In American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the National Football League was subject to suit under the Sherman Antitrust Act regarding its practices in licensing team trademarks to merchandisers. Between 1963 and 2000, the IP licensing entity set up by the league, NFL Properties, had “granted nonexclusive licenses to a number of vendors,” including American Needle, “permitting them to manufacture and sell apparel bearing team insignias.” In 2000, however, an exclusive license was granted to Reebok. American Needle, having lost out on the deal, responded with an antitrust suit in the Northern District of… More
Monthly Archives: July 2010
Can You Be A Little More Specific? General Knowledge of Copyright Infringement Not Sufficient to Forfeit DMCA Safe Harbor Protection: Viacom International, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc.
Almost since the founding of YouTube in 2005, the on-line video service has been labeled by commentators as a top virtual destination for copyright-infringing material. According to a lawsuit brought by Viacom International, Inc., YouTube was aware of this alleged infringement as a general matter, and through advertising revenues profited handsomely from it. Nevertheless, a federal judge has held that YouTube’s general knowledge alone, without information about specific instances of infringement, was not enough to forfeit the protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).