Betty Boop — A Threat To Licensing Programs

Law360, New York (March 14, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT) -- Licensing programs for professional and college sports logos, and other character licensing programs have been put at risk by a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In Fleischer Studios Inc. v. A.V.E.L.A. Inc., No. 09-56317 (9th Cir. Feb. 23, 2011), the Ninth Circuit — whose rulings are binding on federal courts in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Hawaii — threw out claims asserted by the alleged owners of the copyrights and trademarks in the image of the...
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