Author Archives: Craig Pinkus

About Craig Pinkus

Craig Pinkus is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group. He also is a member of the Litigation and the Sports, Entertainment and Media Groups. He assists clients with a broad range of disputes and transactions involving all areas of intellectual property, entertainment, and other complex business arrangements. He has conducted trials and arbitrations throughout the United States and has argued appeals before the Seventh, Sixth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Indiana appellate courts, and United States Supreme Court.

Celebrity Wedding Photo Fights Then and Now: Own the Copyrights

Originally posted on Bose Intellectual Property Blog:
On June 27, 1993, two talented people were married north of Indianapolis and drove to what was called Deer Creek Music Center for a concert by one of them. The couple was Julia Roberts and Lyle…

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Village People Artist Prevails on Copyright Termination

Copyright termination rights are an old idea designed to benefit the creators of works who gave their copyrights to the business side of a project in the form of a publisher, record company, movie producer, etc. The idea was that after a business has gotten … Continue reading

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Burberry v. Bogart and the Patchwork of Right of Publicity Laws

I learned from IPLaw360 that iconic and excellent British luxury brand Burberry filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit yesterday against the entity asserting rights of publicity in the persona of acting legend Humphrey Bogart. Burberry Ltd. v. Bogart LLC, 12-cv-3491 (S.D.N.Y.). Burberry’s … Continue reading

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Toward A General Theory of Copyright–Part 1(a)

Exploring our lack of basic consensus on copyright , I wrote in Part 1 that “while the news was still all about the dramatic Megaupload arrests for massive internet copyright infringement, a major record company agreed to a proposed class action settlement for underpaying artists … Continue reading

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Kinder, Gentler Illegal Download Prevention?

Before SOPA and PIPPA’s fifteen minutes of fame, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) was formed last September as an experiment in cooperation between content provider representatives and internet service providers. If it had been fully functional last winter, there might have been … Continue reading

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Toward a Copyright Unified Field Theory–Part 1

A cluster of recent litigation reports leaves me more discouraged than ever by the lack of agreement about the purpose of federal copyright law. We need a reset, and the adversarial process isn’t producing it. Maybe the only hope is academics who aren’t hired by one … Continue reading

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Access Government Funded Research Free Online—The Next Battle?

The SOPA protest victory may be the energy behind coordinated legislative strikes in the six year old effort to make large amounts of government funded research available to all online. The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 (FRPAA) was simultaneously introduced … Continue reading

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