Comm Law & Policy Notes
Comm Law & Policy Notes TRF 637
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Date Created: 04/11/16
TRF 637 Comm. Law & Policy Copyright, Trademark, Patent Lanham Act – trademark statute passed, business competition is the premise of trademark Patent – protects inventions Trademark – protects names, business names Can protect against dilution and cause for confusion You must register for any change to logo Copyright – protects artistic work, original works of authorship Examples: Drake v. Drake Cakes (hypothetical) Mattel v. MCA Records – Aqua “Barbie Doll” song, satire/parody, case was dismissed The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders v. Pussycat Cinema – “Debbie Does Dallas”, the uniforms mimicked Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders McDowell’s v. Mc Donald’s (hypothetical) Copyright Blurred Lines: Pharrell & Robin Thicke v. Marvin Gaye Estate, same bass line, cowbell Music rights for film PROs o ASCAP, BMI, SESAC Compulsory Independent film makers do not have budgets like major film companies so they cannot get rights to popular music. Work for hire or use a sound alike Happy Birthday rights to song were owned by Warner Chappell Music Publishing until recently Funkadelic v. NWA lawsuit o 9 parties involved o “Get Off Your Ass And Jam”
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