Tag Archives: fair use

Offense Not Limited to the Field: The NFL’s Aggressive Push To Protect Its Trademarks

It’s that time of year again when the biggest event in professional football triggers all sorts of questions from broadcasters and advertisers about how that event may be mentioned in broadcast programming.  You guessed it:  I’m talking about the Super Bowl. Most people have undoubtedly heard the Super Bowl referred to as “the Big Game” … Continue Reading

Copyright Enters the Twilight Zone (A Series of Controversial Decisions May Not Be as Bad as They Seem: Part Two)

If you read the first part of this two-part post on some bizarre copyright decisions emanating from federal courts in 2018, you know I left you with a cliffhanger. Copyright law was seemingly turned on its head when a federal court judge in New York declared that embedding tweets with photos could be considered direct … Continue Reading

Simon Socking it to Seiko?

According to this article, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is suing timepiece maker Seiko for copyright infringement based on Seiko’s use of the melody to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as the wakeup chime for a line of alarm clocks.   The lesson behind this one is clear:  copyright infringement is not limited to unauthorized … Continue Reading

Ads Away . . . DVR Use Could Expand After Court Ruling

Score one for the cable guys…a big one.  A federal appeals court in New York has ruled that a cable company violates no copyrights when it provides virtual digital video recorder services, commonly known as "network DVRs".  Network DVRs store programming on the cable company’s computers.  That means TIVO-like service without the need of a … Continue Reading