First Sale Doctrine

In 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., which involves the application of the copyright laws to the time-honored American tradition of buying cheap and selling dear. The facts in Kirtsaeng were straightforward. A foreign graduate student studying mathematics at USC realized one day [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:21:52+00:00August 29th, 2019|Copyrights, International, Trademarks|0 Comments

Entertainment: Barbie Wars

Barbie is, of course, an American icon known to virtually every man, woman and child in the United States. Even if you are a man (and played with G.I. Joe as a boy), your sisters played with Barbies, or your cousins did, or the girls down the street had tea parties with Barbie in [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:22:13+00:00August 28th, 2019|Business, Copyrights, Entertainment, Trademarks|0 Comments

Copyright Fallacies

On a sunny Thursday afternoon my cohorts prodded me out of a haze of pre-trial preparation and induced me to slay some urban legends about copyright. Though most of this information is available elsewhere, this is a simple primer for anyone who wants to learn the basics of copyright. (1)  No copyright notice ≠ no [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:23:48+00:00August 21st, 2019|Business, International, Trademarks|0 Comments