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Selected Citations (caution: these are not necessarily correct or the latest)

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COPYRIGHT

Access
Abkco Music, Inc. v. Harrisongs Music, Ltd., 722 F.2d 988 (2d Cir. 1983) 
Arnstein v. Porter, 154 F. 2d 464 (2d Cir.1946) 
Bradbury v. Columbia Broadcasting Sys., Inc., 174 F. Supp. 733 (S.D. Cal. 1959), rev.'d 287 F.2d 478 (9th Cir. 1961) 
Meta-Film Assoc., Inc. v. MCA, Inc. 586 F. Supp. 1346 (CD Cal. 1984) 
Selle v. Gibb, 741 F.2d 896 (7th Cir. 1984) 

Authorship/Originality
Aalmuhammed v. Lee, ___ F. 3d ___ (9th Cir. 2000)
Ashton-Tate Corp. v. Ross, 916 F.2d 516 (9th Cir. 1990)
Andrien v. Chamber of Commerce, 927 F.2d 132 (3d Cir. 1991)
Apple Computer Corp. v. Microsoft Corp., 35 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir. 1994) 
Easter Seal Society v. Palyboy Enterprises, Inc., 815 F.2d 323 (5th Cir. 1987)
Forward v. Thorogood, 985 F.2d 604 (1st Cir. 1993)
Harper House, Inc. v. Thomas Nelson, Inc., 889 F.2d 197 (9th Cir. 1989) 
Herbert Rosenthal Jewelry Corp. v. Grossbardt, 428 F.2d 551 (2d Cir. 1970) 
Poe v. Missing Persons, 745 F. 2d 1238 (9th Cir. 1984)
Rice v. Fox Broadcasting Co., 330 F.3d 1170 (9th Cir. 2003) 
Thomson  v. Larson, 147 F.3d 195 (2d Cir. 1998)

Clearance issues
Amsinck v. Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., 862 F. Supp. 1044 (S.D.N.Y. 1044)
Hormel Foods Corp. v. Jim Henson Productions, Inc., 73 F. 3d 497 (2d Cir. 1996)
Jackson v. Warner Bros., Inc., 993 F.Supp. 585 (E.D. Mich. 1997)
Marder v. Lopez, 450 F.3d 445 (9th Cir. 2005)
McGraw-Edison Company v. Walt Disney Prod., 787 F.2d 1163 (7th Cir. 1986)
Kern v. WKQX Radio, 529 N.E. 2d 1149 (Ill. App. 1988)
Ringgold v. Black Entertainment Television, Inc., 126 F.2d 70 (2d Cir. 1997)
Sandoval v. New Line Cinema, 147 F. 3d 215 (2d Cir. 1998)
Woods v. University City Studios, inc. 920 F. Supp. 62 (S.D.N.Y. 1996)

Damages
Brewer v. Hustler Magazine Inc., 749 F.2d 527 (9th Cir. 1984) 
Feltner v. Columbia Pictures TV, Inc., 523 U.S. 340 (1998) 
Frank Music Corp. v. Metropolitan-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 886 F.2d 1545 (9th Cir. 1989) 
Iowa State Univ. Research Found., Inc. v. American Broadcasting, Inc., 475 F. Supp. 78, 83 (S.D.N.Y. 1979)
Montgomery v. Noga, 168 F. 3d at 1296
Rossi v. Motion Picture Ass'n of Am., Inc., 391 F.3d 1000 (9th Cir. 2004)
Sheldon v. Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp., 81 F.2d 49 (2d Cir. 1936) ; 106 F.2d 45 (2d Cir. 1939)

Fair Use
Brewer v. Hustler Magazine Inc., 749 F.2d 527 (9th Cir. 1984) 
Campbell v. Acuff Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569 (1994) 
Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., Inc., 499 U.S. 340 (1991) 
Harper & Row, Publishers v. Nation Enterprises, 471 U.S. 539 (1985)
L.A. News Service v. Reuters Television, __ F.3d __ (9th Cir. 1998)
Walt Disney Products v. Air Pirates, 581 F.2d 751 (9th Cir. 1978) 

Future technologies clauses
Bartsch v. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, Inc., 391 F.2d 150 (2d Cir. 1968) 
Bloom v. Hearst, 33 F. 3d 518 (5th Cir. 1994) 
Boosey & Hawkes Music Pub. v. Disney, 145 F.3d 481 (2d Cir. 1998) 
Cohen v. Paramount, 845 F. 2d 851 (9th Cir. 1988) 
Goodis v. United Artists, 425 F.2d 397 (2d Cir. 1970) 
L.A. News Serv. v. CBS Broad., Inc., 305 F.3d 924 (9th Cir. 2002)
Maljack Prods. v. Goodtimes Home Video Corp., 81 F.3d 881 (9th Cir. 1996) 
Quinto v. Legal Times of Washington, 511 F. Supp. 579 (D.D.C. 1981) 
Ryan v. CARL Corp., 23 F. Supp. 2d 1146 (N.D. Cal. 1998) 
Tasini v. New York Times, Inc., 203 F.3d 161 (2d Cir. Sept. 24, 1999), affirmed (S.Ct. 2001) 

Formalities
Brewer v. Hustler Magazine Inc., 749 F.2d 527 (9th Cir. 1984) 
PMC, Inc. v. Saban Entertainment, 45 Cal. App. 4th 579 (1996) 
Twin Books Corp. v. Disney, ___ F. 3d ___ (9th Cir. 1996)

Interference with Contract
Hawkins v. Portal Publications, Inc., 189 F.3d 473 (9th Cir. 1999) 

International issues
Beechwood Music Corp. v. Vee Jay Records, Inc. 328 F.2d 728 (2d Cir. 1964) 
Curb v. MCA Records, Inc., 898 F. Supp. 586 (M.D. Tenn. 1995) 
Danjaq, S.A. v. MGM/UA Communications, 773 F.Supp. 194 (C.D.Cal. 1991) aff'd 979 F.2d 772 (9th Cir. 1992) 
Filmvideo Releasing Corp. v. Hastings, 668 F.2d 91 (2d Cir. 1981) 
ITSI T.V. Productions v. California Authority, 785 F. Supp. 854 (ED Cal. 1992), rev'd 3 F.3d 1289 (9th Cir. 1993) 
Peter Starr Prod. v. Twin Continental Films, 783 F.2d 1440 (9th Cir. 1986) 
Subafilms, Ltd. v. MGM-Pathe Communications Co., 24 F.3d 1988 (9th Cir. 1994) 

Idea Submissions
Fink v. Goodson-Todman Enterprises, Inc., 9 Cal. App. 3d 996 (1979) 
Davies v. Krasna (l975) 14 Cal.3d at 510 
Donahue v. Ziv Television Programs, Inc., (l966) 245 Cal. App. 2d, 54 Cal Rptr. 130 
Faris v. Enberg, 97 Cal.App. 3d 309, 158 Cal. Rptr. 704 
Grosso v. Miramax Films Corp., 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 18983 (unpublished)
Landsberg v. Scrabble Crossword Game Players, Inc., 802 F.2d 1193 (9th Cir. 1986) 
Tele-Count Eng'rs, Inc. v. Pacific Telegraph & Telegraph Co., 168 Cal. App. 3d 455, 214 Cal. Rptr. 276 (1st Dist. 1985) 
Thompson v. California Brewing Co., 150 Cal. App. 2d 469, 310 P.2d 436 (1957) 

Jurisdiction and Venue
Battle Creek Equipment Co. v. Roberts Manufacturing Co., 460 F. Supp. 18 (W.D. Mich. 1978) 

Licensing/Assignments

Misappropriation and Preemption
International News Service v. The Associated Press, 248 U.S. 215 (1918) 

Internet/New Media Issues
MGM Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., No. 04-480 , 125 S. Ct. 2764; 162 L. Ed. 2d 781 (2005)
RIAA v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, 180 F. 3d 1072 (9th Cir. 1999) 

Ownership
Self-Realization Fellowship Church v. Ananda Church of Self-Realization,  __ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 2000)
Thomson  v. Larson, 147 F.3d 195 (2d Cir. 1998)

Parallel Imports
Quality King Distributors, Inc. v. L'Anza Research International,  Inc., __ US __ (1998)

Parody
Campbell v. Acuff Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569 (1994)

Preemption
Laws v. Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., 448 F.3d 1134 (9th Cir. 2006)

Procedural Issues
Aday v. Sony Music Entertainment, 44 USPQ 2d 1688 (SDNY 1997)
Danjaq, LLC v. Sony Corp., ____ F. 3d ____ (9th Cir. 2001)
Silvers v. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., 402 F.3d 881  (9th Cir. 2005)

Substantial Similarity
Apple Computer Corp. v. Microsoft Corp., 35 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir. 1994) 
Atari Games Corp. v. Nintendo of America Inc., 975 F.2d 832 (Fed. Cir. 1992) 
Baxter v. MCA, Inc., 812 F.2d 421 (9th Cir. 1987) 
Cooling Systems and Flexibles, Inc. v. Stuart Radiator, Inc., 777 F.2d 485 (9th Cir. 1985) 
Hoehling v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 618 F.2d 972 (2d Cir. 1980) 
Miller v. Universal, 650 F.2d 1365 (5th Cir. 1981) 
Nichols v. Universal Pictures Co., 45 F.2d 119 (2d Cir. 1990) 
Rosemont Enterprises Inc. v. Random House, Inc., 366 F.2d 303 (2d Cir. 1966) 
Russ Berrie & Co. v. Jerry Elsner Co., 482 F. Supp. 980 (S.D.N.Y. 1980) 
Shaw v. Lindheim, 919 F.2d 1353 (9th Cir. 1990) 
Sid & Marty Krofft Television Products Inc. v. McDonald's Corp., 562 F.2d 1157 (9th Cir. 1977)
Swirsky v. Carey, 376 F.3d 841 (9th Cir. 2004) 
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation v. MCA, Inc., 715 F.2d 1327 (9th Cir. 1983) 
Uneeda Doll Co. v. Regent Baby Products, 355 F.2d 438 (E.D.N.Y. 1972) 
Warner Brothers, Inc. v. American Broadcasting Cos., 654 F.2d 204 (2d Cir. 1981) 
 

TRADEMARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION

43(a)
Allen v. National Video, Inc., 610 F. Supp. 612 (SDNY 1985) 
Comedy III Productions v. New Line Cinema,  __ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 2000)
Gilliam v. American Broadcasting Cos., 538 F.2d 14 (1976) 
Kassbaum v. Steppenwolf Productions, Inc., ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 2000)
New West Corp. v. NYM Co. of California, Inc., 595 F.2d 1194 (9th Cir. 1979) 
Smith v. Montoro, 648 F.2d 602 (9th Cir. 1981) 
Two Pesos, Inc. v. Taco Cabana, Inc., 112 S.Ct. 2753 (1992) 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Samara Brothers, Inc., ___ U.S. ___ (2000) 

17200 California Business and Professions Code
Blatty v. New York Times
Cortez v. Purolator
Kasky v. Nike
Kraus v. Trinity Management
Roskind v. Morgan Stanley
Rubin v. Green

Confusing similarity
AMF, Inc. v. Sleekcraft Boats, 599 F.2d 341, n.12, 204 U.S.P.Q. 808 (9th Cir. 1979) 
Polaroid Corporation v. Polarad Electronics Corporation, 287 F.2d 492 (1961)
Surfvivor Media, Inc. v. Survivor Prods., 406 F.3d 625 (9th Cir. 2005)

Counterfeiting issues and seizure
Reebok International, Ltd. v. Marnatech Enterprises, Inc., 970 F.2d 552 (9th Cir. 1992) 

Damages
ALPO Petfoods, Inc. v. Ralston Purina Co., 913 F.2d 958 (1990); on remand 778 F. Supp. 555 (D.D.C. 1991) 
Cher v. Forum International, Ltd., 692 F.2d 634 (9th Cir. 1982) 
Harper House, Inc. v. Thomas Nelson, Inc., 889 F.2d 197 (9th Cir. 1989) 
U-Haul v. Jartran, Inc., 601 F. Supp. 1140 (D. Ariz. 1984); aff'd 793 F.2d 1034 (9th Cir. 1986)
Watec Co. v. Liu, 403 F.3d 645 (9th Cir. 2005)

Dilution
Accuride International, Inc. v. Accuride Corporation, 871 F.2d 1531 (9th Cir. 1989) 
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. v. Balducci Publications, 28 F.3d 769 (8th Cir. 1994) 
Dan's, Inc. v. Coffee Don's Charcoal Broiler, 305 F. Supp. 1210, 163 U.S.P.Q. 602 (N.D.Cal. 1969) 
Dawn Donut Co. v. Hart's Food Stores, Inc., 267 F.2d 358, 121 U.S.P.Q. 330 (2d Cir. 1959) 
Eastman Photographic Materials Co. v. Kodak Cycle Co., 15 Rep. Pat. Cas. 105 (1898) 
Hyatt Corp. v. Hyatt Legal Services, 736 F.2d 1153 (7th Cir. 1984) 
International Order of Jobs Daughters v. Lindeberg & Co., 633 F.2d 912, 208 U.S.P.Q. 718 (9th Cir. 1980) 
L.L. Bean, Inc. v. Drake Publishers, Inc., 811 F.2d 26 (1st Cir. 1987) 
Levi Strauss & Co. v. Blue Bell, Inc., 632 F.2d 817, 208 U.S.P.Q. 713 (9th Cir. 1980) 
Mutual of Omaha v. Novak, 648 F. Supp. 905 (D.C. Neb. 1986) 
Stop the Olympic Prison v. United States Olympic Committee, 489 F. Supp. 1112 (S.D.N.Y. 1980) 
Thane Int'l v. Trek Bicycle Corp., 305 F.3d 894 (9th Cir. 2002)
Toho Co. v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 645 F.2d 788, 210 U.S.P.Q. 547 (9th Cir. 1981) 

Distinctiveness
AMF, Inc. v. Sleekcraft Boats, 599 F.2d 341 (9th Cir. 1979) 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Samara Brothers, Inc., ___ U.S. ___ (2000) 

European Community Trademarks
Pfizer Limited v. Eurofood Link Limited

Fair use
Playboy v. Welles, 7 F. Supp. 2d 1098 (S.D. Cal. 1998), 162 F.3d 1169 (9th Cir. 1998) 

Insurance coverage issues
American States Ins. Co. v. Vorthems, __ F.Supp.2d __ (DC Mo. 1999)
Bank of the West v. Superior Court (1992) 2 Cal. 4th 1254 
Callas Enterprises v. The Travelers Indemnity Company of America, __ F.3d __ (8th Cir. 1999)
Charles E. Thomas Co. v. Transamerica Ins. Group (1998) 62 Cal. App. 4th 379 
The Frog Switch & Mfg.Co., Inc. v. The Travelers Ins. Co., ___F.3d ___ (3d Cir. 1999)
Industrial Indemnity Co. v. Apple Computer Inc., 71 Cal.App. 4th 452 (1999)
Lebas Fashion Imports v. ITT Hartford Ins. Group, 50 Cal. App. 4th 548 
Midiman v. Farmers Insurance Co. (1999) ___ Cal. App. 4th ___, 1999 Daily Journal D.A.R. 11335 
Monarch E & S Ins. Servs. Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. 38 F. Supp. 2d 841 (CD Cal. 1999) 
Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Superior Court, 6 Cal. 4th 287 (1993) 
Palmer v. Truck Ins. Exchange, 21 Cal. 4th 1109 (1999)
ShoLodge, Inc. v. Travelers Indemnity Co of Ill., 168 F.3d 256 (6th Cir. 1999)
Simply Fresh Fruit, Inc v. Continental Ins. Co., 94 F.2d 1219 (9th Cir. 1996) 
Ziman v. Firemans Fund, 73 Cal. App. 4th 1382 (1999) 

International Issues
All England Lawn Tennis Club Ltd. v. Creations Aromatiques, Inc., 220 USPQ 1069 (TTAB 1983) 
Benard Industries v. Bayer A.G., 38 USPQ 2d 1422 (S.D. Fla. 1995) 
Buti v. Perosa, 139 F.3d 98 (2d Cir. 1998) 
Davidoff Extension, S.A. v. Davidoff International, Inc., 612 F.Supp. 4 (S.D. Fla. 1984), aff'd 774 F.2d 1178 (11th Cir. 1985), cert. denied 475 U.S. 1122 (1986) 
Laboratorios Roldan v. Tex, Int'l Inc., 901 F. Supp. 1555 (S.D. Fla. 1995) 
Maison Prunior v. Prunier's Rest. &b Cafe, Inc., 159 Misc. 551, 228 N.Y.S. 259 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1936) 
Majorca S.A. v. Majorca International Ltd., 687 F. Supp. 92 (SDNY 1988) 
Persons Co. v. Chistman, 900 F.2d 1565 (Fed. Cir. 1990) 
Vaudable v. Montmartre, Inc., 20 Misc. 2d 757, 193 N.Y.S. 2d 332 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1959) 

Internet Domain Name issues
Avery Dennison Corp. v. Sumpton, 999 F. Supp. 1337 (C.D. Cal 1998), rev. ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 1999)
Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp. v. Faber, 29 F. Supp. 2d 1161 (C.D. Cal. 1998) 
Brookfield Communications, Inc. v. West Coast Entertainment Corp., No. 98-56918, 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 7779 (9th Cir. 1999) 
Cybersell, Inc. v. Cybersell, Inc. 130 F.3d 414 (9th Cir. 1997) 
EDIAS Software Int'l, L.L.C. v. BASIS Int'l Ltd. 947 F. Supp. 413 (D. Ariz. 1996) 
Interstellar Starship Services, Ltd..v. Epix Inc., ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 1999)
Maritz, Inc. v. Cybergold, Inc., 947 F. Supp. 1328 (E.D. Mo. 1996) 
Panavision International, L.P. v. Toeppen, 141 F.3d 1316 (9th Cir. 1998) 
Planned Parenthood Federation of America v. Bucci, 42 USPQ 2d 1430 (SDNY 1997)
Playboy Enter. Inc. v. Welles, 7 F.2d 1098 (S.D. Cal. 1998) 
Sporty's Farm LLC v. Sportsman's Market, Inc., 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 1246 (2d Cir. 2000)

Jurisdiction/venue
Asahi Metal Ind. v. Super. Ct. of Cal., Solano Cty., 107 S. Ct. 1026, 480 U.S. 102, 94 L. Ed. 2d 92 (1987) 
Banco National de Cuba v. Sabbatino, 376 U.S. 398, 11 L. Ed. 2d 804, 84 S. Ct. 923 (1968) 
Burger King v. Rudzewicz, 105 S. Ct. 2174, 471 U.S. 462, 85 L. Ed. 2d 528 (1985) 
Dole Food Co. v. Watts, 303 F.3d 1104 (9th Cir. 2002)
Helicopteros Nationales de Columbia S.A. v. Hall,  466 U.S. 407, 104 S. Ct. 1868, 80 L. Ed. 2d 404 (1984) 
Joel v. Various John Does, 449 F. Supp. 791 (E.D.Wisc. 1980) 
Sinatra v. National Enquirer, 854 F.2d 1191 (9th Cir. 1984) 
World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. v. Woodson, 444 U.S. 286, 100 S. Ct. 559, 62 L. Ed. 2d 490 (1980) 

Parody
Walt Disney Products v. Air Pirates, 581 F.2d 751 (9th Cir. 1978) 

Procedural Issues

Secondary Meaning
Yellow Cab Co. v. Yellow Cab of Elk Grove, Inc., 419 F.3d 925 (9th Cir. 2005)

Trade Dress
Clicks Billiards, Inc. v. Sixshooters Inc., 251 F.3d 1252 (9th Cir. 2001)

Usage

 

ENTERTAINMENT LAW

Arbitration issues
Calvin Klein Co. v. Minnetonka, Inc., 449 N.Y.S.2d 729 
First Options of Chicago, Inc. v. Kaplan, 115 S. Ct. 1920, 131 L.Ed. 285 (S.Ct. 1995) 
Loeb & Loeb v. Beverly Glen Music, Inc., 166 Cal. App. 3d 1110 
Ross v. Blanchard, 251 Cal. App. 2d 739 

Contract Disputes

Distribution issues

Defamation
Associated Press v. Walker, 388 U.S. 130 (1967) 
Bindrim v. Mitchell, 92 Cal. App. 3d 61 (1979) 
Davis v. Costa Gavras, 654 F. Supp. 653 (SDNY 1987) 
Films of Distinction, Inc. v. Allegro Film Productions, Inc., 12 F. Supp. 2d 1068 (C.D. Cal. 1998)
Flowers v. Carville, 310 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2002)
Gertz v. Welch, 418 U.S. 323 (1974) 
New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964) 
Time v. Hill, 385 U.S. 374 (1967) 

First Amendment
Falwell v. Flynt, 485 U.S. 46 (1988) 
Garrison v. Louisiana, 379 U.S. 64, 78 (1964) 
Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323, 331-32 (1974) 
Mutual of Omaha v. Novak, 836 F.2d 397 (8th Cir. 1987) 
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964) 
Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC, 395 U.S. 367 (1969) 
Herbert v. Lando, 441 U.S. 153, 199 (1979) 

Privacy
Briscoe v. Reader's Digest, 483 P.2d 34 (1971) 
Fellows v. National Enquirer, Inc., 211 Cal. Rptr. 809 (1985) 
Food Lion, Inc. v. Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., __ F. 3d ___ (4th Cir. 1999) 
Melvin v. Reid, 277 P. 91 (1931) 
Sanders v. American Broadcasting Companies, 20 Cal. 4th 907 (1999) 
Schulman v. Group W Productions, Inc., 18 Cal. 4th 200 (1999) 
Sidis v. F-R Publishing Corp., 113 F.2d 806 (2d Cir. 1940) 

Right of publicity
Apple Corp. Ltd. v. Lebber, 229 U.S.P.Q. 1015 (Cal. Super. Ct. 1986) 
Astaire v. Best Film & Video, 136 F.3d 1208 (9th Cir. 1998) 
Baltimore Orioles,  Inc. v. Major League Baseball Players Association, 805 F.2d 663 (7th Cir. 1986) 
Comedy III Productions, Inc. v. Saderup, 68 Cal. App. 4th 744 (1998) 
Cardtoons, L.C. v. Major League Players Association, 95 F.2d 959 (10th Cir. 1996) 
Comedy III Productions, Inc. v. Saderup, Inc., ___ Cal. 4th ___ (2001), affirming 68 Cal. App. 4th 744 (1998) 
Eastwood v. Superior Court, 149 Cal. App.3d 409 (1983) 
Estate of Presley v. Russen, 513 F. Supp. 1339 (D. NJ 1981) 
Elvis Presley Enters., Inc. v. Capece, 950 F. Supp. 783 (S.D. Tex. 1996) 
Fleet v. CBS, Inc., 50 Cal. App. 4th 1911, 58 Cal. Rptr. 2d 645, 41 U.S.P.Q.2d 1749 (1996) 
Frosch v. Grosset & Dunlap, Inc., 75 App. Div. 2d 768, 427 N.Y.S.2d 828 (1980) 
Gugliemi v. Spelling Goldberg Prods, 25 Cal. 3d 860 (1979) 
Haelan Laboratories v. Topps Chewing Gum, 202 F.2d 866 (2d Cir. 1953) 
Hicks v. Casablanca Records, 464 F. Supp. 426 (S.D.N.Y. 1978) 
Jackson v. MPI Home Video, 694 F. Supp. 483 (N.D. Ill. 1988) 
Lugosi v. Universal Pictures, 25 Cal. 3d 813 (1979) 
Michaels v. Internet Entertainment Group, Inc., 5 F. Supp. 2d 823, 836-38 (1998) 
Midler v. Ford Motor Co., 849 F.2d 460 (9th Cir. 1988) 
New Kids on the Block v. News America Publishing Inc., 971 F.2d 302 (9th Cir. 1992) 
Polydoros v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 67 Cal. App. 4th 318 (1998)
Price v. Hal Roach Studios, Inc., 400 F. Supp. 836 (S.D.N.Y. 1975) 
Ventura v. Titan Sports, 65 F.3d 725 (8th Cir. 1995) 
Waits v. Frito-Lay, Inc., 978 F.2d 1093 (9th Cir. 1992) 
White v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., 989 F.2d 1512 (9th Cir. 1993) 
Zacchini v. Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Co., 433 U.S. 562 (1977) 

Talent Agency Act cases
Buchwald v. Superior Court (1967) 254 Cal. App. 2d 347, 62 Cal. Rptr. 364 
Park v. Deftones (1999) 71 Cal. App. 4th 1465, 84 Cal. Rptr. 2d 616 
Styne v. Stevens (2001) 26 Cal. 4th 42
Wachs v. Curry (1993) 13 Cal. App. 4th 616 
Waisbren v. Peppercorn Productions, Inc. (1995) 41 Cal. App. 4th 246, 48 Cal. Rptr. 2d 437 

Title and clearance issues
American Dairy Queen Corp. v. New Line Productions, Inc., 35 F. Supp. 2d 727 (D. Minn. 1998) 
Allied Artists Pictures Corp. v. Friedman, 68 Cal. App. 3d 127, 137 Cal. Rptr. 94 (1977) 
Chamberlain v. Columbia Pictures Corp., 186 F.2d 923 (9th Cir. 1951) 
Cliffs Notes, Inc. v. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing, Group, 886 F.2d 490 (2d Cir. 1989) 
Crown Publishers v. McKay, 107 N.Y.S.2d 176 (1951) 
Fisher v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp., 159 F. Supp. 215 (S.D. Cal. 1958) 
Kelly v. William Morrow & Co., 163 Cal. App. 3d 1625 (1986) 
Mattel, Inc. v. MCA Records, Inc. 28 F. Supp. 2d 1120 (C.D. Cal. 1998) 
No Fear, Inc. v. Imagine Films, Inc., 930 F. Supp. 1381 (C.D. Cal. 1995) 
Ocean Bio-Chem v. Turner Network Television, Inc., 741 F. Supp. 1546 (S.D. Fla. 1990) 
Rogers v. Grimaldi, 875 F.2d 994 (2d Cir. 1989) 
Royer v. Steinberg, 90 Cal. App. 3d 490 (1979) 
Tomlin v. Walt Disney Productions, 18 Cal. App. 6 
Twin Peaks Productions, Inc. v. Publications International, Ltd., 996 F.2d 1366 (2d Cir. 1993) 

 

INTERNET LAW

Domain Name Disputes
Avery Dennison Corp. v. Sumpton, 999 F. Supp. 1337 (C.D. Cal 1998)
Brookfield v. West Coast
Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp. v. Faber, 29 F. Supp. 2d 1161 (C.D. Cal. 1998) 
Panavision International, L.P. v. Toeppen, 141 F.3d 1316 (9th Cir. 1998) 
Planned Parenthood Federation of America v. Bucci, 42 USPQ 2d 1430 (SDNY 1997)
Sporty's Farm LLC v. Sportsman's Market, Inc., 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 1246 (2d Cir. 2000)

Jurisdiction
Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Internet Entertainment Group, Inc., 34 F. Supp. 2d 1145 (E.D. Mo. 1999) 
Barrett v. Catacombs Press, 44 F. Supp. 2d 717 (E.D.Pa. 1999)
Benusan Restaurant Corp. v. King, 126 F. 3d 25 (2d Cir. 1997)
Cybersell, Inc. v. Cybersell, Inc.,  __ F. 3d __ (9th Cir. 1997)
GTE New Media Services, Inc. v. BellSouth Corp., 199 F.3d 1343 (D.C. Cir. 2000)
Jewish Defense Organization, Inc. v. Superior Court, 72 Cal. App. 4th 1045 (1999) 
Millennium Entertainment, Inc. v. Millenium Music LP, 33 F. Supp. 2d 907 (D. Ore. 1999) 
Stomp, Inc. v. Neato LLC, 61 F. Supp.2d 1074 (C.D. Cal. 1999)
Zippo Mfg. Co. v. Zippo Dot Com, Inc., 952 F.Supp. 1119 (W.D. Pa. 1997) 

Misc.
Ryan v. CARL Corp., 23 F. Supp. 2d 1146 (N.D. Cal. 1998) 

 



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