Popular Video Game “Call of Duty” Is Given Artistic Protections For Purposes of Defending Against Trademark Claims
04/26/2020A recent trademark decision in the Southern District of New York has extended First Amendment protections generally reserved for works of art to the popular video game “Call of Duty.” Analyzing video games as expressive works for purposes of federal trademark claims has widespread legal implications for video game manufacturers and distributors, allowing them an important shield against allegations of trademark infringement.
Tiger King: The Trademark and Copyright Infringement Actions at the Center of the Feud Between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin
04/15/2020Netflix’s “Tiger King” has become one of the streaming service’s most popular series in the last few weeks, documenting the years-long fight between Joe Exotic (né Schreibvogel), the self-proclaimed “Tiger King,” and Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue Corp. (“Big Cat Rescue”). The feud led to three separate intellectual-property lawsuits that bankrupted Exotic and serve as a cautionary tale as to how competitive antics can have severe legal consequences.
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