The Employer Strikes Back: SCOTUS Holds Tort Claims Against Union for Strikers’ Intentional Destruction of Property Are Not Preempted by the NLRA
Written by Jonathan Turner and William S. Lisa The Supreme Court’s June 1, 2023 decision in Glacier Northwest, Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters may provide employers with an additional avenue of recourse when dealing with strikers engaging in unlawful behavior not specifically prohibited by the National Labor Relations Act (the “NLRA” or the “Act”). In a decision joined by five Justices, and a judgment … Continue reading The Employer Strikes Back: SCOTUS Holds Tort Claims Against Union for Strikers’ Intentional Destruction of Property Are Not Preempted by the NLRA
More States Enact Privacy Laws
Written by Susan Kohn Ross, Lucy Plovnick, Stacey Chuvaieva and Albina Gasanbekova Iowa and Indiana now become the sixth and the seventh states, respectively, to provide comprehensive privacy protection to those living in those states, following the lead of California, Virginia, Connecticut, Colorado, and Utah (in that order). Those who do business in Iowa or have Iowa consumers as customers/users have until January 1, 2025 … Continue reading More States Enact Privacy Laws
AI and Copyright Law: U.S. Copyright Office Announces Public Webinar
Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) raises many fundamental copyright law questions about copyrightability, ownership, rights and enforcement. In light of the myriad questions that AI raises in the copyright world, we are excited to share an upcoming webinar that may be of great interest. The U.S. Copyright Office has announced a free virtual, public webinar on June 28, 2023 at 2pm ET, focused on the current … Continue reading AI and Copyright Law: U.S. Copyright Office Announces Public Webinar
Florida to Require E-Verify for Employers With 25 or More Employees in the State
Written by Alina Charniauskaya-Mehta and Jason A. Farkas Beginning July 1, 2023, employers with 25 or more employees in Florida will be required to use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of new hires, pursuant to Florida Senate Bill (SB) 1718, the new law signed by Governor Ron DeSantis on May 10. Independent contractors – as defined in federal laws or regulations – do not … Continue reading Florida to Require E-Verify for Employers With 25 or More Employees in the State
A “Prince” of an Opinion or a Drag on Creativity? SCOTUS Decides Fair Use Issues in Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith
Written by Eleanor M. Lackman and Robert H. Rotstein On May 18, 2023, in a 7-2 ruling, the United States Supreme Court held that Andy Warhol’s use of a photograph of the late musician Prince to create a new image for licensing in a magazine was not “transformative” under the first fair use factor set forth in 17 U.S.C. § 107. Because Petitioner Andy Warhol Foundation for … Continue reading A “Prince” of an Opinion or a Drag on Creativity? SCOTUS Decides Fair Use Issues in Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith
Are Virtual Goods Still Goods for Trademark Purposes?
Written by Bryse K. Thornwell In Yuga Labs, Inc. v. Ripps, et al, No. 2:22-CV-04355 (C. D. Cal. Apr. 21, 2023), Judge John F. Walter explored the use of trademarks in the world of non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”), which are tokenized assets that have been recorded on a blockchain. As intellectual property disputes continue to arise in the world of NFTs, the key issues that the … Continue reading Are Virtual Goods Still Goods for Trademark Purposes?
Epic Games, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.
Written by Genevieve Javidzad On April 24, 2023, the Ninth Circuit issued its much anticipated decision in Epic Games, Inc. v. Apple, Inc., in which Epic alleged that Apple violated the Sherman Antitrust Act and California Unfair Competition laws. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s ruling on the merits but reversed and remanded for further consideration as to whether Apple was entitled to its fees. … Continue reading Epic Games, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.
What Am I Bidding for, the First NFT?
Written by Bryse K. Thornwell In Free Holdings Inc. v. McCoy et al, No. 22-CV-881 (JLC) (S.D.N.Y., March 17, 2023), Magistrate Judge James L. Cott confronted an unclear issue regarding ownership of non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”), which are assets that have been tokenized via a blockchain. NFTs can be unique and quite valuable. The court in Free Holdings considered the issue whether initial registration of an … Continue reading What Am I Bidding for, the First NFT?
Final California Privacy Regulations Approved: Key Takeaways
Written by Susan Kohn Ross and Stacey Chuvaieva On March 29, 2023, California’s Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) approved the final text of the first part of the regulations issued by the California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”) , which will take effect immediately (“Regulations”). These final Regulations provide long awaited guidance on some new concepts contained in the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) which was approved by … Continue reading Final California Privacy Regulations Approved: Key Takeaways
Fair Use of “Foul Play”? SDNY Judge Says No!
Written by Tiana A. Bey In Hachette Book Group, Inc. v. Internet Archive, No. 20-CV-4160 (JGK), 2023 WL 2623787 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 24, 2023), Judge John G. Koeltl ruled that the “digital lending library” operated by Defendant Internet Archive (“IA”) infringed copyrights owned by the Plaintiffs in books that IA had reproduced and distributed to the public on the theory that it could run an “emergency … Continue reading Fair Use of “Foul Play”? SDNY Judge Says No!