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Pinterest’s Challenging Copyright Issues, Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about the online image sharing site Pinterest and some of the copyright law questions it raises – click here for the beginning of my discussion of Pinterest copyright issues. Today I wanted to expand on some of those legal issues, and discuss whether individual users should be concerned about liability – can I be sued for copyright infringement just for using Pinterest to share images I find online?

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Pinterest’s Challenging Copyright Issues, Part 1

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the copyright issues raised by Pinterest, a popular social image sharing site. Here’s one recent article about Pinterest; here’s another. What are the key points to understand about Pinterest and the legal questions it raises? Read on for Part 1 of this discussion on Pinterest copyright issues. Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.

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A Long Time Ago, in a Parody Far Far Away…

If you’re a fan of the original Star Wars movies, then you’ll love Star Wars: Uncut, a viral video created by hundreds of fans around the world. Each fan claimed 15 seconds from the original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) and re-filmed it using whoever and whatever they liked – animation, live action, their pets, Star Wars Legos, you name it. The entire film was put together and can be watched online. The Star Wars movies are copyrighted, subject to trademark protection, and probably covered by alien forms of intellectual property law known only by George Lucas and…

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And the Award for Best Trademark Goes To…

While the Oscars aren’t technically a legal holiday, the spirit of the season does seem to fit in with my series on Holiday Trademarks. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences owns several Oscar-related trademarks, including: A design trademark for the image of the little gold man himself. OSCAR. OSCARS. ACADEMY AWARDS. OSCAR NIGHT. A.M.P.A.S. SUNDAY AT THE OSCARS. What about the names of the movies themselves? As if you didn’t already have it memorized, the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, 8th Edition, Section 1202.08 (stay with me here) states, in part: “The title, or a portion of a…

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