“Blurred Lines” Copyright Infringement: Implications for Software Developers

Yesterday, a federal jury found that the song “Blurred Lines” (by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Clifford Harris, Jr.) was substantially similar to the song “Got to Give it Up” (by Marvin Gaye) and awarded over $7 million in copyright infringement damages.  Because the similarities between the songs were largely based on several very small […]

New Jersey District Court Decision Provides A New Reason for Copyright Owners to Register Early

The mantra of copyright lawyers is that “copyright subsists from the moment of creation.”  While that is true, it’s not the whole story.  A recent New Jersey District Court has decided a case of first impression as to whether a copyright holder must have a registration in hand in (as opposed to having merely filed […]

Evolutionism vs. Creationism Battle Over Trademark Rights

In a trademark battle reminiscent of the famous 1925 battle between Williams Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, ScienceFriday, Inc., owner of an NPR science based radio show called SCIENCE FRIDAY, has filed suit against  the Bob Enyart and Fred Williams operators of creationist website and radio show operated under the brand REAL SCIENCE FRIDAY. According […]

Keyword Advertising – Trademark Infringement or Not?

I’ve been getting inquiries about keyword advertising. This is where a company buys a keyword from a search engine and when someone searches that word, the company’s ad is displayed. These ads are also links to the advertiser’s website. Google uses their trademark “Adwords” for this service. All in all, this can be an effective […]