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Wisconsin Adopts “Single-Publication Rule” For Internet Defamation

By Elizabeth T Russell • Jan 28th, 2010 • Category: Newest Post, Sports & Entertainment Law

On January 27, 2010 the Wisconsin Court of Appeals adopted the “single publication rule” for defamation cases. Bottom line: once defamatory material is published online, subsequent “hits” or visits to that material do not constitute re-publication and the statute of limitations does not renew. Wisconsin courts had not previously addressed this issue.
Bob Uecker is [...]

Google Book Settlement Deadline Extended

By Elizabeth T Russell • Apr 29th, 2009 • Category: Newest Post, Sports & Entertainment Law

Authors and publishers now have until September 4, 2009 to decide whether to stay in or opt out of the class action lawsuit settlement involving Google’s Book Search service. The previous deadline had been May 5.
CNET NEWS reports that Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued [...]

Advise Authors and Publishers About Google Book Settlement

By Elizabeth T Russell • Mar 12th, 2009 • Category: Newest Post, Sports & Entertainment Law

If you counsel a book author, book publisher or any other person who owns a copyright in a “Book” or an “Insert,” a class action settlement regarding Google’s practice of scanning and displaying in-copyright works might affect your client’s rights.
If you haven’t heard about the Google Book Settlement, visit the settlement website and get up to speed. Do [...]

RIAA Lawsuits to End?

By Elizabeth T Russell • Dec 20th, 2008 • Category: Newest Post, Sports & Entertainment Law

The Wall Street Journal reports that the recording industry is abandoning its 5-year offensive against those who allegedly download music illegally. The RIAA has sued thousands since commencing its litigation campaign in 2003, and now appears to be admitting that its tactics have done very little to achieve reductions in online piracy.
It appears that the [...]

School Colors: Use Can Be Trademark Infringement

By Elizabeth T Russell • Dec 20th, 2008 • Category: Intellectual Property Law, Newest Post, Sports & Entertainment Law

The Fifth Circuit has ruled in favor of four universities (Lousiana State University, the University of Oklahoma, Ohio State University and the University of Southern California) against an apparel company that sold t-shirts with the schools’ color schemes and other identifying indicia referencing the games of the schools’ football teams.
Said the court: “We conclude that [...]