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Rupa Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music Inc. - USDC, Central District of California, September 23, 2015

District court grants plaintiffs summary judgment, holding that defendants never acquired rights in and do not own valid copyright to lyrics of “Happy Birthday to You.” In 1893, the Hills assigned their rights to the...more

10/2/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Copyright Registration Intellectual Property Protection Licensing Rights Public Domain Putative Class Actions Song Lyrics Successor Interests Summary Judgment The Copyright Act

DC Comics v. Towle d/b/a Garage Gotham - USCA, Ninth Circuit, September 23, 2015

Ninth Circuit affirms that Batmobile is “character” entitled to copyright protection. In May 2011, DC Comics sued Towle in a California federal district court, alleging, among other things, causes of action for copyright...more

10/2/2015 - Batman Copyright Copyright Infringement DC Comics De Novo Standard of Review Intellectual Property Protection Laches Merchandising Rights Summary Judgment Trademark Infringement Unfair Competition Willful Infringement

Lenz v Universal Music Corp - USCA, Ninth Circuit, September 14, 2015

In Depth - Appellee Stephanie Lenz uploaded to YouTube a 29-second home video of her two children in the family kitchen dancing to Prince’s song “Let’s Go Crazy” in 2007. Based on certain video evaluation guidelines,...more

9/25/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Fair Use Good Faith Intellectual Property Protection Interlocutory Appeals Misrepresentation Takedown Notices Universal YouTube

Gallagher v. Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, September 11, 2015

Plaintiff Peter Gallagher published a book titled The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines in 2006, of which he sold 5,000 copies. Gallagher brought copyright infringement claims against the writers, including Joss Whedon,...more

9/25/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Intellectual Property Protection Motion to Dismiss Substantially Similar

Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc. - USDC, S.D. New York, August 25, 2015

Fox News Network brought a copyright infringement suit against TVEyes Inc., a company that records virtually all radio and television broadcasts and transforms their content into a searchable database for its subscribers...more

9/3/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Databases Fair Use Fox Television Stations Intellectual Property Protection

Brown v. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment - USDC, E.D. Kentucky, August 27, 2015

Pro se plaintiff Rhonda Kay Jackson Brown, author of the novel Jackson Road and the related screenplay, “Mother’s Son,” brought copyright infringement and unfair competition claims against Twentieth Century Fox and...more

9/3/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Motion to Dismiss Personal Jurisdiction Preemption Substantially Similar The Copyright Act Twentieth Century Fox Unfair Competition

Guzman v. Hacienda Records and Recording Studio, Inc. - USDC, S.D. Texas, August 18, 2015

Defendant Hacienda Records and Recording Studio, Inc. prevailed on a copyright infringement claim brought by plaintiff Jose O. Guzman following a bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas....more

8/28/2015 - Attorney's Fees Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Cost Recovery Expert Witness Litigation Fees & Costs Precedential Opinion SCOTUS The Copyright Act

Shame on You Productions, Inc. v. Banks - USDC, C.D. California, August 14, 2015

Plaintiff Shame on You Productions, Inc., was assigned a screenplay titled “Darci’s Walk of Shame” by its author, Dan Rosen. Shame on You sued defendants, including actress Elizabeth Banks, for copyright infringement and...more

8/20/2015 - Breach of Contract Breach of Implied Contract Copyright Infringement Dismissals Extrinsic Evidence Intrinsic Test Screenplays Substantially Similar

New Old Music Group, Inc. v. Gottwald - USDC, S.D. New York, August 7, 2015

New Old Music Group sued Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke) and others for copyright infringement of the song “Zimba Ku,” written by New Old’s president Lenny Lee Goldsmith and recorded by the band Black Heat in 1975. At issue was...more

8/14/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Digital Sampling Jessie J Summary Judgment

Silvero v. Fox Television Studios, Inc., et al. - Los Angeles Superior Court, August 6, 2015

Frank Silvero, an actor who played the character Frankie Carbone in the film “Goodfellas” and other similar mobster characters during his career, filed suit against Fox Television alleging that the writers of the animated...more

8/14/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Copyright Copyright Infringement First Amendment Fox Television Stations Misappropriation Preemption Right of Publicity

Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FilmOn X, LLC - USDC, C.D. California, July 16, 2015

District court holds that Internet television streaming service is eligible for compulsory licenses under § 111 of Copyright Act because it meets requirements of definition of “cable company” and Copyright Act does not...more

7/24/2015 - Cable Television Providers Compulsory Licenses Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Copyright Office FilmOn X Fox Television Stations Internet Streaming Motion for Summary Judgment Preliminary Injunctions Stays The Copyright Act

16 Casa Duse, LLC v. Merkin - USCA, Second Circuit, June 29, 2015

In matter of first impression, Second Circuit affirms ruling that director does not own copyright interest in film that he directed, because his creative contributions were inseparable from and integrated into...more

7/10/2015 - Breach of Contract Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Film Industry First Impression Motion for Summary Judgment Preliminary Injunctions Sanctions The Copyright Act Tortious Interference TRO Work-For-Hire

Jordan-Benel v. Universal City Studios, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, June 24, 2015

District Court allows screenwriter’s suit alleging feature film The Purge was based on his screenplay, Settler’s Day, to proceed, denying defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion because acts supporting plaintiff’s implied contract...more

7/3/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Copyright Copyright Infringement Film Industry First Amendment Movies Screenwriters

Copeland v. Bieber - USCA Fourth Circuit, June 18, 2015

Fourth Circuit vacates district court dismissal of copyright infringement claim against defendants Usher and Justin Bieber, finding that choruses in songs were sufficiently similar to withstand motion to dismiss, as...more

6/26/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Intellectual Property Litigation Jury Questions Motion to Dismiss Music Music Industry

In re DMCA Subpoena to eBay Inc. - USDC, S.D. California, June 5, 2015

Subpoena issued to eBay pursuant to DMCA, seeking to identify alleged infringers, is deemed valid under express statutory language despite eBay’s pre-subpoena removal of allegedly infringing material in response to related...more

6/15/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Discovery DMCA eBay Infringement Internet Service Providers ISPs Photographs Subpoenas

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Kirtsaeng - USCA, Second Circuit, May 27, 2015

Second Circuit affirms denial of defendant’s request for attorneys’ fees in copyright infringement dispute, finding plaintiff pursued objectively reasonable litigation position, having previously prevailed in both district...more

6/5/2015 - Attorney's Fees Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation First Sale Doctrine Imports Intellectual Property Litigation Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Publishers Publishing Copyrights SCOTUS The Copyright Act

Ryan v. Editions Limited West, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Cir., May 19, 2015

Ninth Circuit holds Copyright Act does not preclude enforcement of contractual attorneys’ fee provision in copyright-based litigation. Artist Victoria Ryan sued Editions Limited West, Inc. (ELW), a publisher of her...more

5/30/2015 - Appeals Art Attorney's Fees Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Fee-Shifting Statutes Preemption Publishing Copyrights The Copyright Act

Garcia v. Google Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, May 18, 2015

Ninth Circuit sitting en banc reverses 2-1 panel decision that required Google to remove anti-Islam video from YouTube based on actor’s claim of copyright in her five-second appearance, holding that “a weak copyright claim...more

5/27/2015 - Censorship Copyright Copyright Infringement First Amendment Garcia v Google Independent Films YouTube

Mayimba Music, Inc. v. Sony Corporation of America - USDC, S.D.N.Y., April 30, 2015

District court suspends previous finding that pop star Shakira's song “Loca” infringed Dominican songwriter’s copyright, in light of newly discovered evidence that plaintiff fabricated evidence and committed perjury....more

5/8/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Intellectual Property Litigation Music Music Industry Perjury

Levitin v. Sony Music Entertainment - USDC, Southern District of New York, April 22, 2015

In copyright infringement action arising out of international release of song “Timber” by performing artists Pitbull and Kesha, district court dismisses claims against Sony Music Entertainment, which obtained license from...more

5/3/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Forum Non Conveniens International Litigation Long Arm Statute Motion to Dismiss Personal Jurisdiction Specific Jurisdiction

Wilson v. The Walt Disney Company - USDC, N.D. California, April 16, 2015

In copyright infringement action concerning trailer for Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen court denied both parties’ motions for summary judgment, finding that plaintiff established genuine factual dispute as to Disney’s...more

4/27/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Disney Evidence Film Industry Infringement Intellectual Property Litigation Movies Pixar Summary Judgment

TufAmerica v. Diamond - USDC, S.D. New York, March 24, 2015

TufAmerica v. Diamond - USDC, S.D. New York, March 24, 2015 - District court awards summary judgment to defendants, members of the Beastie Boys, holding that plaintiff did not have standing to file suit for...more

4/3/2015 - Beastie Boys Copyright Copyright Infringement License Agreements Music Music Industry Standing

Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, Inc. v. Cole - USDC, D. Oregon, March 18, 2015

District court holds defendants willfully infringed plaintiff’s copyright in animated film, finding defendants acted recklessly by manufacturing film without searching Copyright Office’s records, and by concluding that film...more

3/27/2015 - Animation Copyright Copyright Infringement Movies Public Domain YouTube

Tempest Publishing, Inc. v. Hacienda Records and Recording Studio, Inc. - USDC, S.D. Tex., March 18, 2015

Texas district court holds that independent recording studio willfully infringed copyright in plaintiff’s musical composition, finding defendant’s four-year delay in seeking post-recording license did not conform with...more

3/27/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Music Industry Sound Recording Copyrights Willful Infringement

Vil v. Poteau - USDC, D. Massachusetts, March 3, 2015

District court awards summary judgment to defendant organization and its board against former vice president, finding that plaintiff did not establish genuine issue of material fact as to his copyright claim because he failed...more

3/13/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Intellectual Property Litigation Lanham Act

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