Copyright & Media Update 6/15/17

Gene Simmons Is Trying to Trademark the ‘Devil Horns’ Hand Gesture

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: Gene Simmons is a major figure in 70s rock n’ roll.  But did he actually invent the famous ‘devil horns’ hand gesture that has become synonymous with heavy metal? Yes, according to Simmons, who has now filed for trademark protection of the gesture.  That is, with the US Patent & Trademark Office in Washington, DC.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gene Simmons officially submitted his application for the trademark on Friday. READ MORE…

ComicMix Vindicated in Dr. Seuss Lawsuit Over Literary Mash-Up; Judge Dismisses Trademark Claims, Copyright Claim Will “Boldly Go Forward”

BY MARTHA THOMASES: On Friday, June 9, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California partially granted ComicMix LLC’s motion to dismiss the Dr. Seuss estate’s copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit over the book Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!  To prevent publication, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, LP filed the lawsuit in 2016 against the book’s publisher ComicMix, its author David Gerrold, illustrator Ty Templeton, and Glenn Hauman, ComicMix’s co-founder and vice-president. READ MORE…

The Kardashians Face Another Wave of Copyright Accusations

BY ERIKA HARWOOD: The Kardashian-Jenner family may have their fingers on the pulse of upcoming fashion trends—or they’ve just been stealing designs from independent fashion labels. So has been the ongoing debate over the last week for Khloé Kardashian and her younger half-sister Kylie Jenner, who were both accused of copying designs for their clothing lines by emerging designers they appear to have supported in the past. READ MORE…

VR, video games and music will power entertainment and media growth through 2021, PwC report says

By ETHAN VARIAN: The U.S. entertainment and media business is expected to see modest-to-slow growth over the next five years, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report singles out traditional sectors such as cinema and television as areas of sluggishness, while pointing to emerging industries including e-sports and virtual reality as sectors poised for the most growth. READ MORE…

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