Social Media Trademark Protections

Mindi M. Richter

Mindi M. Richter

One social media issue that continues to rise in popularity is what if anything a client can do when a third party reserves a social media username that is the same or close to the client’s registered trademark.  Although it is no doubt a frustrating occurrence, the answer on whether anything can be done is the same as it is for many legal issues, which is that it depends.  Most social media outlets have policies governing potential trademark infringement and provide an opportunity for a complaint regarding the same to be submitted directly to the outlet. Continue reading

Reviewing Social Media Use by Potential Jurors

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James Carnes

In a recent Federal Judicial Center survey of nearly 500 federal judges, 120 of those judges said they do not allow lawyers to conduct online research of prospective jurors during voir dire. One of the stated reasons for the prohibition was concern for the privacy of jurors. That prohibition could change in light of an American Bar Association (“ABA”) opinion that was issued after the survey. Continue reading

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U.S. Copyright Office: Non-Humans Need Not Apply

Regina M. Joseph

Regina M. Joseph

British nature photographer David Slater reportedly took an expensive trip to Indonesia to snap nature pictures. He set up his equipment in the wild and left it for a while to see what it would pick up. And it did. A macaca nigra monkey became intrigued and snapped hundreds of pictures of itself, some of which were even in focus. (Among many reports: Who owns the copyright to monkey’s selfie?) Continue reading