Second Circuit Reinstates Trademark Infringement Case against Oprah Over Use of "Own Your Power"

Lesson of the day: “Own Your Trademark” before you use it.  In July 2011, Simone Kelly-Brown sued Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Productions Inc. and Oprah’s magazine publisher Hearst Corp. for alleged violations of Kelly-Brown’s trademark “Own Your Power.” The suit was brought after a 2010 issue of Oprah’s magazine carried an “Own Your Power” theme throughout

Read More…

Aereo Goes on Offensive and Sues CBS for Declaratory Judgment Concerning Online Streaming of Television Programming

Recently, we highlighted a case brought by a group of broadcasters against Aereo, a startup company that allows its subscribers to stream television shows through the Internet. That article can be found here. On April 1, 2013, the Second Circuit affirmed a decision of the district court for the Southern District of New York denying

Read More…

Aereo Victorious in First Round Against Networks and Permitted to Rebroadcast Television Networks on the Internet

On April 1, 2013, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals wasn’t fooling when it affirmed a lower court decision ruling that Internet start-up Aereo can continue to stream live television to its subscribers through the Internet much to the chagrin of the television network plaintiffs. Aereo allows its subscribers to stream live television through its

Read More…