By Contributor Roger M. Groves, Professor of Law and Director of the Business Law Program at Florida Coastal School of Law.
A small startup company, Aereo, provides a method of streaming broadcast TV through a browser. It provides a DVR in a cloud storage system by micro-version TV antennas, thereby rebroadcasting programming content found in the public airwaves. Aero has recently been sued by a contingent of broadcasters, including Fox, Univision, and PBS and a majority of the media outlets in New York City. The claim is that Aereo infringes of their copyrights. The broadcasters seek an injunction to immediately stop Aereo’s activities and attendant monetary damages.
By Contributor Brittany N. White: Florida Coastal School of Law JD and Sports Law Certificate Program Candidate 2014, former intern for Cashmere Agency (Entertainment Marketing).
The NCAA has ruled that a former University of Tennessee assistant football coach has violated NCAA rules for knowingly collaborating with a booster to provide impermissible travel and lodging to prospective student athletes. Continue reading →
Under Armour, Inc., a Maryland athletic apparel corporation, has recently filed suit under the Lanham Act for Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition against the Oregon based corporate giant, Nike, Inc. The suit arises out of Nike’s alleged wrongful use of Under Armour’s famous phrase “I WILL”. Continue reading →
On March 19, 2013, a patent was issued to individuals Twitter. The patent is awarded for “tweeting” which is technically titled under the patent as a “Device Independent Message Distribution Platform.”
A provisional patent application was filed in July, 2007, so the question of whether the devise was sufficiently novel, useful, and non-obvious is determined as of that time. According the Patent Office, Twitter had a patentable method of distributing messages independently of the sending or receiving devices and “beneficially allows for device independent point to multipoint communication.” For more detailed information see U.S. Patent No. 8,401,009.
- Roger M. Groves, director of business law certificate program, Florida Coastal School of Law
The Coastal Updates on Regulatory Affairs and Business (CURB) blog provides regulatory updates, including statutory amendments and regulations that implement statutes affecting business entities, and the law firms and accounting firms that represent them. Included as well are updates and interpretations relevant to the business of sports at both the collegiate and professional levels.