2nd Circuit Panel Awards Partial Victory to Models Over Strip Club Ads

2nd Circuit Panel Awards Partial Victory to Models Over Strip Club Ads

By Steven T. Lowe / April 13, 2021

In October 2015, multiple models, including “Baywatch” actress Carmen Electra (“Electra”) (collectively the “models”), filed suit against various New York strip clubs alleging that such clubs used their likeness in intentionally misleading advertisements without permission or payment. As a result of this misuse, the models claimed that they were substantially damaged because the success of…

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11th Circuit Determines that Stephen King Did Not Copy Comic Hero

By Steven T. Lowe / April 13, 2021

On February 23, 2021, the Eleventh Circuit Court held that Stephen King’s protagonist in “The Dark Tower” book series did not copy the hero in late comic book writer William B. DuBay’s “The Rook” series. Benjamin DuBay, the nephew of William DuBay, filed a lawsuit in 2017 alleging that fictional character Roland Deschain of “The…

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The Ninth Circuit Disallows Fair Use Defense for Dr. Seuss-Star Trek “Mashup”

By Steven T. Lowe / March 16, 2021

On December 18, 2020, the Ninth Circuit ruled that ComicMix’s comic book mashup of Dr. Seuss and Star Trek was not protected by the “fair use” doctrine in copyright law. A mashup is a work created by combining elements from two or more sources. ComicMix had created a comic book called “Oh, the Places You’ll…

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