Twitter Feed Lawsuit Underscores Power Of A Tweet

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) When Adorian Deck was home sick from high school, he entertained himself like countless other teenagers have in recent years: He started a Twitter account. Unlike other teenagers, Deck's account became a sensation. Deck, under the handle (at)OMGFacts, tweeted random bits of celebrity...

Possible Copyright Troll Filing Lawsuit Over Illegally Downloaded Pornographic Films

Patrick Collins, Inc. has filed a number of Doe suits for copyright infringement of its pornographic films by illegal download. Patrick Collins Inc. is reported to be known as Elegant Angel Productions and was allegedly involved in the copyright troll activities of Digiprotect. As discussed by The Fail...

Family Planning Clinic Infringement Lawsuit Attacks Anti-Abortionist's Use Of Copyrighted Material With Graphic Images - FREE DOWNLOAD

On May 12, Northland Family Planning Clinic, Inc. filed a copyright action against the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR). Northland provides reproductive health care to women, including abortions. The CBR, a California non-profit, opposes abortions. Northland alleges that the CBR's anti-abortion...

Hartford Courant Wants Plagiarism Lawsuit Dismissed

HARTFORD, Conn. - (AP) The Hartford Courant is asking a federal judge to dismiss a $7.5 million plagiarism lawsuit filed by a competing newspaper, saying no copyright laws were broken. Lawyers for the Courant filed a motion to dismiss the Journal Inquirer's lawsuit on May 4, nearly two years after...

Warner Bros. Counterpunches In Round 2 Of Copyright Lawsuit Involving Tyson, Tattoos, 'Hangover II'

Two recent filings in the Mike Tyson tattoo/ Hangover II copyright lawsuit have shed some light on the relevant and novel issues to be addressed. On May 20, Warner Brothers filed its motion/memorandum in opposition to tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill's, motion for a preliminary injunction. On the...

Tattoo Artist Denied Injunction In ‘Hangover II’ Tattoo Copyright Suit Against Warner Bros.

On May 24, the Honorable Catherine D. Perry issued an oral opinion denying S. Victor Whitmill a preliminary injunction in his tattoo copyright suit against Warner Brothers and the Hangover II ( S. Victor Whitmill vs. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. , 11-cv-00752 (E.D. Mo. April 28, 2011)). ORDER....

Federal Judge Rules Copyright Enforcer Can't Sue

LAS VEGAS - (AP) A federal judge in Nevada says a Las Vegas law firm targeting unauthorized content on the Internet cannot sue others over a news company's copyrights. The Las Vegas Sun reported Tuesday the dismissal of a lawsuit by copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC against the website Democratic...

Pharmaceutical Litigation Partner James Stronski Joins Crowell & Moring

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Crowell & Moring LLP has announced the addition of partner James K. Stronski to the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Based in the New York office, Stronski is an intellectual property litigator with extensive experience handling cases involving the so-called "Hatch...

Aretha Franklin's Publishing Company Sued Over Royalties

DETROIT - (AP) A longtime songwriting partner of Aretha Franklin has sued her publishing company, claiming it did not sign a royalty agreement for a song on her recently released album. The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit by Norman D. West also accuses Springtime Publishing Inc., of copyright...

Missouri Lawyers Challenge LegalZoom's Service In Class Action Lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (AP) A federal class-action civil suit in Missouri against a California-based vendor of online legal documents raises the question of whether even the most routine legal matters should remain the sole domain of the law community. The lawsuit filed by Todd Janson, a Missouri resident...

New York Judge: Marvel Wins Spider-Man, X-Men Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (AP) Spider-Man, X-Men , Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk can save the world from evil through superhuman feats, but it took a federal judge Thursday to decide who legally owns the rights to their lucrative characters. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that they and other Marvel Worldwide...

Lil Wayne Sued For $15 Million Over Song 'Bedrock'

NEW YORK - (AP) Rapper Lil Wayne faces a $15 million legal battle over allegations he stole the hit song "Bedrock." Georgia-based production company Done Deal Enterprises is suing Wayne, Universal Music Group, Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment for copyright infringement. Lawyers...

Mattel To Pay Rival $309 Million In Bratz Doll Spat

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A federal judge ordered toy giant Mattell Inc. to pay rival MGA Entertainment Inc. more than $309 million on Thursday, marking another tumultuous chapter in the years-long legal fight between the two companies over ownership of the lucrative Bratz fashion doll line. The judge's...

Mattel Weighing Options After $309 Million Judgment

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) The first salvo was fired years ago when toy giant Mattel Inc. sued MGA Entertainment Inc. over ownership of the hugely popular Bratz fashion doll line. The turbulent legal chapter has now ended with a federal judge ordering Mattel to pay its rival more than $309 million. Mattel...

Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Copyright Restoration, Public Domain Works

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Formerly copyrighted works or never copyrighted works that have fallen into the public domain become the property of the public, a Stanford University professor told the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 5 ( Lawrence Golan, et al. v. Eric H. Holder Jr., et al. , No. 10-545, U...

Supreme Court Sides With Government In Dispute Over Public Domain Works

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Congress did not exceed its authority in enacting Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), which extended protection to foreign works that would otherwise fall into the public domain, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan. 18 ( Lawrence Golan, et al....

Safe Harbor Ruling Vacated In $1 Billion YouTube Copyright Case

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A New York federal judge's determination that YouTube LLC is entitled to safe harbor immunity from copyright infringement claims was largely vacated April 5 by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which found that a reasonable jury could conclude that the video-sharing...

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari In First Sale Copyright Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court agreed April 16 to again address the question of whether a foreign-made work can be resold within the United States without the permission of a copyright holder ( Supap Kirtsaeng, d/b/a BlueChristine99 v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. , No. 11-697...

Jury Says Google Infringed, But It Can't Agree On Fair Use

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) After five full days of deliberation, federal jurors in California issued a partial verdict on May 7 in the closely watched copyright dispute over defendant Google Inc.'s Android software platform ( Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. , No. 10-3561, N.D. Calif.). ...

Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Foreign Copyrights, Domestic Resale

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) After a 4-4 split on the issue just two years ago in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S.A . ( 131 S. Ct. 565 [2010]) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 29 heard oral arguments in a case that poses the question...

U.S. Judge Says Plaintiff's Litigation Hold Doesn't Pass Smell Test, Directs It to Pay for Spoliation Probe

Will your litigation hold meet a judge's expectations? And if not, what are the potential consequences? Are you looking at sanctions or millions of dollars' worth of forensic discovery? To get a glimpse of at least one federal court's view on this, we look to the Oct. 2, 2012, decision in...

Supreme Court Reverses, Says First Sale Doctrine Applies In Copyright Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A student accused of copyright infringement prevailed March 19 at the U.S. Supreme Court, which held in a divided ruling that the first sale doctrine applies to lawfully made works manufactured abroad and imported to the United States ( Supap Kirtsaeng d/b/a BlueChristine99...

Supreme Court Vacates, Remands in Dispute over Textbook Copyrights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Citing its ruling last week in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (568 U.S. ___ [2013] (lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and the opinion for this case) ), the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 granted certiorari in another dispute over copyrighted...

In Copyright Infringement Action, U.S. Supreme Court Review Sought To Determine Damages When Profits Are Fixed, Such As In A WrestleMania Event

Anthony Dash, a musician, asserted that he was entitled to damages for copyright infringement after Floyd Mayweather, Jr. used a song written by Dash when he entered an arena during a WrestleMania XXIV event. Dash contended that he was never informed that the song, with lyrics added, was going to be...

Bankruptcy Debtor Sought U.S. Supreme Court Review After Notice Was Not Given To Its Shareholders When ‘Conan The Barbarian’ Stock Was Sold

On March 19, 2014, Stan Lee Media, Inc., a bankruptcy debtor, filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court. The debtor sought to protect the rights of its shareholders. It alleged that a portion of its stock that related to the copyrights and intellectual property of “Conan...