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In dual lawsuits filed on Feb. 7, 2022, the estates of Robin Williams and George Carlin accuse Pandora Media of willfully infringing the legendary comedians’ registered copyrights in their “spoken word compositions” — their standup routines — by streaming the sound recordings that embody those routines without a license to use these works. Robin Williams Trust v. Pandora Media, No. 22-cv-815 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 7, 2022); Main Sequence, Ltd. v. Pandora Media, No. 22-cv-810 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 7, 2022).
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By Robert E. Browne and Michael D. Hobbs
Copyright holders would be well advised to familiarize themselves with the Copyright Claims Board for resolving copyright infringement claims and to consider its benefits and potential downsides in bringing or defending copyright infringement actions.
Part One of this article discussed the passing of the Economic Espionage Act to combat the growing concerns surrounding trade secret theft and the criminal components of trade secret theft. Part Two covers considerations in favor of approaching federal authorities on trade secrets theft. Part Three concludes the series with a look at the potential consequences in approaching federal authorities on trade secrets theft.
By Stan Soocher
When it comes to expressive content, disputes over trademark rights in titles of creative works are commonly fought under the federal Lanham Act. Many of these battles play out in courts in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which has well-developed legal guidelines on the subject
By Eric Alan Stone and Catherine Nyarady
In a case that may have significant implications for the ability of mark holders to enforce their marks against many types of products, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is now considering whether consumer products such as sneakers can be considered “expressive works” to which First Amendment protections can apply.