Show the Tattoo: Video Game Company Free to Depict Inked Basketball Stars

Four years ago, a company owning rights to tattoo art initiated a copyright infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York asserting that the makers of the popular NBA 2K games infringed its rights by creating avatars of real-life basketball players complete with their tattoos.  Recently, after full discovery […]

Court Upholds Group Registrations but Cuts “Look Back” to Three Years

Appellate Court Decides Important Copyright Issues Regarding Corbis Registrations and “Look Back” Period for Copyright Damages (Sohm v. Scholastic Inc., No. 18-2110, 2020 WL 2375056 (2d Cir. May 12, 2020) In a recent decision that finally resolved two outstanding copyright issues, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals—the appellate court encompassing New York—upheld the validity of […]

Senator Tillis Announces Judiciary Committee Initiative on IP

In a commentary letter posted on The Hill December 17th by Senator Thomas Tillis (R-N.C.) entitled Getting Back to Basics on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act  Tillis announced his intentions “to launch a major new initiative in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property to explore ways we can better promote the creative economy in […]

5 Copyright & IP Things You Missed at the DMLA 24th Annual Conference

When your product is “digital media” and the marketplace transaction is “licensing” nothing beats copyright and IP issues to draw a crowd. And this year was no exception at the Digital Media Licensing Association’s 24th Annual Conference recently held in LA.  The always popular Hot Topics In Legal, where senior-level legal experts and industry leaders […]

Artist v. Artist

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Lynn Goldsmith Et. Al. Fair Use broadens in Artist Works A recent court decision in the Second Circuit solidified the expanding and evolving scope of fair use in appropriation art, showing that obtaining a license to use other copyrighted works as artistic inspiration is not […]

Case Act Takes Big Step Forward

June 24, 2019 — DMLA board member Rick Gell, spoke briefly with Nancy Wolff, DMLA’s Senior Legal Counsel, who has been in the trenches fighting for the CASE Act on behalf of our content licensing community. The Case Act just took a big step in Congress. Nancy, briefly, what happened last week? The Case Act […]

PicRights Further Develops Global Copyright Enforcement Network with Expansion into Africa

New team in Johannesburg provides deep experience and a gateway to the African continent   June 4, 2019 – PicRights, a global leader in copyright enforcement, has added a new partner in Johannesburg, South Africa to monetize copyright infringements for the world’s leading news agencies, stock image agencies and independent photographers. No other copyright compliance […]

Permission Machine Announces the Opening of its French Office

      Permission Machine bvba has continued its international expansion by opening an office in Lille, France. It follows the opening of Permission Machine’s Los Angeles office in the U.S. last year. It will strengthen Permission Machine’s image search and infringement enforcement for all of its global clients. The new office will handle all […]

PicRights Advances Global Copyright Enforcement Network With New Partner in India

Team in Hyderabad joins long established network to monetize infringements for content owners PicRights Europe GmbH, a global leader in copyright compliance, has once again expanded its enforcement network. To monetize copyright infringements for the world’s leading content owners, PicRights has added an experienced team in Hyderabad, India as the newest enforcement partner. This will […]

DMLA Needs Member Support for CASE Act

Dear Members: May 2, 2019 was a big day for copyright advocacy in Washington D.C. as two companion bills (H.R. 2426 and S. 1273 ) were introduced in both the House and the Senate creating an alternative forum for hearing copyright infringement cases of relatively lesser value entitled the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement […]