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August 19, 2015

Lindsay Lohan is in the legal news again, giving us an excellent opportunity to illustrate some legal principles about the unauthorized use of a celebrity’s name (be it Lindsay Lohan or Rosa Parks) in a song or other artistic work.
 

Ms. Lohan has let her lawyers loose on the rap singer Armando Perez, better known as “...

August 18, 2015

 

Malibu Media, LLC v. Funderburg, 2015 WL 1887754 (N.D.Ill. 2015) discusses the governing standards for obtaining a default judgment in Federal court in a decidedly post-modern fact context.  The plaintiff adult film producer sued the defendant for copyright infringement based on the viewer defendant’s unauthorized mo...

July 21, 2015

 

‘Shuffle’ Case is Just in Time for Football Season
 

Since football season is upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to write about one of the most amazing football films ever made. No, it is not “Knute Rockne, All American” (1940) or “Rudy” (1993). It’s not “Friday Night Lights,” “The Blind Side” (2009) or even “...

July 21, 2015

 

On January 30, 1939, Adolf Hitler gave a speech to the Nazi Reichstag. He told his followers, “In the course of my life I have very often been a prophet, and usually been ridiculed for it….Today I will once more be a prophet: If the international Jewish financiers in and outside of Europe should succeed in plunging t...

July 20, 2015

 

Who knew that the most famous image of the greatest basketball player of all time was inspired by a Nureyev-like ballet move called a grand jeté? The basketball player, of course, is Michael Jordan and the image is the ubiquitous silhouette that can be seen on every pair of Air Jordan shoes. It has become known as Ni...

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Copyright Act Doesn’t Pre-empt Shufflin Crew’s Right of Publicity Suit – Northern District of Illinois

August 25, 2015

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