Judge Rules KickassTorrents Founder Properly Charged With Criminal Copyright Conspiracy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Artem Vaulin, awaiting extradition from Poland, can't convince the judge he's being charged with something — secondary copyright infringement — that's not a crime.

Beyonce Can't Dodge "Formation" Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

It's premature to rule that Messy Mya's heir doesn't have a plausible claim, the court held. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Beyonce

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.

"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

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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Asked and Answered: Copyright Renewals

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer a question about whether you need to renew copyright. A reader wrote in with a question about copyrights needing to be renewed. I’ll answer the renewal question, and explain how copyright duration works, in just a moment.

Spotify Hit With Two Lawsuits Claiming "Staggering" Copyright Infringement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The plaintiffs, including a founding member of the group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, call the streaming giant's recent $43 million settlement with publishers and songwriters an "empty gesture." read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Tech 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

'All Eyez on Me' Producers Say Suing Journalist Lacked Copyright Registration

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Lionsgate and Morgan Creek demand dismissal of Kevin Powell's copyright lawsuit targeting their Tupac Shakur biopic. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Disney Seeks Dismissal of 'Zootopia' Copyright Lawsuit

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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

Is Copyright Registration Required Before Licensing – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Does a song have to be registered with the copyright office before you can obtain a license to use it in your film or other project? You don’t need to have a registration to own a copyright, or to do anything with the copyrighted work. AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com.

Disney Wins Dismissal of 'Zootopia' Copyright Lawsuit (For Now)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

At this point, a judge doesn't see enough similarity in work from Gary L. Goldman, the writer of "Total Recall." read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Ed Sheeran Settles Copyright Lawsuit Over 'Photograph'

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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

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

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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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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.

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Learn copyright law basics from a comic book!?

Gordon P. Firemark

A copyright law comic book? It's a comic book style presentation of copyright law basics, and it's worth a look. After all, reading up on copyright law from the dusty old books may be MY cup of tea, but it's probably not yours.

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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.

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: .

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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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.

Bob Marley's "War" Sparks Copyright Fight

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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

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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

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

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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

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

Broadcasters Settle Copyright Dispute With FilmOn

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

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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.

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

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Supreme Court Turns Down "Dancing Baby" Copyright Case

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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

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

Judge Knocks Out 'Iron Man' Copyright Lawsuit

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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

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.

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

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

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

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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 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

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Blind Melon Hit With Countersuit in 'Insane' Copyright Dispute

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The band is allegedly breaching an agreement to license "No Rain." read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online