“Sorry, I Didn’t Mean to Do That.”

The Supreme Court recently denied review of the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the case BWP Media v T&S Software, effectively allowing the Circuit Court’s finding (that volitional conduct is a requirement in cases alleging direct copyright infringement) to stand. The case involved an internet service provider (ISP) which hosted an online forum called “Hair Talk.” […] Read More

Whatever Happened to Cindy-Lou Who?

The court rendered a decision in a copyright dispute I wrote about earlier this year between playwright Matthew Lombardo and the estate of beloved children’s author Theodore Seuss Geisel (a/k/a “Dr. Seuss”). The issue was whether Lombardo had infringed on the Seuss copyright with his derivative play Who’s Holiday — or whether the play constituted […] Read More

Cutting Through the Confusion: The Second Circuit Decides Who’s on First

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has just rendered a decision regarding the classic Abbott and Costello bit, “Who’s on First?” (Full disclosure: I memorized the routine when I was a kid. My sons call me a nerd. They’re right.) The case involves the one-minute use of “Who’s on First” in a play entitled Hand […] Read More

Disney v. VidAngel Part 2: The Revenge of the Ninth Circuit

In late August, the 9th Circuit in California delivered a blow to a legal argument that was questionable to begin with, and was doomed by the defendant’s eagerness to share it. In Disney v. VidAngel, the culture war served as the background of a battle between content goliaths — Disney, LucasFilm, Twentieth Century Fox, and […] Read More

A Friend of a Friend Said… You Should Actually See a Lawyer

The other day a client sent me two pictures. One was of a someone else’s textile design, and the other was my client’s own rendering of it. The client said “We copied our design from their design. Can you tell us whether it’s infringing?” Rather than respond to the email, I called my client and reminded him […] Read More

It Takes All Sorts of Torts, Indeed!

A copyright dispute late last year forced a holiday play to go dark before the Rockefeller Center tree was ever lit. The suit centers around the play Who’s Holiday by Matthew Lombardo. No, the dispute is not over the apparent typo in the play’s name. Rather, it is that the defendant’s play is based on […] Read More