows consumers to “Rent” or “Buy” movies, television shows, music and other content. Andino v. Apple, Inc., 2021 WL 1549667, No. 2:20-cv-01628-JAM-AC (E.D. Renting is less expensive; buying leads the content to appear in a consumer’s “Purchased” folder.

Satirical Depiction in YouTube Video Gets Rough Treatment in Court

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

The video depicted its award as the well-known Emmy statuette with a coronavirus replacing the atom in the holder’s hands: The Television Academies, who own the IP rights to the statuette, targeted the video with a DMCA notice to YouTube, which YouTube honored.

Grand Jury Charges ‘Omi in a Hellcat’ With Conspiracy to Pirate Xfinity & Spectrum TV Services


“The Infringing Service delivered Video Content, including television shows and movies, to subscribers to the Infringing Service, in exchange for payment,” it reads.

Analysing the relationship between contemporary art and IPR

IP and Legal Filings

Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions Inc. However, the difference between the two has been elucidated in the case of Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions Inc. In this case, it was contended by television producers Sid and Marty Krofft that the H.R

Art 82

Rogers v Grimaldi doesn't apply to alcohol, but Peaky Blinders still can't get injunction


It submitted 14 social media posts “which it contends shows consumers and retailers attributed a particular source to Defendants’ liquor and Plaintiff’s television show.” Caryn Mandabach Prods. Sadlers Brewhouse Ltd., 2021 WL 2497928, No. CV 20-10220-CBM-(JEMx) (C.D.