August 2018 | Romano Law


Month: August 2018

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How The Parodist “Stole” The Grinch: Fair Use Ruling Upheld

Recently, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City affirmed a ruling which held that Who’s Holiday – a modern play in which the main character, Cindy-Lou Who from Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, is now an adult, humorously engaging in adult behavior – is a parody protected by the First

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What is a Disparagement Clause, and How Does it Work?

In August 2015 we wrote about the implications of the Washington Redskins’ trademark dispute.  Following legal efforts by five Native Americans who considered the term “redskin” to be disparaging, a federal judge ordered the cancellation of multiple federally registered trademarks owned by the Redskins, including the team’s name itself.

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Life Rights – What you need to know

You’ve just discovered someone with a compelling story, and now you would like to make a film based on their life.  You begin the process of turning this amazing tale into a worthwhile film when, in the middle of your excitement, it hits you: “maybe I need to get this person’s permission first.  But, how?”

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