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“Star Wars is still Star Wars, even without Princess Leia’s bikini scene,” said federal Circuit Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz in denying an appeal by the movie-filtering service VidAngel to lift an injunction that has kept its technology off the market since December 2016. Disney Enterprises v. VidAngel Inc., 16-56843. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld an injunction entered by the Central District of California on the request of three Hollywood studios: Disney, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. The order prevents VidAngel from selling its technology that allows people to filter movies to remove content the user finds offensive.
By Lawrence E. Ashery
Fans of movies about fictional superheroes are probably familiar with Captain America and his miraculous shield. Recently, however, his shield showed up in a most unlikely place: the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
By Stan Soocher
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina dismissed a conversion counterclaim by rapper Chingy against his former business manager Leslie King, who is a lawyer, on the ground that the artist hadn’t established that a royalty purchase agreement he signed with the lawyer was void for allegedly violating the state’s attorney ethics rule. However, the district court allowed the artist to pursue the ethics rule as an affirmative defense in the underlying lawsuit the attorney’s music company has filed against Chingy.
By Scott Graham
The Spanish foundation that administers the intellectual property rights of famed surrealist Salvador Dalí is suing a Monterey, CA, museum that displays a permanent Dalí exhibition and uses the artist’s name and likeness to promote it.
By Michael I. Rudell and Neil J. Rosini
It is rare that a hit network television series is cancelled, as recently occurred with the ABC series Roseanne. But when that happens, the immediate and long-term implications for the network, producers, talent and other entities related to the series can be significant.