Archive | November 2011

Porn Studio Sues HTC

By: Maria Cheung

Vivid Entertainment, a porn studio, claims that HTC, the company that manufactures Android phones, has infringed its trademark in the name Vivid by using the mark for one of its newest smartphones, the HTC Vivid. Vivid Entertainment has threatened to sue the electronic company for trademark infringement and trademark dilution. It has most recently issued HTC a cease and desist letter on this matter.

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INTA Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Christian Louboutin

By Jaiana Casanova

Reviewed by Kyu Hee Chu

As the Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent saga continues, following Tiffany’s, the International Trademark Association (INTA) has filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit in support of Christian Louboutin’s famous red-sole. In this brief, INTA argues that the lower court’s decision for preliminary injunction should be vacated and remanded on the basis that the court erred in its analysis of the validity of the trademark and that they did not properly apply the aesthetic functionality doctrine.

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When Opinions Can Get You In Trouble

By Alison Parker 

Reviewed by Jennifer Williams

I studied journalism in college and if I learned anything, it was that as journalists, we hold ourselves out to be the fourth branch of government; it is our duty to objectively report the state of affairs in an informed and unbiased manner. Sure, a lot of news out there today may appear to be a bit liberal or a bit conservative, and some sources are definitely sensational at times. But despite attempts to sell papers, or in this day and age, to get clicks, the journalistic oath remains in tact. There are certain jobs where giving your two bits is acceptable, but being a journalist certainly isn’t one of them.

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Selena Gomez’s Crazy Stalker Drama

By Alison Parker 

Reviewed by Jennifer Williams

Selena Gomez was denied a permanent restraining order in court–but not because her stalker wasn’t deemed threatening enough, but because he failed to appear in court. Although 36-year-old alleged stalker Thomas Bronicki has been released from jail, he currently resides at a psychiatric ward in an unnamed hospital in Los Angeles. The judge did, however, extend Ms. Gomez’s temporary restraining order so that she could have some protection in the meantime until the next hearing, which is scheduled for January 6. If Mr. Bronicki appears for that hearing, the judge will then determine whether a permanent restraining order, which can last for 1-3 years subject to renewal, is warranted.

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Casey Anthony’s Prosecutor Tells All

 

By Alison Parker 

Reviewed by Jennifer Williams

The Casey Anthony trial was a media frenzy and has continued to be a subject of fascination even after the delivery of the verdict. One of prosecutors at Anthony’s trial, Jeff Ashton, recently published a book about the trial, called Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony. The book discusses certain evidence that did not get into court, Casey’s different versions of what happened to her daughter, and even goes as far as to call the defense team “liars.” In an Orlando Sentinel article, Ashton told reporters that he thought that “most attorneys would find many of the things [he talked about] in the book to be ethically objectionable” and suggested that it may be subject to ethics probes in the future. While I haven’t read the book, this statement got me curious. Why would an attorney knowingly do something that he felt would subject him to an ethics probe?

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Who will get to say “YUP” in music and TV?— The legal battle over a simple utterance

By Kelli Coughlin 

Reviewed by Jennifer Williams

We’ve all become accustomed to various catchphrases that have become increasingly used and recognized in our popular culture.  But never before has this blogger recognized the word “YUP” as one of these so called catchphrases.

Last week, rapper and hip hop artist Trey Songz was sued by Dave Hester, who is the star of the reality series “Storage Wars” on A&E.  But this lawsuit is the just the intermediary between these two entertainers who are battling for use of the word.  Trey Songz had previously sent a cease and desist letter to Hester that demanded the reality star to immediately refrain from using the phrase “YUP” in his television show, in addition to abstaining from selling merchandise that depicts the word.

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Andy Samberg Sued for Copyright Infringement

By Maria Cheung

Reviewed by Jennifer Williams

Comedian Andy Samberg is facing a copyright lawsuit over his Saturday Night Live (“SNL”) digital shorts “Shy Ronnie” and “Like A Boss.” The lawsuit was filed in a New York federal court in early November by St. Louis musicians and production team Aleric “Rick tha Ruler” Banks and Monique Hines against Samberg, The Lonely Island (Samberg’s comedy troup/band), SNL, Universal Republic Records and NBC Universal for willful copyright infringement and unjust enrichment. According to court documents, Banks and Hines claim they created and copyrighted the music that formed the basis for “Shy Ronnie” and “Like A Boss.”

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