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The copyright dispute over a Dr. Seuss/Star Trek mashup divided industries and intellectual property scholars, but it didn’t trouble the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at all. Instead, the court resoundingly rejected the fair use defense of the writers and publisher who placed Star Trek characters in the setting of Dr. Seuss’s best-selling book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and called it Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!
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By Stan Soocher
Current copyright litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland involving Clancy’s widow Alexandra and his former wife Wanda King is complex, but involves fundamental issues of copyright ownership.
By Alan R. Friedman
In response to a copyright claim in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that the Netflix series Stranger Things infringed on Irish Rover Entertainment’s unpublished screenplays, Netflix and the other defendants filed a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss, arguing that the works were not substantially similar as a matter of law.
By David Schnider
The audit clause is a necessary means for the licensor to protect its interests and to guard against unscrupulous licensees. But it is a mistake to think that the clause is there solely to prevent malfeasance.
By Scott Graham
The CASE Act fulfills the longstanding goal of the U.S. Copyright Office to establish a small claims court. The measure tasked the office with establishing the Copyright Claims Board and adopting governing regulations.