Eagles Sue Hotel California for Trademark Infringement

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The Baja hotel isn't affiliated with the famous song. read more. THR, Esq. Music Home Music THR Online

Spotify Hit With Two Lawsuits Claiming "Staggering" Copyright Infringement

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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

'Walking Dead' Producer Sues for Trademark Infringement

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The name 'Valhalla' is at the center of the dispute. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

'House of Cards' Distributor Sued for Trademark Infringement

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A Massachusetts company wants the court to order distributors of 'House of Cards' to stop using the phrase and destroy any physical or digital materials that bear the mark. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online House of Cards

Grumpy Cat Brings Grumpy Lawsuit Over Infringement of Intellectual Property

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The famous feline — or her owners — target a coffee company allegedly not living up to a licensing deal. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

NBCUniversal Sues Company for Infringing on "NBCU" Trademark

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No, the company isn't suing itself. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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

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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a decade in court, a Nevada judge decides that producers, writers and the director of the hit musical fairly used an unpublished biography.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

Paramount Claims Crowdfunded 'Star Trek' Film Infringes Copyright to Klingon Language

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The film studio details what in the "Star Trek" universe is protected by law. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

'NBA 2K' Videogame Maker Sued for Copyright Infringement Over LeBron James' Tattoos

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Take-Two Software is taken to court by a company that demanded more than $1.1 million for a license to eight tattoo designs. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Jury Finds 'Jersey Boys' Creators Liable for Copyright Infringment

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The amount of damages, if any, to be awarded has not yet been determined. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online

'Buckaroo Banzai' Creators Claim MGM Infringed Copyright by Shopping TV Series

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Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter say in court papers that the early 80s deal with MGM was a limited one. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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Blind Melon Sues "Insane" Songwriters for Covering Up 'No Rain' Infringement

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According to a lawsuit launched on Tuesday, "This is a somewhat unique case where substantial and verbatim copying is not disputed." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

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Hollywood Docket: '80s Rockers RATT Out Ex-Bandmate for Trademark Infringement; Rolling Stone's Anonymous Source Deposed

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Plus: a judge says Hollywood's accepted business practices don't trump New York law. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

TNT Settles 'Falling Skies' Font Infringement Lawsuit

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A deal ends German designer's lawsuit over the allegedly wrong use of font software on the verge of the series' second season. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business TNT Falling Skies

Dr. Phil Sues Gawker for Copyright Infringement

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The suit claims that the TV therapist''s interview with the Manti Te''o hoaxster suffered in the ratings after footage was posted early to Deadspin.com. read more. Phil McGraw THR, Esq. Television Manti Te''o Live Feed

Lawsuit Targets Big Political Super PAC for Infringing Paul Anka Song

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The songwriter behind "Times of Your Life" is suing Club for Growth Action. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Business THR Online

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'Pioneer' of Wrestling Entrance Music Sues WWE for Copyright Infringement

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Papa Berg says his investigation turned up a "a systematic pattern of errors" that caused him to be deprived of royalties. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Business

Content Industry Gets Favored Interpretation of "Repeat Infringers" in MP3Tunes Appeal

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MP3Tunes and its founder Michael Robertson can't escape a determination of owing tens of millions of dollars to record labels and music publishers. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Tech Business THR Online

Hollywood Docket: Oscar Nominee Claims Copyright Infringement, MGM Hit With Intern Lawsuit

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Plus Showtime's fight against piracy of its Mayweather-Pacquiao match and a photographer's claim over photos of N.W.A. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music THR Online MGM Showtime

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Angelina Jolie Sued For Copyright Infringement Over New Film

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Eriq Gardner Jolie, GK Films, FilmDistrict and the Bosnian co-producer of 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' are claimed to have based the film on a 2007 book by a Croatian journalist about a love affair during the Bosnian Civil War. read more. THR, Esq.

Producer of 1980s BMX Movie 'Rad' Sues Vans Shoes For Infringing Designs

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Schwartzman Pictures alleges the iconic skate shoe manufacturer never licensed the film's logo. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Culture Business THR Online

Does Law Ratchet Infringe Bloggers’ Copyrights?

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Yesterday, I wrote a post here about the debut of Law Ratchet, a site that aggregates legal news and blog posts. Afterwards, a reader emailed me asking a key question my post did not address — that of whether Law Ratchet is violating the copyrights of the publishers and bloggers whose stories it is picking up. For [.]. General

Academy Sues Events Company for Oscar Copyright Infringement

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Daniel Miller The lawsuit alleges that Illinois-based TheEventLine.com sells unauthorized eight-foot statues that are 'strikingly' similar to the Oscar statuette. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Home AMPAS Oscars

Bravo Sued for Patent Infringement Over Foodie Website

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The network has a database of recipes from all Top Chef seasons and that's illegal, according to one patent holder in Texas. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Tech Business

'Wolverine' Pirate Pleads Guilty to Copyright Infringement

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Matthew Belloni Gilberto Sanchez, a New York-based glass installer and musician, uploaded a work print of Fox's hit superhero movie a month before its May 2009 release. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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'Cowboys & Aliens' Comic Book Author Sues Universal for Copyright Infringement

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Matthew Belloni Steven John Busti claims his story was ripped off to create the Jon Favreau-directed film. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Home Movies Jon Favreau Cowboys & Aliens

Ghostface Killah Sued By 'Iron Man' Composer for Copyright Infringement

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Eriq Gardner Ghostface Killah sued for illegally sampling 'Iron Man' theme.and calling himself 'Tony Starks' read more. THR, Esq. Music Music

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Record industry targets Google for linking to infringing songs

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By Eriq Gardner Is Google about to be hit with a major new lawsuit for linking to copyright infringing songs? A UK trade group representing more than 300 record companies including UMG, Sony and Warner Bros. has sent Google a.

Film Academy Investigating Google In 'Oscars' Infringement Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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Facing a lawsuit for letting users "park" Academy Awards-related domain names, GoDaddy has been fingering Google's role. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Oscars 2013 Oscars Google Tech Business

MP3Tunes Founder Michael Robertson Found Liable for Copyright Infringement

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A jury finds that the once-popular website willfully blinded itself to thousands of songs being stolen. read more. The Business Music THR Online THR, Esq. Business

SPEILBERG PREVAILS IN COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT SUIT

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Southern District Court in New York has found that director Steven Spielberg's film "Disturbia" does not infringe the copyright in the short story "Rear Window," which was the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock movie with the same title. For a plaintiff to prevail in a copyright infringement case, two elements must be proved: (1) ownership of a valid copyright, and (2) copying of constituent elements of the work that are original. The U.S.

Asked and Answered: Parody/Satire and copyright infringement.

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: When does a parody of someone else’s material infringe on their copyright? Simply put, if a new work copies the work of another, it infringes the copyright in that work… BUT, in the U.S., Asked and Answered: Parody/Satire and copyright infringement.

Hollywood Docket: Superman Legal Fees; Telenovela Infringement; Lionsgate Lawsuit

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A roundup of entertainment law news including the expensive battle over Superman rights, a battle over Spanish-language programming and a Fox settlement. read more. The Business Telemundo Lionsgate THR, Esq. DC Comics National Geographic Channel Business

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Sir Elton John Sued for Copyright Infringement

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Twenty years after Guy Hobbs first thought Elton John’s hit “Nikiti” was lyrically too similar to Hobbs’ poem “Natasha,” Hobbs’ sued John, Bernie Taupin and Big Pig Music in federal court for copyright infringement on April 26, 2012. Whether or not Hobbs can prove infringement is not the primary issue in this case. Hobbs’ has admitted in his complaint he had actual knowledge in 2001 of the alleged infringement.

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ISPs and User Copyright Infringement

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Amanda Harmon Cooley, South Texas College of Law, is publishing A Contractual Deterrence Strategy for User-Generated Copyright Infringement and Subsequent Service Provider Litigation in the SMU Law Review. Here is the abstract. This article explores the ways in which Internet

Charbucks Trademark Does Not Infringe Starbucks

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New Hampshire coffee roaster, The Black Bear, won its 12-year battle against Starbucks , when the Second Court of Appeals confirmed the lower court’s ruling of no trademark infringement. Starbucks takes an aggressive stance against potential trademark infringers.

Hells Angels Sue Dillard’s and Rapper Clothing Line for Trademark Infringement

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The test for trademark infringement is likelihood of consumer confusion regarding the source of the product.

Music Composition and Copyright Infringement

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Mary's University School of Law, has published An Empirical Examination of the Lay Listener Test in Music Composition Copyright Infringement. Jamie Lund, St. Here is the abstract. Music recordings consist of two distinct copyright protections: (1) a copyright in the

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Massive judgment in World of Warcraft copyright infringement case

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By Eriq Gardner A federal court has thrown down the gauntlet against the operator of a private server used to play the MMORP game World of Warcraft, awarding Vivendi subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment a staggering $89 million. The defendant in the.

Judge: Republican infringed Don Henley songs in campaign ads

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By Eriq Gardner A federal judge has tentatively ruled that California senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore violated rocker Don Henley's copyrights on two songs when he used them as the basis for campaign commercials posted on YouTube. In addition, the judge.