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The State is Still Free to Plunder Your Copyrights: Jim Olive Photography v. University of Houston
As we have covered here before, a state’s sovereign immunity can be an insurmountable barrier to holding any state entity liable for copyright infringement. In Allen v. Cooper, the Supreme Court held that Congress did not validly revoke state sovere...
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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert in Three IP Cases
The United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in a widely-publicized right of publicity case and two closely-watched copyright cases during the last week of June. In the publicity case, Hamilton v. Speight, Lenwood Hamilton, who wrestled profess...
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Washington Supreme Court Holds That YouTuber Is Not a Member of the “News Media”
On May 27, 2021, the Washington Supreme Court held that an individual, Brian Green, and his YouTube channel, Libertys Champion, do not meet the definition of “news media” for purposes of the state’s Public Records Act (PRA) and were therefore not ent...
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SCOTUS Issues Long-Awaited TCPA Ruling Narrowing The Definition Of An Autodialer
On April 1, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in Facebook v. Duguid, which limited what qualifies as an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The Court unanimously h...
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Google v. Oracle and the Future of Copyright in APIs
The Supreme Court has now come out with its decision in the long-running Google v. Oracle case. To take a deeper dive, we’ve invited David O’Neill, CEO of APIMetrics to help us analyze the true impact of the decision. First, some background: Oracle...
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USPTO Addresses Gender Inequality in the Patent Bar
The USPTO has recently received criticism about the lack of gender equality in the patent bar, which is composed of people who have passed the USPTO registration exam. To take the patent bar, one does not have to be an attorney, but one has to have...
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