Although the LAW OF FASHION LinkedIn group is active as ever, you've probably noticed that this blog has been pretty quiet lately. That's because this writer, one Charles Colman, has been hunkered down for the past few weeks, putting the finishing touches on his single-volume treatise, Fashion and Copyright, for LexisNexis-Matthew Bender. (You might recall my saying something about a book for Oxford University Press. Yes, this started off as that project... then this happened.)
My Law360 piece: "Post-Kirtsaeng, 'Material Differences' Between Copyright and Trademark Law's Treatment of Gray Goods Persist"
Charles E. Colman
(first published in Law360 on April 4, 2013)
Charles Colman to moderate panel on Tiffany v. Costco case at Columbia Law School (Monday, April 8th, 6:30-7:30 P.M.)
This writer will be moderating a panel on the Tiffany v. Costco case (LAW OF FASHION commentary here and here) at his alma mater, Columbia Law School, this coming Monday, April 8th, from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. The panelists will include:
- Angela Byun, Senior Director of Business Affairs and International Editorial Assets & Rights, Condé Nast
- Laurie Gentile, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, The Jones Group Inc.
- David Jacoby, Litigation Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP
- Lesley Moradian, In-House Trademark Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies
- Judith Roth, Of Counsel, Schiff Hardin LLP
Charles Colman's webcast CLE, "Copyright Protection in Fashion," [now available for viewing in Lawline.com archive]
This writer, one Charles E. Colman, is excited to be giving a 1.5 hour-ish CLE on copyright protection for fashion design under U.S. law TOMORROW, 3/28/13, at 10 A.M. (NYC). The course agenda and registration information are posted on Lawline's website.
[UPDATE (4/3/13): The video of the CLE has been edited and reposted on the Lawline website. Disclaimer: The occasional stock photos of courtrooms, fashion design studios, etc., were added without my knowledge; please disregard...]
Legislative resources can be found here ("laws passed in the United States [from 1783 to 1976] relating to copyright") and here ("full text of all versions of the Copyright Act of the United States from the 1909 Act to the present").
The court's discussion (and rejection) of defendants' "copyright misuse" argument in this week's AP v. Meltwater decision
As regular readers of the blog are likely aware, this writer is a zealous advocate of the copyright / trademark misuse doctrines. (Yes, I will finish one or both of the articles at the above links, once I start my job at NYU Law School this June: see the end of this January 2013 LOF post.) So while most interested parties were -- quite appropriately -- focusing on the "fair use" analysis in this week's AP v. Meltwater decision, I went straight to page 72 of the opinion to read what Judge Denise Cote had to say about the defendants' invocation of the "copyright misuse" defense...