The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 122: Monica Song on Banning Russia Today From the Canadian Television System

Michael Geist

Responses have included demands that Russia Today, a television network backed by the Russian government, be removed from cable and satellite systems. Show Notes: CRTC, RT and RT France can no longer be distributed by Canadian television service providers.

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

The IP Law Blog

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.


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Bankruptcy Trustee Sues Over “Muppet Babies” Reboot

Copyright Lately

Legal Filings Bankruptcy Fictional Characters 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.

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.

11th Circ. Affirms Telemundo Win In TV Series Copyright Suit

IP Law 360

The Spanish language television network Telemundo Television Studios LLC did not violate a copyright agreement by producing a telenovela series beyond a second season, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Monday, affirming a Florida federal court's finding

NFTs: The Harbinger of Property Rights in the Metaverse?

JD Supra Law

They have been featured in high profile television commercials during the Olympics and the Super Bowl. Non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) continue to dominate the crypto-zeitgeist. It is beyond dispute that they are currently a major economic and cultural force.

Showtime Beamed Up Into TM Suit Over UFO Docuseries

IP Law 360

UFO Magazine has hit Showtime Network with a trademark suit in Wyoming federal court over a four-part docuseries centered on extraterrestrial phenomena, contending the show's title infringes its registered mark for television and motion pictures

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.

Incorporating TV & Film at Work – Why You Should, And How to Honor Copyright

Velocity of Content

You may be familiar with the phrase, “the Golden Age of Television.” It is being used to describe the proliferation of high-quality television shows across broadcast, cable, satellite, and streaming platforms that we currently enjoy.

Dish Wants $3.5M Default Win In Arabic Channel Theft Case

IP Law 360

million fight over a website that the satellite company says has been illegally providing access to Arabic language television channels that it has exclusive rights to Dish Network is asking a Texas federal court to declare it the winner by default in a $3.4

MGM Tells 9th Circ. Starz Filed Licensing Suit Too Late

IP Law 360

MGM Domestic Television Distribution LLC told the Ninth Circuit during oral arguments Thursday that Starz Entertainment waited too long to sue over claims the movie studio unit breached their agreements by licensing films to Starz competitors that were supposed to be exclusive to Starz's platform

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.

LG’s Recent Infringement Fight Against TCL Could Take Some Tips from DivX’s Approach

IP Watchdog

filed suit against Chinese television manufacturer, TCL, through several of its affiliates and related entities, in the Eastern District of Texas for patent infringement. On April 21, 2022, LG Electronics Inc.

Fed. Circ. Revives Rovi Patent That Comcast Got PTAB To Ax

IP Law 360

The Federal Circuit has reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision to invalidate an interactive television patent asserted against Comcast by media company Rovi Guides, holding Tuesday that the PTAB used an incorrect claim construction to find that all of the claims were obvious based on prior art

3 Count: Hey Mickey!

Plagiarism Today

He had actually had the lawsuit dismissed once before in November after he failed to show that that anyone involved in either the comic of television series had access to his work. Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday.

Life in The Fast Lane: How Urban Car Ads Depicting 'Street Art' Can Backfire - Kattison Avenue/Katten Kattwalk | Issue 1

JD Supra Law

Television commercials depict sturdy, reliable trucks hauling tons of cargo; four-wheel drive SUVs navigating perilous terrain in extreme weather conditions; and sleek sedans cruising through cityscapes of gleaming skyscrapers and funky urban streets.

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.

TV Cos. Say SAG-AFTRA's 'Baseless' Royalties Suit Must End

IP Law 360

AT&T and DirecTV affiliates urged a California federal judge to toss SAG-AFTRA's suit alleging the companies owe union members royalties for a television show based on Stephen King's novel "Mr. Mercedes," saying in a motion filed Monday that the businesses are not contractually obligated to make the payments

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.

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

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

Producers Of Stephen King Series Owe Royalties, TV Cos. Say

IP Law 360

AT&T and DirecTV affiliates told a California federal judge that the broadcasters were not liable for royalties owed to SAG-AFTRA-represented performers on a television show based on Stephen King's novel "Mr. Mercedes," saying the producers for the series were responsible for making the payments

You Know His Name (Jason). You Know the Story (Friday the 13th). But Do You Know Who Owns Jason? The Second Circuit Does - and the Answer May Surprise You.

JD Supra Law

movies released as part of the Friday the 13th series of horror films, as well as a television series. As of today, there have been twelve (yes, twelve!) For those of you who have not seen any of these films, they are not for the faint of heart. By: Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Breaking Bad Contests Trademark of BAKING BAD Cooking Show

LexBlog IP

IPNews® – On January 31, 2022, Sony Pictures Television filed a trademark opposition against a trademark application that was filed for BAKING BAD.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Sports & Entertainment Spotlight: Could Kanye “Ye” West’s Stem Player Create a Number of Copyright Issues?

JD Supra Law

As the torch is extinguished on, by most metrics (television ratings, in particular) a fairly underwhelming Olympic games, we turn our attention (limited as it may have been) from the five Olympic rings to the three rings (of the big top tent variety) that never seem far behind Kanye “Ye” West.

3 Count: Calling Duty

Plagiarism Today

However, this move comes after Gunn appeared on WWE television and WWE tweeted a photo of Gunn and a performer backstage. Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Activision Sues Yet Another Call Of Duty Warzone Cheat Distributor.

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.

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.

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