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Protecting Magic Tricks

Protecting Magic Tricks

In a decision a few days ago, Judge James C. Mahan of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, found for a magician by the name of Teller in a copyright infringement lawsuit.  The copyright in question was a trick Teller has been performing trick since 1976, which he calls shadows.  Gerard Dogge, the defendant in the case, posted a video on Youtube called The Rose & Her Shadow, the caption of the video being “I’ve seen the great Penn & Teller performing a similar trick, and now I’m very happy to share my version in a different and more impossible way for you.”  The case will likely continue to trial on the question of what damages are to be paid by Dogge.

Peter Menchini

Pete Menchini is a second year student at Fordham Law. His interest in IP started years ago, from a misguided belief that every single idea his group of friends came up with could be patented and sold for millions of dollars. While his expectations of quick fortune diminished proportionally with the more he learned about the actual requirements of a patent, he did develop an interest in patent law itself. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, snowboarding, and scrolling endlessly through reddit.