'Kong, the Origin' Film at Center of Fraud Suit

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The film at issue is a sci-fi adaptation of Chinese literary classic 'Journey to the West,' which tells the story of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

CBS Argues Remastered Versions of Old Songs Original Enough to Be Copyrighted

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Does adjusting the loudness and timbre of a sound recording mean indefinite copyright duration, but no ability to stop radio stations from playing it? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

Odd Legal Question Du Jour: Was 'Y.M.C.A.' Originally French?

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The answer will play a difference in a closely-watched lawsuit concerning the copyright termination rights of authors. read more. Music THR, Esq. Business

'X-Men: Wolverine' Pirate Sentenced to Year in Federal Prison

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Movies Movies Hugh Jackman X-Men Origins: WolverineMatthew Belloni Gilberto Sanchez said he bought a copy of the 2009 Hugh Jackman superhero movie on a street corner near his home in the Bronx and admitted to uploading it to the Internet. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

Asked & Answered: Original vs. Adapted works

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Q: “When is a work ‘Original’, and when is it an ‘adaptation’?&#. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

Effort to Free Civil Rights Anthem May Hinge on Difference Between "Will" and "Shall"

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Is the official narrative on the origins of "We Shall Overcome" one big lie? A judge will soon decide. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Culture THR Online

Take-Two Argues Tattoos in 'NBA 2K' Are Fair Use

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The videogame publisher tells a judge that tattoos originally created for self-expression now serve the purpose of authenticity. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Quincy Jones' Royalty Trial Delayed Because of Sony Music Conflict

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Trial was originally set to begin Oct. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Where Did the Idea for Stopping Brand Sponsored Piracy Originate?

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I’ve had enough questions lately about why I started focusing on brand sponsored piracy that I thought it important enough to give credit where it’s due.

The Origins of the First Amendment's Speech and Press Clauses

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Ronald K. Collins, University of Washington School of Law, has published The Speech & Press Clauses of the First Amendment at 29 Delaware Lawyer 8 (Winter 2011/2012). Here is the abstract. Examining the history leading to the adoption of

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Police Brutality Backfires (Original)

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Buzzfeed Publishes Original Memos Concerning Allegations Re Trump and Russia

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Here, Buzzfeed's original piece Buzzfeed's decision to publish memos including unverified information regarding personal and financial information relating to President-Elect Donald Trump has caused some reaction among journalists. Here, a story from CNN, here a piece from Slate.

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Manning on English and Continental Tests of Originality in Copyright

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Colin Manning, Cork Institute of Technology, has published English & Continental Tests of Originality: Labour, Skill, and Judgement versus Creations of the Mind. This paper traces the provenance of the predominant tests of originality in copyright

The argument against Scalia style Supreme Court "Originalism" Alexander Hamilton

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The argument against Scalia style Supreme Court "Originalism" "Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things." Elliot's Debates, volume 2, p. 364. (28 28 July 1788) By Alexander Hamilton

The Originality of Fictional Facts and the Protection of Copyright Law

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Matt Kellogg, Covington & Burling LLP, has published The Problem of Fictional Facts: Idea, Expression, and Copyright's Balance Between Author Incentive and Public Interest at 58 Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 549 (2011). Here is the abstract

Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Against Dr. Dre Over Beats Headphone Royalties

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Steven Lamar alleges a 2007 deal entitled him to money from derivative versions of the original design. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

Lauriat on Walter v. Lane (1900), Originality, and Copyright Protection Under UK Law @KCL_Law

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Originality is a cornerstone of contemporary copyright law; in order Barbara Lauriat, King's College London, is publishing Walter v. Lane (1900) in Landmark Cases in Intellectual Property Law, chapter 7 (Jose Bellido, ed., Hart Publishing, 2017). Here is the abstract.

Rick Ross Loses Legal Claim Over LMFAO's "Everyday I'm Shufflin" T-Shirts

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Divorced from the music, Ross' own "everyday I'm hustlin" isn't original enough to be copyrightable. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music 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

'Friday the 13th' Producer Points to Writers' Union Membership in Bid to Retain Franchise Rights

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Victor Miller, the original film's scriptwriter, is looking to reclaim rights, but will he be able to take the hockey-masked "Jason" with him? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

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

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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

OU student won't reveal racist chant's origin | MSNBC

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OU student won''t reveal racist chant''s origin | MSNBC

Guadamuz @technollama on The Monkey Selfie, Copyright, Originality, and Internet Jurisdiction

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Andres Guadamuz, University of Sussex, is publishing The Monkey Selfie: Copyright Lessons for Originality in Photographs and Internet Jurisdiction in volume 5 of the Internet Policy Review (2016).

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

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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

Who is the original Glasshole?

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Who was the original Glasshole? Professor Geoff Nunberg writing at NPR tells us that. Google G]lass can seem a lot creepier when it’s being worn by somebody else. People have started call the early adopters”Glassholes,” and I can see why.

Copyright's Originality Standard

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Joseph Scott Miller, Lewis & Clark Law School, has published Hoisting Originality, as Lewis & Clark Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. Copyright's originality standard is ripe for reappraisal. 2009-4. Here is the abstract. Many have described how copyright

Hollywood Studios Sued for Recycling Film Soundtracks Too Much

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A new lawsuit from the American Federation of Musicians counts dozens of examples from "Bridesmaids" to "Argo" where music wasn't totally original.

Composer's Heirs Sue Over CBS' Use of Original "Hawaii 5-0" Theme

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Remember that propulsive, beat-heavy theme song for the original television series Hawaii 5-0? CBS is reusing it in the reboot, and the late composer Morton Stevens'' children have filed a lawsuit alleging that the network does not actually have the

@chriswillman: @WriteGirlLA Teams Pro Songwriters With Local Youth to Create Original Music — Artist Rights Watch

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via @chriswillman: @WriteGirlLA Teams Pro Songwriters With Local Youth to Create Original Music — Artist Rights WatchThe Saturday afternoon event is an annual highlight for WriteGirl, a charitable organization that puts on monthly mentoring workshops to help teen girls who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and underserved communities find their voices.

Peter Bogdanovich Movie in Arbitration Over Distribution

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The original distributor allegedly couldn't come up with money to fund a wide release with significant advertising. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Happy New Year!

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Celebrity Photographer's Family at War Over 'Bert Stern: Original Madman'

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The documentary was made by Stern''s secret wife, and amid a battle over inheritance, comes strife directed at footage showing Stern''s children and grandchildren read more. Culture Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Style

The Origins of Film Censorship

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Barak Y. Orbach, University of Arizona, has published "Prizefighting and the Birth of Movie Censorship," at 21 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 251 (2009). Here is the abstract. Censorship scholars unanimously, but mistakenly, treat a 1907 ordinance of

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Is the FCC's "Unlock the Box" Plan for Cable TV in Trouble?

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A swing vote at the regulatory agency talks about "real flaws" in the original plan and hints at support for an emerging alternative proposal from the cable industry.

'Madden NFL' Creator Loses Appeal Over Video Game Royalties

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Electronic Arts gets the win because Robin Antonick failed to introduce source code at trial to show how later versions of game were similar to his original.

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The Origins of Holmes' Opinion In "Abrams v. United States"

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Thomas Healy, Seton Hall University School of Law, has published The Justice Who Changed His Mind: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and the Story Behind Abrams v. United States at 39 J. March 2014). Here is the abstract

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Slavery, the Second Amendment, and the Origins of Public-Carry Jurisprudence - The Atlantic

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"Public-carry advocates like to cite historical court opinions to support their constitutional vision, but those opinions are, to put it mildly, highly problematic. The supportive precedent they rely on comes from the antebellum South and represented less a national consensus than a regional exception rooted in the unique culture of slavery and honor.

Agent of 'Hawaii Five-O' Creator Sues CBS to Invalidate Reboot Deal (Exclusive)

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George Litto wants CBS to be paying a much bigger back-end to profit participants under an agreement for the original series made nearly 40 years ago.

Danish Newspaper, Original Publisher of Prophet Mohammed Cartoons, Issues Apology

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The Danish newspaper that originally published the cartoons which set off a firestorm of anger in some Muslim countries has apologized "to anyone who was offended by our decision to reprint the cartoon drawing." But the newspaper Politiken still asserts

'Age of the Hobbits' is Now 'Clash of the Empires'

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Meanwhile, the screenwriter reveals the movie’s original title. read more. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq. New Line Cinema MGM Business