The case of the day is Magi XXI, Inc. v. Stato della Città del Vaticano (2d Cir. 2013). The Vatican Office of Publications, an instrumentality of the Vatican City State, entered into a license agreement with Second Renaissance, LLC, under which it granted Second Renaissance the right to produce and market products based on reproductions of artifacts in the Vatican Library. Under the agreement, Second Renaissance had the right to sublicense its rights under certain conditions. Second Renaissance entered into a sublicense agreement with Magi under which Magi would have the right to produce “candles, chocolates, confections, flowers, stamps, wrapping paper/gift bags, and fundraising materials, which would bear the name, logo, and seal of the Vatican Library.” Both the master license agreement and the…

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