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European Union’s GDPR: One Year Later By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. It has been one year since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect.  There are several lessons that we have learned since the law’s implementation and now have further insight on how to effectively deal with the newly enacted regulations. ...
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Current Best Practices for CopyrightBy Jeffrey E. Jacobson The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC is a wake-up call and crucial reminder on the importance of timely copyright registrations.  Which works to register is always a question.  In an ideal world, we would register everything; however that can...
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The “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally” Circuit Court of Appeals’ DecisionBy Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. Last year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled on an appeal from the United States District of Court for the District of South Dakota.  The Federal Court in Rapid City held a jury trial on Sturgis Motorcycle...
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Some Additional Fashion, Beauty & Apparel Legal ConsiderationsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. We will now explore some other related legal matters that fashion business entrepreneurs should be aware of.  This article expands on our initial one wherein we discussed some initial business considerations for clothing, beauty and apparel brands. As previously mentioned, it is prudent...
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Crossing your T’s for your O-1’s and P’s: A Visa Checklist for the Professional Gamer By Pablo G, Velez, Esq. & Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. The global esports phenomenon is growing in the United States.  Players from around the world are coming to the United States for a chance to participate in big money tournaments...
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Copyright Protection of Dance Choreography In The U.S. By Justin M. Jacobson & Jeffrey E. Jacobson Recently, several lawsuits were filed against Epic Games, the creator of the game “Fortnite,” for the alleged usage of protected dance choreography in their product.  In particular, the game developer was providing and monetizing “emotes.”  The in-game “emotes” are...
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Copyrights & Tattoos By Justin M. Jacobson & Jeffrey E. Jacobson Recent cases involving boxer Mike Tyson’s tribal tattoo displayed on an actor in the motion picture, The Hangover 2 as well as the increased usage in video-games of NFL, NBA and WWE “real life” characters, including reproducing identifiable tattoos that these athletes possess, has...
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Trademark Dilution of A Famous Mark By Justin M. Jacobson & Jeffrey E. Jacobson In addition to trademark infringement claims that we have discussed in a previous article, including claims of likelihood of confusion, a trademark owner may also claim trademark “dilution.”  This is where a trademark owner asserts that they own a famous mark...
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Copyright Infringement In The U.S. By Jeffrey E. Jacobson & Justin M. Jacobson In instances when an owner of a protected work, such as a book, motion picture, or a song, believes another party is utilizing the same work in violation of the original owner’s rights, that party may institute a copyright infringement suit.  In...
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A Look At Trademark Infringement In The U.S.By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Trademark law provides the exclusive right to use a mark to differentiate the goods or services of one person or business from those of another. A trademark commonly includes a word, phrase, logo, design or a combination of these, which are used in relation...
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