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Mouse Bites Dog.

Seattle design studio Modern Dog filed a complaint against Disney and others for infringing drawings from its book, “Modern Dog:  20 Years of Poster Art.” Disney’s infringement took the form of a T-shirt made to promote Ashley Tisdale’s High School Musical spinoff, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. Which is amusing, since Disney is notoriously belligerent in protecting its own…

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Hamburgled! Singing Sock Puppet Tossed Out of Court in McDonald’s Copyright Case

In 2008, “The Big Mac Chant Contest” ran on MySpace, asking contestants to rework the famous Big Mac jingle (“Two all beef patties …”) for a shot at having their take used in an official McDonald’s ad. Dan Calden of Norwood, performing as MC Smiley Dan, made a goofy video singing along to his barebones remix,…

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Copyright Plaintiff’s Claim Suffers From A Glass Jaw.

Chris Escobedo, the owner of Elite Tattoo, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona for copyright infringement against THQ, Inc., the makers of the hit mixed martial arts (“MMA”) video games UFC Undisputed 2010 and UFC Undisputed 3. (2:12-cv-02470-JAT). The lawsuit is over the supposedly unauthorized usage of a tattoo Escobedo…

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