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Grim and gritty Power Rangers fan film brings fanfic back into legal spotlight
February 25, 2015 | 7:27 am

power-rangers-video-124799A new legal battle over fanfic might be shaping up. In the last couple of days, music video director Joseph Kahn and producer Adi Shankar released a 15-minute short film reimagining Power Rangers as a grim and gritty dark future drama a la Pacific Rim. The film stars name actors, including James Van Der Beek, Katee Sackhoff, and Die Another Day’s Will Yun Lee. And it almost immediately ran into legal trouble. A “NSFW” version (violence, language, nudity) was up on Vimeo for a few hours before getting taken down by a DMCA infringement notice from Saban. A safe-for-work...

Did you know you can trademark a series title?
June 11, 2014 | 2:26 pm

trademark a series titleI knew you couldn't copyright or trademark a book title, but until recently, I never realized you could trademark a series title. Then I saw a discussion on KBoards that mentioned it. (Sorry, can't find the thread again.) I contacted my local trademark attorney, and we filed the paperwork. It's dead simple. You need to have at least two books in the series published (to establish it as a series), and you need to show the mark in use. I sent him a link to one of my Amazon book pages, which was sufficient. As you can see, it's not on the...

Games Workshop, self-publishing author battle over ‘space marines’
February 9, 2013 | 1:19 pm

spots-marineSelf-publishing has a lot of advantages and just as many countervailing drawbacks. The biggest advantage is, of course, you get to be your own boss and can publish whatever you want to, without some publisher taking a cut of the money. But the dark side of this freedom is that it can leave you vulnerable if some big company with money and lawyers decides it doesn’t like what you’re doing. And even if their claims are completely outlandish, it will cost you money you don’t have—more money than your book will ever make—to fight them, and you don’t have any guarantee...

Facebook claims trademark over ‘book’ in latest user agreement update
March 24, 2012 | 6:30 pm

Trademark-Symbol_219Did you know that Facebook is claiming a trademark over the word “book”? It has even revised its user agreement to add “book” to the list of trademarks users agree, by accessing the site, not to use without Facebook’s written permission. This springs from a series of trademark lawsuits or complaints that Facebook has been launching against various other sites that name themselves “(something)book”, such as Teachbook, Lamebook, and Placebook. (Because, clearly, nothing else was ever called "(something)book” before Facebook.) The funny thing is, “book” isn’t actually even trademarked to Facebook in the US. (It’s pending in...

Transformer Prime makes Asus prime target for Hasbro lawsuit
December 22, 2011 | 2:20 am

Optimus-Prime-13-sPerhaps this isn’t directly about e-books, except insofar as a tablet can be used as an e-reader, but I was so amused to learn today that Hasbro is suing Asus over the name of its latest hybrid tablet/netbook device that I just had to share it. I’m not surprised. I can honestly say I had half-expected it since I heard Asus was calling its original such device the Transformer, and I completely expected it when I heard the newest version was the “Transformer Prime”. I mean, really, what is any child of the eighties going to think when he...

A Tolkien update: Zazzle button returns; author of fanfic novel explains
March 1, 2011 | 12:20 pm

Here are a couple of updates to the Tolkien story I did a couple of days ago: First, Cory Doctorow heard from the Tolkien estate’s lawyer that the Tolkien estate was actually not involved in Zazzle’s takedown of the “While you were reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion” button—Zazzle did it all on its own. According to [lawyer Steven] Maier, "Zazzle has confirmed that it took down the link of its own accord, because its content management department came across the product and deemed it to be potentially infringing." The weird thing...

New trademark and copyright blog started by law firm
April 23, 2010 | 9:26 am

Screen shot 2010-04-23 at 9.25.08 AM.pngReceived the following email: If you're watching trends in trademark/copyright law - did anyone mention Google? - we have a new checkpoint to offer: law firm Foley Hoag has just launched its Trademark & Copyright Law Blog, with analysis and commentary on current developments in this increasingly contentious space. In early postings, Foley Hoag's bloggers touch on, among other topics, the Google Books project; so-called trademark bullies; recent tussling over Internet domain names; and even a fight between outdoor retailer The North Face and an irreverent copycat firm called (it's true!) The South Butt. It's something I'll be adding to my RSS...

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