Stylized Derivative of Wisconsin Major Photo on T-Shirt Deemed Fair Use

by Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel   Michael Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC and Underground Printing-Wisconsin LLC, No. 13-3004 (7th Cir., September 15, 2014) Michael Kienitz photographed the Wisconsin major, Paul Klogin, at his 2011 inauguration.  With Kienitz’s permission (but no fee), the major posted the portrait on the official city’s website.  An artist operating under Sconnie Nation […]

Stylized Derivative of Wisconsin Major Photo on T-Shirt Deemed Fair Use

by Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel   Michael Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC and Underground Printing-Wisconsin LLC, No. 13-3004 (7th Cir., September 15, 2014) Michael Kienitz photographed the Wisconsin major, Paul Klogin, at his 2011 inauguration.  With Kienitz’s permission (but no fee), the major posted the portrait on the official city’s website.  An artist operating under Sconnie […]

Supreme Court Allows Copyright Claim to Proceed Despite Delay

by  Mary Rasenberger and Danielle Efros (Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP) On May 19th, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. et al., 2014 WL 2011574 (U.S. May 19, 2014), ruling that laches, an equitable doctrine barring suits after unreasonable delay, cannot be used to preclude copyright infringement claims brought within […]