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What to do if someone cla…

What to do if someone claims you have an infringing picture on your website

What should you do if you get a scary letter on law firm letterhead claiming that a photo on your website or in your social media post infringes someone’s copyright and demanding thousands of dollars in damages? Your first step should be to call yo… Read More
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New York Times Sues OpenAI and Microsoft for Copyright Infringement

At the end of December, the New York Times sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, claiming that their generative AI (GAI or GenAI) tools were trained on articles published by the Times without its authorization. There have been similar… Read More
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Court Dismisses Netflix “Tiger King” Tattoo Copyright Case

A US district court has granted Netflix’s motion to dismiss a claim for copyright infringement by a tattoo artist whose work was shown in the Tiger King series. The case is Cramer v. Netflix, Inc. In March 2020, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Moll… Read More
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Third Circuit Deems Watermelon Candy Color and Shape “Functional”

The Third Circuit has upheld a district court’s decision that a candy company may not trademark the color and shape of its watermelon candy because these features are “functional”: they tell consumers that the candies are watermelon flavored. T… Read More
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IP in the Fashion Industry

After enduring years of pandemic-related restrictions, lockdowns, layoffs, and uncertainty, nations across the globe are gradually reopening. Employees return to their offices as restrictions ease, and consumers seek new products to embrace a post-pa… Read More
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Does using art to train AI violate copyright law?

We’ve previously discussed the uproar over copyrighted works being used to train artificial intelligence (AI) tools to create “new” works using generative AI software like ChatGPT. Reuters reports that a group of artists sued Stability AI, Midj… Read More
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AI Training Models and Website Terms of Use

We’ve been writing about artificial intelligence (AI) a lot recently, and for good reason. AI technology is improving rapidly–especially in generative AI (GAI) – and influencing everything from venture capital investments to Hollywood strikes t… Read More
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Trademark Board Finds Building Designs Can Be Protected as Trade Dress

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has ruled that building designs can potentially be protected as trade dress. As Nolo explains, Trade dress is the overall appearance or total feel of a particular product or service. It consists of all the… Read More
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Federal Circuit Affirms P…

Federal Circuit Affirms Patent Win for Netflix

The Federal Circuit has issued a non-precedential ruling affirming a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that claims in a Broadcom patent related to video-on-demand technology were unpatentable. The Broadcom patents at issue were cha… Read More
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Adobe Releases “Infringement-Free” AI Image Generator

Adobe recently released an AI image generator that it claims won’t infringe third-party intellectual property (IP) rights. The new generative AI tool is called Abobe Firefly and it’s in beta for enterprise in Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Expres… Read More
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