Pokemon GO and the Crisis on an Infinitely Augmented Earth

In the classic comic book series Crisis on Infinite Earths, thousands of worlds collided. Prior to that title, virtually all of the various stories told and characters created by DC’s various comics were said to take place within parallel dimensions of the same universe. This convenient device allowed the “Golden Age” superhero stories from mid-century comic books […]

The New Axanar-Inspired Guidelines for Star Trek Fan Films

If you’ve been tuned at all to developments in the science fiction or intellectual property fields, you know that Paramount Pictures and CBS have been pursuing copyright infringement litigation against the producers of a Star Trek fan-fiction movie called Axanar. The fan/producers published the 20-minute teaser Prelude to Axanar on YouTube in August 2014 (which as of […]

Supreme Court Gives Guidance on Award of Fees in Copyright Cases

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in the Kirtsaeng case, concerning the standards that govern the award of attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party as an element of “costs” under the Copyright Act. The statute itself does not give guidance on when fees should be awarded. Prior Supreme Court case law was […]

Boston Globe Anticipates Augmented Reality Privacy Issues

A few hours before I left for the airport to attend this week’s Augmented World Expo 2016, I received a call from Boston Globe tech reporter Hiawatha Bray. We had a great and detailed conversation about several of the legal issues that AR-enabled smart glasses will raise, including personal injury concerns, intellectual property issues, and e-commerce regulations. It’s […]

Save 40% on the 2016 Augmented World Expo

The Augmented World Expo is the premier annual event for all the latest developments in augmented reality, virtual reality, and wearable technology. Back for its seventh year, over 4,000 attendees from all over the world–including a mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and press–will have a fantastic opportunity to learn, inspire, partner, and […]

Feeling Minnesota: Has Prince’s Right of Publicity Disappeared?

In the unlikely event that any West Coast celebrities out there had been considering a move to Minnesota, an article published today on WealthManagement.com will give them pause. It makes the insightful observation that the late artist Prince’s decision to remain domiciled in his home state may have cost his heirs (whoever they turn out to be) the […]

Michigan Privacy Law: Detroit Free Press and DOJ Face Off Over Mugshots

On March 10, 2016, lawyers for the Detroit Free Press and the Department of Justice met in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the latest chapter of a decades-long battle over access to “booking photos,” or mugshots. Twenty years ago, the Free Press obtained a ruling from a panel of the 6th Circuit […]

New Resource for Michigan Lawyers: Trends in Business Court Practice [Video]

I was privileged to have been invited by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education to join my friends Doug Toering and Dick Hurford in recording an hour-long panel discussion entitled “Trends in Business Court Practice.” Doug and I serve together on both the Business Courts Committee of the Michigan State Bar’s Business Law Section, and […]

Updated: Michigan Trademark Law Treatise

This is a quick update to let you know that a treatise chapter I authored on Michigan trademark law has just been updated. If you subscribe to the Practical Law resource website from Thomson Reuters, you can access the chapter here. It’s a concise Q&A-style guide to Michigan laws protecting trademarks. This Q&A addresses state laws governing trademark […]

PODCAST: 2016 Update on the Right of Publicity

This afternoon I presented to the Michigan IP Law Association on “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Recent Developments in Right of Publicity Law.” Just over 30 minutes long, this speech gives a concise summary of what the Right of Publicity is, and how case law interpreting it has developed over the past few […]