Last week, in Bikram’s Yoga College v. Evolation Yoga, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Bikram Yoga Sequence, familiar to many “Yogis” as a prime means of exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, is not subject to copyright protection.

Bikrim Choudhury is a self-proclaimed “Yogi to the stars” who has reportedly

It’s been a busy week for copyrights in the entertainment world.

For years, copyright mavens have enjoyed startling people with the news that Happy Birthday to You is copyright-protected.  On Tuesday, a federal court in Los Angeles cast doubt on that copyright lore by holding that the copyright claimant, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., does not, in

In this third and final blog of our series on social media promotion we are looking at use of content posted by others, particularly in the context of “linking” and “framing.”

“Linking” is a well-known method of providing an Internet user with the ability to jump from one site or page to another via hyperlink.  The link may redirect the user to content posted by others with no connection to the host site.  “Framing” is similar to linking but the user views the third-party content in a window or “frame” on the host site.  This distinction may be significant because without redirection the user may be unaware that the framed content is being generated by a third party.

There are a number of legal issues that may be implicated by linking and framing, including contract, trademark and copyright law.  Many social media providers include terms of use that place restrictions on the use of content available through their service.  Linking or framing may violate those restrictions, which could lead to account deactivation and the like.  Deactivation can be a significant problem for commercial users who use those sites for promotion and customer interaction.
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Aereo, Inc. thought it had found a legal and clever way to deliver broadcast television programming to its subscribers inexpensively via the Internet.  Aereo “rented” equipment to its subscribers that captured and streamed broadcast programming at about the same time the programs broadcast over the air.

Aereo had designed its business model to take advantage

Do you infringe your tattoo artist’s copyrights by removing, modifying, or even publically displaying your tattoo?  The answer is actually far from clear.  Putting aside the question of whether a particular tattoo design is “original” enough to be afforded copyright protection – an issue in every copyright infringement action – the overarching question is whether