Thursday, September 21, 2006
So is that a Record... for quickest copyright infringement suit after the launch of a new network? Reuters reports that "'Game' author sues CW over similarities." From the article: "The suit, filed September 14 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, claims Robinson gave a manuscript of the novel to 'Game' executive producer Mara Brock Akil in 2001, when she interviewed for a writers assistant post at Kelsey Grammer's Grammnet Prods. Akil and Grammnet are named as defendants in the suit, along with CW and its owners, CBS and Warner Bros."
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Thursday, September 14, 2006
Interesting Limitation. Reuters reports that "Judge orders made-for-TV band to change name." From the article: "But U.S. District Judge John Houston ruled on Wednesday that his court order does not apply to the CBS network's reality show 'Rock Star: Supernova,' which concluded that night when Toronto native Lukas Rossi was plucked from obscurity to become the new band's lead singer."
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Monday, September 11, 2006
So Should Stars Do Global Clearance Searches for Nicknames? E!Online reports that "Combs Must Get Riddy of Diddy." From the article: "Britain's Diddy sued the American version after the latter changed his stage name four-plus years ago. Combs, who had originally called himself Puffy, then Puff Daddy, then P. Daddy and then P. Diddy before abandoning the P altogether, was targeted in a lawsuit by his namesame across the pond, who claimed the British music market wasn't big enough for two similarly named artists. "
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Friday, September 08, 2006
An Interesting One to Watch. Law.com reports in "No Happy Ending for Net Movie Renters." From the article: "Netflix argues that it has patents covering its many online features, including allowing subscribers to keep DVDs for as long as they want without incurring a late fee, obtaining new DVDs upon return of those already watched and prioritizing their own personal movie list."
Posted by nerdlaw.org at 6:14 PM