Disney Sued Over Claimed Copyright Infringement in Frozen

This is a guest blog by Seay Firm intern Olivia Clark, 2L at Georgia State University College of Law Isabella Tanikumi is suing Disney for copyright infringement in New Jersey District Court. Tanikumi claims Disney’s blockbuster Frozen is not based on the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Snow Queen,” but on an autobiographical novel she […]

(Not) Happy Together: SiriusXM Ordered to Pay for Use of Pre-1972 Music

Last week, a California federal judge declared Flo & Eddie of The Turtles victors in their lawsuit against SiriusXM over the public performance of the duo’s pre-1972 sound recordings. Yes, this is big, big news with major repercussions for the music industry. The lawsuit, filed in 2013, addressed music created before sound recordings began receiving protection under federal […]

Spotify Incorporating Video Ads – But Will Artists Make More Money Now?

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The music streaming service Spotify recently announced the addition of video advertisements on its ad-supported (i.e., FREE!) platforms. According to Spotify, on mobile devices, the video ads will be in the form of “sponsored sessions,” where users can watch a video ad in exchange for 30 minutes of ad-free listening. As for desktop users, they’ll […]

John Seay Quoted in Salt Lake Tribune on Trademark, Cease and Desist Letters

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John Seay was quoted in a story in the Salt Lake Tribune (which you can read here) discussing, as the lede states,  the “San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake City’s young and burgeoning counterpart,” regarding the use of the “Comic-Con” designation. The pertinent part, in full: “The outcome could have lasting ramifications for anyone else in the […]

Photos from The Strategy Sessions Event

The Strategy Sessions event on July 13, 2014, was a success. I (John) presented some basic tenets of intellectual property law and then took questions from the audience. The below photos are courtesy of Erin Schopf. Special thanks to Anne Almasy for organizing such a great event. Look forward to participating again in the future.