Copyright in the News: Dinosaurs and Leprechauns


Poison Face Copyright Lawsuit – Noisecreep  Glam metal heroes Poison are being sued for copyright infringement. The suit comes from Billy McCarthy and James Stonich and dates all the way back to the ’80s.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit was filed Oct. 19th in Illinois federal court. Talk about Laches, nothing like waiting thirty years to bring suit.


Judge Orders Talks in Montana Dinosaur Dispute Attorneys say the case is the first of its kind involving a copyright fight over dinosaur castings _ fossil replicas often used in museum displays. It pits a South Dakota research company against a Montana nonprofit that allegedly made unauthorized copies of castings from two t-rexes, dubbed Stan and Sue.  Funny the article does not mention that these castings were registered with the copyright office. Probably because they would have been laughed all the way to the exit doors.


Universal Uses Copyright To Censor Bad Lip Reading Parody; Why Not Embrace It? | Techdirt Just goes to show that although parody is specifically excepted from copyright infringement, it won’t slow down censorship.

PROTECT IP Act (Internet Blacklist Bill) Could Kill iCloud

J&J, Notre Dame, Prada, Louboutin: Intellectual Property – Businessweek EU authority said it’s probing contractual arrangements between J&J and Novartis that may have had the “object or effect of hindering entry” of the generic drug onto the Dutch market. Paying a competitor in an attempt to restrict generic drugs once the patent expires. Sweet.   The University of Notre Dame has told a Kansas high school to quit using the leprechaun logo associated with its “Fighting Irish” football team, the South Bend Tribune reported.  This will be the fourth school the Golden Domers will have gone after.  Really? Are these schools really eating into your profit margin with their t-shirt sales? Maybe if you lay off, some of the bad karma apparently affecting the football program will dissipate. They really didn’t know the difference between a lateral and a forward pass?

About Timothy Powers O'Neill

Timothy O’Neill, an attorney with the firm of Cohen Norris practices in the areas of business litigation, real estate litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Timothy received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Evansville and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1997. Following law school, Timothy clerked for two years in the State of Florida's Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, and served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Timothy serves as an executive board member of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit entity dedicated to preserving Florida’s wildlife through rehabilitation and education. Timothy is admitted to practice before all of the state courts of Florida as well as: The Supreme Court of the United States; United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, United States District Court of Colorado, and is a member of the Palm Beach County, Florida, and Federal Bar Associations.

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