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S.D.N.Y. issues decision on Bob Marley copyright claim: FREE DOWNLOAD - Opinion, Fifty-Six Hope Rd. Music Ltd. v. UMG Recordings (Sept. 10, 2010)

On September 10, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued its decision in the case of Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd., v UMG Recordings, Inc. (2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94500) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], denying a claim by the heirs of Bob...

Author Sues, Seeking Shutdown Of 'Fela!' Broadway Musical

NEW YORK - (AP) The author of a book about the late Afrobeat Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti sued the producers of the award-winning Broadway musical "Fela!" to stop performances Monday, saying they stole his work and thought an offer of $4,000 was all he deserved for copying entire portions....

Pink Floyd And EMI Settle Legal Differences

LONDON - (AP) Pink Floyd and EMI Group Ltd. have settled their legal dispute and agreed a new five-year contract. Last year the band sued its longtime label for digitally selling individual tracks "unbundled" from their original albums. Pink Floyd won an early round of the court battle. . ...

Licensing: The Sequel - The Intellectual Property Lecture Series at Suffolk University Law School

"Licensing: The Sequel" (Part 1 - December 20) At Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Copyright Clearance Center joined with the school and LexisNexis on November 8, 2010 to present The Intellectual Property Lecture Series. In this first of two installments presenting "Licensing...

Is Your Favorite Talent Competition a Product of Infringement? Recent Pro Se Complaint Claims Creation of American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and America’s Got Talent

It's one for the ages. Could television's greatest talent competitions all be the product of infringement? One man asserts they are. In July, Australian Paul Thayil filed a pro se complaint in the Southern District of New York, accusing various defendants (Including Fox, Simon Cowell,...

Will Rocky Fans Vote for Newt? Not if He’s Found Liable for Infringing Sacred Survivor Song, "Eye of the Tiger"

Imagine Newt Gingrich in Rocky 3 ... the gray headed politician slugging it out with Mr. T, Survivor's theme song, Eye of the Tiger, playing (but with the lyrics a little different): It's the eye of the Newt It's the thrill of the fight Risin' up to the challenge Of our Romney ...

Sands Anderson PC: Girls Gone Wild: Trademark Infringement or Publicity Stunt?

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer Did Madonna infringe the Girls Gone Wild video series trademark by recording a song with the same name? Probably not, but (with the typical lawyer disclaimer) it depends. Girls Gone Wild is a video series where young women (usually at Spring Break or Mardi Gras parties...

Beware the Copyright Boogeyman: He Might Be Listening in Your Restaurant

It goes without saying that an establishment's music is there for the listening patrons. But amongst those patrons - beware! The audience might contain an infiltrator - a listening witness. And while this witness might not be the boogeyman's equivalent, he or she could prove very scary in...

Sands Anderson PC: A Man Walks into a Bar…And Sues for Copyright Infringement

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer Based on recent questions from our clients, many business owners are unclear that they can't necessarily play commercial radio stations, broadcast their personal Ipod® playlist or show sports events from live TV at work. Many people understand "copyright"...

Moral Rights of Composers: The Protection of Attribution and Integrity Available to Musicians in the European Union and the United States

By Tanja Makovec Petrik* *Owner of Petrik Law Firm, New York; LL.M., Fordham University School of Law; LL.B., University of Ljubljana Law Faculty. Excerpt from Moral Rights of Composers: The Protection of Attribution and Integrity Available to Musicians in the European Union and the United...

Would You Want William Hung+ as Your Trier of Fact? The Case for a Specialized Musicology Tribunal

By Eric M. Leventhal + The author is not blind to the possibility that this reference will be dated before it has even been made. (Indeed, that would be both appropriate and ideal.) William Hung is the Chinese-American University of California, Berkeley civil-engineering student whose off-key rendition...

New Legislation and Consumer Education May Help Stem Digital Piracy

As the entertainment and software industries struggle with the widespread problem of digital piracy, the U.S. government is wrestling with ways it can address the epidemic without infringing on free speech. Recent attempts to address the problem-including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the...

Fair Use & the Quotation of Song Lyrics in Fiction

By Stephen B. Harrison * *Notes Editor, Washington University Law Review; J.D. candidate, Washington University School of Law 2013. Excerpt from Fair Use & the Quotation of Song Lyrics in Fiction , 11 Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 214 (Spring, 2012). INTRODUCTION The question applies to a...

Trademark Infringement Claimed by Christian Rockers

The Newsboys , a Christian rock music group, has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the New Boyz rap duo, claiming that despite the contrasts in musical styles and lyrics, the similarity in the bands' names will cause confusion among its fans. Sounds legit , right? Actually, as ill...

Recording Academy Sues Gospel Awards Show over Grammy Mark

On Monday, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Academy) accused the Black Essence Grammy Awards (BEGA) of trademark infringement. Despite The Academy's efforts and demands, BEGA formed as a Michigan non-stock corporation, thereby incorporating Grammy/Grammy Awards into ...

What’s Wrong with Musical Adaptations of French Songs and Their Ensuing Rights?

As a talented songwriter, have you ever been tempted to adapt and arrange that gracious French song, currently playing on a local radio in an exotic place? Well, if you have ever contemplated that option, I suggest that you think about it twice and be prepared to jump through hoops to make this adaptation...

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Copyright Challenge to “We Shall Overcome”

On November 21, 2016, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a ruling with respect to the protest song “We Shall Overcome.” The plaintiffs (the We Shall Overcome Foundation and Butler Films, LLC) contend that the lyrics to the first...