San Diego Wins Comic-Con Trademark Case

A jury gave a positive verdict to Comic-Con International in its three year old trademark lawsuit against the Salt Lake Comic Con. The lawsuit stems from 2014 when the Salt Lake convention drove a high end car labeled “Salt Lake Comic Con” around San Diego during the San Diego convention. Although Comic-Con International sued for $12 million in damages, they were only awarded $20,000.
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Cosplay Trademark Dropped

Following outrage about trademarking the phrase “Cosplay is not Consent”, Troy Doerner, CEO of Cosplay Deviants, has issued a statement that he will be legally abandoning the trademark.
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Consent Slogan Trademarked

The slogan “Cosplay is not consent” was trademarked by the website Cosplay Deviants in November 2016. There are reports that Cosplay Deviants are sending notices to conventions announcing their ownership of the phrase, but Cosplay Deviant states that they are not and have no plans to charge people for the use of the phrase.
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Game of Thrones Hacker

Behzad Mesri has been charged with various counts of computer fraud, as well as wire fraud, interstate transmission of an extortionate communication, and aggravated identity theft as a result of hacking HBO’s servers and stealing and releasing episode of Game of Thrones early. Although he has been indicted, Mesri, who is Iranian, is not currently in custody.
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Harry Potter Prequel Stolen

A handwritten Harry Potter short story, which J.K. Rowling auctioned off for charity in 2008, has been stolen. The story, about an encounter James Potter and Sirius Black have with muggle policemen, has never been published and take sup two sides of an A5 sized postcard. Several pieces of jewelry was also taken during the robbery in Birmingham.
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Woman Wins Moon Dust

A Chicgao area woman who purchased a bag of Moon dust that was put up for auction inadvertently by the US government has won the right to own the artifacts. The bag was stolen by Max Ary, former president of a space museum in Kansas and was seized by the government. The back was accidentally put up for auction by the US Marshal service and Nancy Carlson purchased it. NASA tried to reclaim it when she sought their assistance in verifying the bag and dust.
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Anaxar Lawsuit Allowed to Continue

Federal Judge R. Gary Klausner has ruled that the Axanar fan film was the type of “derivative work” which is barred by copyright law and has declared that Paramount’s lawsuit against the producers of Axanar can move forward. His ruling paves the way for a jury trial on whether Axanar is an infringement on Paramount’s copyrights. Klausner rejected the Axanar creators’ claims that their work was transformative parody or criticism.
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Astronaut Charged with Murder

Former James D. Halsell, Jr., who flew on four shuttle flights between 1994 and 2000, has been charged with murder stemming from the deaths of two girls in a DUI. Halsell commanded two of his missions and led the Return to Flight Planning Team following the Columbia disaster.

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Publish America v. Writer Beware Settled

A defamation lawsuit filed in 2014 by Publish America (now America Star Books) against Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss, Michael Capobianco, and Rich White has been settled. In addition to defamation, the lawsuit alleged conspiracy. In January 2016, America Star Books’ attorney reached out to settle the lawsuit. America Star agreed to release all claims asserted against Writer Beware (et al.), and to stipulate to Dismissal With Prejudice. ASB does not admit lack of merit and the Writer Beware group does not admit any liability. Writer Beware is an organization which focuses on warning authors of predatory practices in the publishing industry.
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Kenyon Sues Clare

Sherrilyn Kenyon has filed a plagiarism lawsuit against novelist Cassandra Clare. Kenyon’s suit alleges that Clare’s “Shadowhunter” infringes copyrighted and trademarked elements of Kenyon’s “Dark-Hunter” series. Kenyon is seeking compensatory damages for lost profits. Kenyon’s works are published by St Martin’s Press in the US and Piatkus, Little, Brown, in the UK. Clare’s works are published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Books and Walker Books in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US. In January, a Netflix series based on Clare’s works was released.
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The lawsuit (pdf)

ETA: copy of the complaint.