From Star Wars to La La Land: How Intellectual Property Fuels Films

The following post comes from Mandi Hart, a rising third-year law student at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, who worked as a video producer before going to law school. By Mandi Hart Movies are a first-love in America and around the world, and their production is made possible by the existence of intellectual … Continue reading “From Star Wars to La La Land: How Intellectual Property Fuels Films”

CPIP Founders File Amicus Brief on Behalf of 11 Law Professors in Converse v. ITC

CPIP Founders Adam Mossoff & Mark Schultz filed an amicus brief today on behalf of 11 law professors in Converse v. International Trade Commission, a trademark case currently before the Federal Circuit. In late-2014, Converse filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission alleging that more than thirty companies, including Skechers, Walmart, New Balance, and … Continue reading “CPIP Founders File Amicus Brief on Behalf of 11 Law Professors in Converse v. ITC”

Criminal Copyright Infringement is Crime of "Moral Turpitude"

Cross-posted from the Law Theories blog. This past Friday, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that criminal copyright infringement constitutes a “crime involving moral turpitude” under immigration law. The Board reasoned that criminal copyright infringement is inherently immoral because it involves the willful theft of property and causes harm to both the copyright owner and … Continue reading “Criminal Copyright Infringement is Crime of "Moral Turpitude"”

Scalia Law Alums Help Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Draft Influential Amicus Brief

Last spring, the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic at Scalia Law School filed an amicus brief on behalf of intellectual property law scholars in the Fox News v. TVEyes copyright infringement case. Assisting the students on the project was practicing IP attorney and Scalia Law alum Jennifer Atkins, who volunteered her time—and the time of … Continue reading “Scalia Law Alums Help Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Draft Influential Amicus Brief”

Strong IP Protection Provides Inventors and Creators the Economic Freedom to Create

Here’s a brief excerpt of a post by Terrica Carrington that was published on IPWatchdog. CPIP went against the grain with this conference, and showed us, bit by bit, what our world might look like today without intellectual property rights. Music wouldn’t sound the same. Movies wouldn’t look the same. You wouldn’t be reading this … Continue reading “Strong IP Protection Provides Inventors and Creators the Economic Freedom to Create”

Digital Goods and the ITC: The Most Important Case That Nobody is Talking About

By Devlin Hartline & Matthew Barblan In its ClearCorrect opinion from early 2014, the International Trade Commission (ITC) issued cease and desist orders preventing the importation of infringing digital goods into the United States. The ITC’s 5-1 opinion has since been appealed to the Federal Circuit, with oral argument scheduled for the morning of August … Continue reading “Digital Goods and the ITC: The Most Important Case That Nobody is Talking About”

CloudFlare Enjoined From Aiding Infringers: Internet Unbroken

Just how far does a court’s power to enjoin reach into cyberspace? It’s clear enough that those directly posting or hosting infringing content are subject to an injunction. But what about a company such as CloudFlare that provides content delivery network and domain name server services? Does an injunction under Rule 65 against anyone acting … Continue reading “CloudFlare Enjoined From Aiding Infringers: Internet Unbroken”

Crowdfunding's Impact on Start-Up IP Strategy

By Sean M. O’Connor* Crowdfunding has been heralded as a revolutionary and democratic way to connect ordinary individuals with innovative projects they would like to support. The version involving equity investments in start-ups will be regulated under the U.S. JOBS Act of 2012.[i] But start-ups who use this legal pathway will become essentially “junior” reporting … Continue reading “Crowdfunding's Impact on Start-Up IP Strategy”