Fortres Grand Corporation v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.The U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a trademark infringement claim, finding that a real computer software product was not similar to a movie that used an identical name for a fictional software product in the story. Fortres Grand Corporation v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Case No. 13-2337 (7th Cir., Aug. 14, 2014) (Manion, J.).Fortres Grand provides a desktop software management program called CleanSlate, which is used to wipe away private data from shared, public-access computers. After Warner Bros used the words “the clean slate” to describe a computer hacking program in the movie, The Dark Knight Rises, Fortres noticed a drop in sales of its CleanSlate software and filed a trademark infringement suit against Warner Bros. Fortres alleged trademark infringement under theories of “traditional confusion,” namely, that consumers would be confused as to the … [Read more...] about Holy Non-Infringement, Batman!, Fortres Grand Corporation v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for Eighth Circuit ruled that copyright holders deserve protection of characters even after images containing such characters have entered the public domain. The 8th Circuit thus affirmed a district court’s permanent injunction barring movie image licensors from selling altered versions of public domain images from Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz and Tom and Jerry. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. et al. v. X One X Productions et al., Case No. 10-1743 (8th Cir., July 5, 2011) (Gruender, J.). The plaintiffs own registered copyrights to the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) films The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. Prior to completion of the films, publicity materials featuring images of the actors in costume and on the movie set were distributed to movie theaters and published in newspapers and magazines to promote the films. The publicity materials included “lobby cards,” movie posters, still … [Read more...] about Scarlett? Rhett? Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give a Damn: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. et al. v. X One X Productions et al.,
Now on its third day, the 2018 San Diego Comic Con is officially in full swing. Here are just a few of Saturday’s highlights: “Warner Bros Theatrical”: The audience will get a first look at the studio's highly anticipated future releases. Films and panelists to be announced. (10:30 a.m. Hall H) “The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows”: Producer and curator Ron Diamond presents a show featuring animated shorts from around the world. After the show, Diamond will answer audience questions. (1 p.m. Hall H) “Explore the Wonders of the Universe with Cosmos: Possible Worlds”: As "Cosmos" returns to Fox and National Geographic next spring, host Neil deGrasse Tyson, writer and director Ann Druyan and producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark lead a panel that includes a sneak peek of the new season and a discussion on cosmic evolution. (3 p.m. Indigo Ballroom) Spotted at Comic-Con: Scenes From The Convention Center … [Read more...] about Kevin Smith, Warner Bros. and Other SDCC Day 3 Highlights
While Universal Studios has quietly gone about moving forward with its rumored third theme park Fantastic Worlds, Warner Bros. may be looking to object to the name of the Orlando, Florida, attraction. Universal Studios filed for trademarks last June, but Warner Bros. recently filed two extensions for a "Time to Oppose for Good Cause" regarding the trademarked name, according to Orlando Weekly. Warner Bros hasn't formally issued an objection to the name to date. It has been speculated that Warner Bros. may be issuing the objection because the new theme park from Universal is rumored to have a "Fantastic Beasts" attraction which could cause some confusion with the name Fantastic Worlds. Warner Bros. owns the rights to the "Harry Potter" films, but Universal features "Harry Potter"-themed attractions within its parks, including the plans for Fantastic Worlds. Universal has likely prepared for the name issue, Lance Hart of Screamscape speculated to Orlando Weekly, and will have a slew of … [Read more...] about Universal Studios vs Warner Bros: What’s happening with Fantastic Worlds Park
Brian Fung, The Washington Post Published 8:16 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018 AT&T closed its landmark megamerger with Time Warner on Thursday night, completing the $85 billion deal swiftly ahead of its June 20 deadline. The rapid moves came as the Justice Department said Thursday it would not seek a judicial stay of the deal, even as department officials remained undecided on whether to appeal a judge's decision earlier this week permitting the two companies to move forward. The quick closing could put further pressure on antitrust regulators to not continue fighting. AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson said the merger combines the strengths of both companies. LATEST SFGATE VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Bay Area suburbs with the most crime Ted Andersen, SFGATE San Francisco's most famous animals Katie Wood/SFGATE Reckless Retreats Gabrielle Lurie Rescue of man stuck between rapids and 45-foot waterfall on Yuba River San Francisco … [Read more...] about It’s official: AT&T-Time Warner is a done deal