When a Musical Misstep by Disney Means Millions, It’s Hard to Let It Go!
December 27, 2017
How many times have you heard your kids singing Let It Go!, the pinnacle and pivotal song from Disney’s $1.3B hit, Frozen? Even with an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Chilean artist, Jamie Ciero, in his recent copyright infringement suit against Disney over the song that’s worth millions is claiming: it is not original. We’ll let you decide.
Trademark Tarnish Proves Tough for Disney
November 21, 2017
Anna or Elsa? Even as adults, many of us can immediately recognize dozens of Disney’s animated icons. If a character trademark translates to $1.2B in sales, it’s worth protecting. But as Disney’s infringement suit against Characters for Hire shows: trademark tarnishment can be tough to prove.
A 28M Lesson from Bill Nye: Get an Audit Guy
September 26, 2017
When you get a note from your licensee saying they made a $500,000 accounting error, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist—just a bit of a science guy—to become suspicious. When your case hinges on more than science, you need the right audit guy.
Patentability Post-Alice: Cracking the Code
September 5, 2017
Another digital data conversion patent bites the Alice dust. Since the controversial Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International opinion was issued in 2014, courts have been striking software patents left and right. The latest Alice victim, an image-processing patent holder battling Nintendo, has commentators calling rulings like this a threat to software patents worldwide.
ATT to Buy Time Warner for 85B Will Trump “Trump” It
November 8, 2016
Coined as the “biggest deal in the world this year,” it’s no surprise Donald Trump has an opinion on it. Would AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner for $85 billion put too much power in the hands of too few? The DOJ is watching and all are speculating whether it will stop this mega media deal.
To Apple, Love Taylor: Apple Responds with Royalties
August 4, 2015
“To Apple, Love Taylor” has been the tweet heard ‘round the music world. Taylor Swift emerged recently as the “loudest” voice to echo demands and lawsuits from numerous artists for higher royalty payments from music-streaming services. Considering Swift’s 61 million followers worldwide, it is no surprise that when Taylor “streams” for royalties, Apple responds.
Expert Witness Soap Opera Plays Out in Federal Court as Daubert Motions Fail
January 5, 2015
As a battle brews between two Spanish-language television networks over copyright claims of their respective soap operas, Miami Federal Court Judge Jonathan Goodman has found himself having to evaluate telenovela experts and act as a Daubert gatekeeper.
Rock-and-Rollers Seeking Royalties Run Smack into Daubert
November 14, 2014
Decades after their time in the spotlight, former members of the Scottish pop band the Bay City Rollers decided to pursue litigation to recover tens of millions of dollars in allegedly unpaid royalties. Read more to learn about how the exclusion of expert testimony played a role in the type of evidence brought to the jury in this trial.