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Supreme Court Issues Split Ruling In Fair Use Copyright Dispute
Posted on 13 Dec 2010 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 13 allowed to stand a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine does not apply to goods lawfully manufactured abroad and then sold... Read More

Supreme Court Sides With Government In Dispute Over Public Domain Works
Posted on 19 Jan 2012 by Melissa Ritti

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... Read More

Blurred Lines: Some Recent High Notes In Musical Copyright Infringement Litigation
Posted on 19 Mar 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

The other week, the 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines” made legal news when a California federal jury slapped singer Robin Thicke and music producer Pharrell Williams with a $7.3 million damage award in a copyright infringement action brought by... Read More

Settlement Rejected In Google Library Project Copyright Case
Posted on 23 Mar 2011 by Melissa Ritti

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A federal judge on March 22 refused to endorse a proposed settlement of copyright infringement allegations surrounding the Google Library Project (GLP) ( Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc. , No. 05-Civ-8136, S.D. N.Y.). ... Read More

Record Labels Reach $105 Million Settlement With Lime Wire
Posted on 13 May 2011 by Melissa Ritti

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Cautioning that "theft of the world's greatest music comes with a stiff price," Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol confirmed May 12 that a settlement has been reached... Read More

Tattoo Artist Denied Injunction In ‘Hangover II’ Tattoo Copyright Suit Against Warner Bros.
Posted on 27 May 2011 by Travis Burchart

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. ,... Read More

California Federal Judge Finds ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Copyright To Be Invalid
Posted on 28 Sep 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

On September 22, 2015, Chief Judge George H. King of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a summary judgment ruling declaring invalid Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., and Summy-Birchard, Inc.’s purported copyright to... Read More

Possible Copyright Troll Filing Lawsuit Over Illegally Downloaded Pornographic Films
Posted on 20 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

What Do Peter Pan And The NCAA Have In Common? A Primer On Student-Athlete Images, The NCAA And Video Games
Posted on 24 Feb 2011 by Travis Burchart

In the story Peter Pan , Peter loses his shadow and is forced to chase it down in order to reattach it. A shadow isn't very substantive, but like any person, Peter wants his back because it is his shadow and his property. We take our shadows for granted... Read More

Bankruptcy Debtor Sought U.S. Supreme Court Review After Notice Was Not Given To Its Shareholders When ‘Conan The Barbarian’ Stock Was Sold
Posted on 7 Apr 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

Charlie Sheen, Tigers Blood And Trademark Infringement
Posted on 6 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

According to Gawker.com , Charlie Sheen is attempting to copyright his various catchphrases, including the phrase "Tiger Blood." However, Sheen's a little late to the game as evidenced by a recent filing from Zing Brothers, LLC, owner of... Read More

Jury Awards Oracle $1.3 Billion In Copyright Dispute
Posted on 24 Nov 2010 by Mark Rogers

OAKLAND, Calif. - (Mealey's) After an 11-day trial, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Nov. 23 determined that Oracle USA Inc. was entitled to $1.3 billion in actual damages in the form of a fair market value... Read More

Supreme Court Hears Copyright Dispute Over First-Sale Doctrine
Posted on 9 Nov 2010 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The reach of the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine, codified at 17 U.S. Code Section 109(a), was debated Nov. 8 by an eight-member panel of the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute over watches lawfully manufactured abroad and sold... Read More