• Features

    The Recent Court and Regulatory Battles Behind the Net Neutrality Controversy

    Barry Skidelsky

    Though it has been a news focus recently, the legal issue of “net neutrality,” or an open Internet, has been a point of contention between Internet access providers and network users since the mid-1990s. Both sides have zealously but unsuccessfully lobbied Congress with multiple efforts to have desired legislation passed. This has left us instead with shifting regulatory actions taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attempting to address the issue.

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  • Features

    Decision of Note: Charitable Immunity Statute Protects Private University from Concert Suit

    Michael Booth

    A woman who fell and injured herself while attending a country music concert at Monmouth University cannot sue the school for damages, a New Jersey appeals court ruled in a divided decision that potentially sets the case up to be heard by the state Supreme Court.

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  • Features

    More Developments in NFL Concussion Litigation

    Max Mitchell

    Several leading law firms in the National Football League concussion settlement litigation are taking issue with an expert report that suggested slashing attorney fee recoveries. More than 10 law firms have filed responses to a December expert report that recommended capping attorney fees.

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  • Features

    Trademark Board’s Precedential Ruling on Use in Commerce

    Howard J. Shire and Jeremy S. Boczko

    In a nearly 50-page precedential opinion in a ruling of great significance to the entertainment industry, a TTAB panel of judges recently underscored the need to prove actual use in commerce in order to register a trademark, regardless of how low the standard for use under the Lanham Act has recently become.

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  • Features

    An IP Protection Primer for Entertainment Tech Startups

    Dr. Dariush Adli

    The tech-heavy entertainment industry is an active field for tech startup companies developing potential patents and trade secrets. But many cash conscious startups are forced to initially neglect protection planning for these intellectual property assets, instead allocating scarce resources to set up and initial operation costs. This article suggests some practical and economical steps for startups, especially those with tight finances, to protect what may become valuable patents and trade secrets.

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  • Columns & Departments

    Bit Parts

    Stan Soocher

    Eleventh Circuit Affirms Permanent Injunction Against Former Commodores’ Member over Use of Group’s Name
    Federal Court Ruling in Trademark Battle over “Row”
    Political Uses of Photos of Artists Ruled Transformative Fair Uses of Copyrights

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