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Breaks for Trademark and Copyright Owners

The USPTO is allowing extensions for trademark owners affected by the Corona virus. The Copyright Office is basically closed for personal contact and mail, but moving along on all things electronic.

2020 Substantial Similarity Update

Last week my father and I finished the 17th annual update of Substantial Similarity in Copyright Law. As was the case last year, the 9th Circuit upset the apple cart near the end, this time issuing the en banc decision in the Led Zeppelin case just days before the update was due. We got it in there though, so look for the update in May. Hopefully by then, copyright will matter again. Be well.

Entertainment and Tech in NYC

On Thursday, September 26, Eric Osterberg will be speaking on a panel with Arthur Levy, Judith Finell and Robert Clarida about music copyright infringement cases at the Music Business Association’s Entertainment and Technology Law Conference in New York City. 

Busy Few Months

It’s been a busy few months writing and speaking. We finished the update to Substantial Similarity in Copyright Law in May, updated the Practical Law Substantial Similarity piece in June and taught AIMP Summer School in July. Thank you to all the clients who assigned work that was equally interesting and challenging this spring and summer.

2018 Substantial Similarity Update Available

The 2018 annual supplement to our treatise Substantial Similarity in Copyright Law is now available from PLI.