Is copyright getting tougher? – Episode 78

Gordon P. Firemark

Is it harder to register a Copyright now? The post Is copyright getting tougher? The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.

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Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Copyright Renewals?

Gordon P. Firemark

A reader wrote in with a question about whether copyrights need to be renewed. I’ll answer the renewal question, and explain how copyright duration works, in just a moment. Modern Copyright law doesn’t require (or permit) any renewal. TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com.

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"Blurred Lines" Appeal Brief Says Artists Can't Copyright a Groove

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"A 'groove' or 'feeling' cannot be copyrighted, and inspiration is not copying." read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Supreme Court Rules on Copyright Fee Shifting

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The decision is likely to be cited in most future copyright cases. The Business Business THR Online Copyrightread more. THR, Esq.

7 big benefits of registering your copyrights early.

Gordon P. Firemark

Copyright Registration should happen within 3 months after a work is first published. These benefits are, in fact, so significant, that we recommend content owners establish a practice of registering copyrights, long before any infringement occurs or litigation is anticipated.

"Happy Birthday" Copyright Ruled To Be Invalid

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge grants summary judgment to a filmmaker challenging Warner Chappel's copyright to a song more than a century old. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

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When Should You Register Your Copyrights – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

When should you register your copyrights? One of the most common questions I get from clients I the business is about when they should register their copyrights. So, here goes… First off, registration is not necessary to perfect the copyrights in a work, but the benefits of registration, especially early registration are so significant, copyright owners should make a practice of registering their copyrights well in advance of any trouble arising.

Disney Seeks Dismissal of 'Zootopia' Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The studio tells a judge that its hit animated film is nothing like the one pitched by the writer of "Total Recall." read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

'Empire' Beats "Gangsta Pimp's" $10M Copyright Suit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Pimpin' ain't easy, and neither is winning a copyright lawsuit against a major network. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Empire

Asked & Answered: should I register multiple copyrights together!

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Angel asks about registering his multiple copyrights under a single folio of works. Asked & Answered: should I register multiple copyrights together! This video provides my answer: A: .

Ed Sheeran Settles Copyright Lawsuit Over 'Photograph'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Originally seeking at least $20 million in damages, songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard alleged the song derived from their work. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Producer vs. Director. 2nd Circuit: “No director copyright”

Gordon P. Firemark

He also registered the film’s copyright in his own name. Google, over an actress’ claimed copyright in her contribution to the controversial film Innocence of Muslims. In most instances, the participants have signed agreements clarifying issues of ownership and copyright.

Appeals Court Rules Website Moderators Can Potentially Undercut Copyright Defense

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In its latest big decision on the copyright front, the 9th Circuit revives a paparazzi agency's lawsuit over a photo of Beyonce Knowles showing off her baby bump.

Supreme Court Turns Down "Dancing Baby" Copyright Case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The justices decide not to review a dispute triggered when Universal Music ordered the takedown of a YouTube video showing a cute baby dancing to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy." read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech THR Online

CBS Beats Lawsuit Over Pre-1972 Songs With Bold Copyright Argument

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge determines that remastered versions of old songs get copyright — and owners of the originals can't stop the public performance of them. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Failure to Register LeBron James' Tattoo as Copyright Proves Costly

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The game isn't over, but NBA 2K16 just scored big in a copyright lawsuit over players' tattoos. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

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Taxing Dead Celebs, Fee Shifting in Copyright Cases and Red Flag Knowledge – ELU 75

Gordon P. Firemark

State Ownership of Copyrights – more news. Georgia Copyrighting its laws (relate to Butts/CA statute from last ep). More on California’s move to copyright it’s works.

Stairway to Heaven, Copyright Small Claims, Tattoo T-Shirt & DOJ Ruling – Episode 76

Gordon P. Firemark

2 Is there a Small Claims Copyright Court in the future? The post Stairway to Heaven, Copyright Small Claims, Tattoo T-Shirt & DOJ Ruling – Episode 76 originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

Broadcasters Settle Copyright Dispute With FilmOn

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The development occurs after CBS, Fox, and NBC score a March victory at one appellate circuit with other decisions loomings. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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NBC's 'Timeless' Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The suit claims the show is a ripoff of a Spanish series. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Timeless

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Asked and Ansswered: International Copyright Protection

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Vince asks: Does having an IP [screenplay] copyrighted in one country make it binding in another country? In other words, If I copyrighted a script in the US… does that copyright also hold legal status in Ireland?

Bob Marley's "War" Sparks Copyright Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Allan Cole says he wrote "War" and "Natty Dread" but just recently discovered he doesn't own the copyrights. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Bob Marley

Jay Z Wins Copyright Trial Over Egyptian "Big Pimpin'" Sample

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The judge found the plaintiff lacked standing for his copyright lawsuit against the rapper and producer Timbaland. read more. THR, Esq. Earshot The Business Music Culture Business THR Online Jay Z Timbaland

Blind Melon Settles 'Insane' Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The dispute veered from a possible discussion of cover songs to differing interpretations of what happened in licensing negotiations. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

The Trump Admin's Advice to Supreme Court in Copyright Case Is a True Mind-Bender

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Although a "significant legal error" has supposedly been made — copyright holders must consider fair use before sending takedown notices — the Acting Solicitor General tells the high court to reject a review of baby-dancing-to-Prince.

Duran Duran Loses Case, Brought In Britain, Over American Copyrights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Judge Richard Arnold found, "not without hesitation," that "any termination notices filed by the band were voided by these provisions in their contract." read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Music Music Billboard

LMFAO Bombshell? Rick Ross' 'Hustlin' Copyright Under Examination

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Copyright Office says it shouldn't have registered the hip-hop artist's smash hit. The U.S. As a result, a high-profile lawsuit gets cloudy. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Judge Wants to Know If 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Was Abandoned

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An order today might give Warner/Chappell reason to be optimistic in defending the validity of its copyright to the English language's most popular song.

U.S. Supreme Court Wants Government's Take on Copyright Takedown Case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The high court is considering whether to grant review of a dispute triggered when Universal Music ordered the takedown of YouTube video showing a cute baby dancing to Prince's song. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Tech Business THR Online

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Copyright Renewals?

Gordon P. Firemark

A reader wrote in with a question about copyrights need to be renewed. I’ll answer the renewal question, and explain how copyright duration works, in just a moment. Modern Copyright law doesn’t require (or permit) any renewal. TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com.

Changing Titles of Works Registered for Copyright

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about changing titles of works once registered for copyright protection. A client recently wrote me with a question about changing the title of a work that’s been registered for copyright.

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Viacom, Google on Same Copyright Page in Appellate Fight Over Music Licensing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments whether the Justice Department is right to bar BMI from issuing fractional licenses. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online

YouTube Again Beats Viacom's Massive Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

After an appellate court revived Viacom''s claims that YouTube hosted copyright infringing work, U.S. District judge Louis Stanton has again given the defendant a victory. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

Judge Knocks Out 'Iron Man' Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The complaint alleged that the superhero's body armor was derived from another comic book. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Judge Overturns Jury's Verdict That 'Jersey Boys' Is a Copyright Infringement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

After nearly a decade in court, a Nevada judge decides that producers, writers and the director of the hit musical fairly used an unpublished biography. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

Copyright Runs Amok in Comic Case

The Legal Satyricon

Marvel: Copyright in the Three-Point Landing? I love copyright law, usually. Originally, copyright protected works for 14 years, with a renewal period of 14 […]. copyrightHorizon v. Why is it there? It is there to ensure that authors and artists can profit from their work. Great idea. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, the concept got polluted.

'God's Not Dead' Producers Facing $100M Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Michael Landon Jr. and Kelly Kullberg claim the faith-based film used their story. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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Judge Allows Copyright Lawsuit Against Marvel Over 'Iron Man 3' Poster

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The body armor, though, is too common in the comic book or superhero genre. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Jay Z Seeks Delay of Copyright Trial Due to Egyptian's Medical Condition

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The "Big Pimpin" copyright trial is scheduled to begin next Monday. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

Judge Allows Bid to Free "We Shall Overcome" From Copyright

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Arguments of originality and registration aren't enough to save the Richmond Organization and Ludlow Music from having to face a lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online