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Florida Residents: Do This to Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Vote early and use dropbox. Instructions below. With arguably the most important election in our nation’s history taking place this November, it is increasingly important that voters develop a plan to ensure their votes count. While this firm cannot and is not providing legal advice, we do offer the following information for Florida residents.  …

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Ohio Residents: Do This to Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Vote early and use dropbox. Instructions below. With the Presidential General Election rapidly approaching, Ohio residents should be aware of the voting options available to them. Developing a plan to vote increases the likelihood of your ballot being counted. While this firm cannot and is not providing legal advice, we do offer the following information…

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California Residents: Do This to Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Vote early and use dropbox. Instructions below. With the Presidential General Election rapidly approaching, every California voter should have a plan to vote.   In the midst of a pandemic, voting at the polls may not be a viable option for many Californians. Fortunately, the state of California offers alternative ways for its residents to…

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Pennsylvania Residents: Do This to Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Vote early and use dropbox. Instructions below. With the Presidential General Election rapidly approaching, Pennsylvania residents should be aware of the voting options available to them. Developing a plan to vote increases the likelihood that your ballot will be counted. While this firm cannot and is not providing legal advice, we do offer the following…

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The Weeknd Clears Two Copyright Hurdles

On July 22, 2020, in what has become a busy summer of copyright litigation for pop artist, The Weeknd, Judge Percy Anderson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by three UK songwriters over The Weeknd’s 2016 song, “A Lonely Night.”   On April…

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Full 9th Circ. Denies Disney’s Bid To Undo ‘Pirates’ IP Ruling – By Kevin Stawicki

Law360 (August 31, 2020, 8:58 PM EDT) — The Ninth Circuit has left in place a ruling that revived a copyright lawsuit claiming the Walt Disney Co. stole an unproduced screenplay to create the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise.   The en banc court on Friday denied the Hollywood powerhouse’s request to undo a…

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Ed Sheeran Lawsuit Resumed Following Wake of Zeppelin Decision

In a March 24, 2020 ruling, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York decided that the court will probably bar jurors from listening to Marvin Gaye’s classic recording of “Let’s Get It On” during an ongoing copyright infringement case against Ed Sheeran concerning his song, “Thinking Out Loud.”   In their 2016…

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Ninth Circuit Revives Playwright’s IP Suit Against Producers of “Shape of Water”

In a rare victory for screenwriters, on June 22, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the United States District Court for the Central District of California’s dismissal of a copyright infringement suit which alleged that Director Guillermo del Toro plagiarized Paul Zindel’s play, “Let Me Hear You Whisper,” in…

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“Comic-Con” Wins Again

On April 20, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit fended off an attack on the validity of the “Comic-Con” trademark owned by the San Diego Comic Convention (“SDCC”). Back in 2017, a California federal jury found that Dan Farr Productions, the company behind a Utah event called “Salt Lake Comic…

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Professional Photographer Gets Second Shot at Copyright Victory

On June 24, 2020, Judge Kimba M. Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a rare motion for reconsideration regarding a professional photographer’s copyright infringement suit against the media website, Mashable. Around two years ago, on January 29, 2018, Stephanie Sinclair, a professional photographer whose work has…

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