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Kullberg v. Pure Flix Entertainment LLC - USDC, C.D. California, October 12, 2016

District court dismisses screenwriters’ copyright infringement suit against Christian film “God’s Not Dead” for lack of substantial similarity to plaintiffs’ screenplay. ...more

10/21/2016 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Screenwriters

TCA TV Corp. v. McCollum - USCA, Second Circuit, October 11, 2016

Second Circuit rejects fair use defense in copyright action brought by Abbott and Costello heirs for use of comic duo’s “Who’s On First?” routine in play “Hand to God,” but affirms dismissal on grounds that plaintiffs failed...more

10/21/2016 - Chain of Title Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Fair Use The Copyright Act Transformative Use

U.S. v. Broadcast Music Inc. - USDC, S.D.N.Y., September 16, 2016

District court overrules DOJ’s interpretation of 75-year-old music industry consent decree, finding it neither bars issuance of fractional licenses for music nor requires BMI to issue full licenses. Broadcast Music Inc....more

9/30/2016 - BMI Consent Decrees Copyright DOJ Licensing Rights Music Industry

Sisyphus Touring Inc. v. TMZ Productions Inc. - USDC, Central District of California, September 23, 2016

District court dismisses copyright infringement suit brought by actor and musician Jared Leto against for posting video of him criticizing Taylor Swift, finding Leto did not own video and videographer validly...more

9/30/2016 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Summary Judgment Video Recordings

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, September 8, 2016

In most recent decision on The Turtles’ pre-1972 sound recordings, district court grants Sirius XM partial summary judgment, dismissing plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages, but permits plaintiffs to seek disgorgement of...more

9/16/2016 - Civil Code Copyright Disgorgement Punitive Damages Royalties SiriusXM Sound Recording Copyrights Summary Judgment Unfair Competition

Loomis v. Cornish - USCA, Ninth Circuit, September 2, 2016

Ninth Circuit affirms ruling in favor of Jessie J in a copyright dispute, finding plaintiff Will Loomis failed to establish the recording artist or songwriters of the hit song “Domino” had requisite access to his song “Bright...more

9/9/2016 - Appeals Copyright Copyright Infringement Music Music Industry Summary Judgment

Rams v. Def Jam Recordings Inc. - USDC, S.D. New York, August 16, 2016

In action brought by photographer and subject alleging unauthorized use of photo on recording artist Jeremih’s album cover, district court denies motion to dismiss contributory and vicarious copyright infringement claims,...more

9/3/2016 - Actual or Constructive Knowledge Choice-of-Law Contributory Infringement Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Motion to Dismiss Music Industry Photographs Right of Publicity Vicarious Liability

Bowen v. Paisley - USDC, M.D. Tennessee, August 25, 2016

District court grants summary judgment dismissing copyright infringement suit against country music stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, and others involved in producing the 2011 hit song “Remind Me,” holding that it was...more

9/2/2016 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Dismissals Music Music Industry Music Publishing Substantially Similar Summary Judgment

Friedman v. Live Nation Merchandise, Inc. - USCA Ninth Circuit, August 18, 2016

Ninth Circuit revives photographers claims of willful copyright infringement against Live Nation Merchandise over Run DMC photograph it used without permission, concluding lower court incorrectly dismissed willful copyright...more

8/27/2016 - Appeals Copyright Copyright Infringement Damages Joint and Several Liability Partial Summary Judgments Photographs Reversal Statutory Damages Willful Infringement

Eggleston v. Daniels - USDC, E.D. Michigan, August 16, 2016

District court refused to dismiss infringement claims alleging creators of TV show “Empire” copied Cookie Lyon character from plaintiff’s memoir, concluding, among other things, that stories with female, African-American...more

8/26/2016 - Books Copyright Copyright Infringement Misappropriation Motion to Dismiss Personal Jurisdiction Right of Publicity Screenplays Substantially Similar Television Shows

Solid Oak Sketches LLC v. 2K Games Inc. - USDC, S.D. New York, August 2, 2016

In copyright dispute over depictions of NBA players’ tattoos in “NBA 2K” video game series, district court dismisses tattoo licensing company’s claim for statutory damages and attorneys’ fees because copyrighted tattoo...more

8/13/2016 - Attorney's Fees Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Registration Dismissals NBA Statutory Damages Tattoos Video Games

Silas v. Home Box Office, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, July 26, 2016

District court dismisses copyright infringement claim against creators of HBO’s television show “Ballers,” finding no substantial similarity between HBO’s show about retired football player who advises current players on...more

8/5/2016 - Cable Television Providers Copyright Copyright Infringement Dismissal With Prejudice Football HBO Screenplays Substantially Similar

Newt v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. - USDC, C.D. California, July 27, 2016

District court dismisses copyright infringement claim against creators of Fox’s television show “Empire,” finding no substantial similarity between Fox’s show about struggle for control of music company and plaintiff’s...more

8/5/2016 - Breach of Implied Contract Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Dismissals State Law Claims Substantially Similar Television Shows Twentieth Century Fox

Clark v. Dashner - USDC, D. New Mexico, June 30, 2016

District court dismisses author’s claims that film “The Maze Runner” and novel of same name infringed on copyright in his book The Maze, holding that similarities between works, including giant maze and robotic creatures, are...more

7/11/2016 - Books Copyright Copyright Infringement Dismissal With Prejudice Lanham Act Movies Preemption State Law Claims Unfair Competition Unfair Trade Practices Act

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - USCA, Eleventh Circuit, June 29, 2016

In most recent decision over The Turtles’ pre-1972 sound recordings, Eleventh Circuit asks Florida Supreme Court to determine whether state law recognizes common law copyright in sound recordings and, if so, whether that...more

7/11/2016 - Common Law Claims Conversion Copyright Copyright Infringement FL Supreme Court Misappropriation Public Performance Rights SiriusXM Sound Recording Copyrights State Law Claims The Copyright Act Theft Unfair Competition

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. - U.S. Supreme Court, June 16, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court holds “objective reasonableness” of losing party’s position is important factor but not controlling one in considering award of attorneys’ fees under Copyright Act. Graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, a...more

6/27/2016 - Attorney's Fees Copyright Copyright Infringement Fee-Shifting First Sale Doctrine Judicial Discretion Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Objective Unreasonableness Standard Prevailing Party SCOTUS The Copyright Act

Brumley v. Albert E. Brumley & Sons Inc. - USCA, Sixth Circuit, May 16, 2016

Sixth Circuit concludes that author’s 1975 assignment of gospel song “I’ll Fly Away” was subject to 2008 termination notice, notwithstanding subsequent 1979 assignment of rights by late composer’s wife....more

5/27/2016 - Assignments Beneficiaries Copyright Inheritance Music Section 304 Termination Rights The Copyright Act Work-For-Hire

FilmOn X LLC v. Window to the World Communications Inc. - USDC, N.D. Ill., March 23, 2016

Concurring with New York and D.C. courts in related cases, Illinois district court finds FilmOn X’s Internet-based streaming service is not “cable system” under Section 111 of Copyright Act, and is not entitled to compulsory...more

4/1/2016 - Cable Television Providers Compulsory Licenses Copyright Copyright Infringement Declaratory Judgments Internet Streaming

Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. v. TD - Ameritrade Services Co. Inc. USDC, C.D. California, March 14, 2016

District court holds Lions Gate's trademark-related claims under Lanham Act and related state law are preempted by Copyright Act in suit over financial services ad campaign that used modified version of famous line "Nobody...more

3/26/2016 - Copyright Lanham Act Preemption The Copyright Act Trademark Infringement Trademarks

Larson v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, February 10, 2016

Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s decision that 2001 letter operated as agreement by heirs of Superman co-creator to transfer to DC Comics rights in Superman, Superboy and Superman advertisements....more

2/19/2016 - Appeals Copyright Copyright Litigation DC Comics IP Assignment Agreements Settlement Agreements Superman Warner Brothers Entertainment

Gilkyson v Disney Enterprises, Inc. - Calif. Appeal Court, 2nd App. District, Div. 7, January 27, 2016

Appellate court finds that claim for breach of contract for contractual royalties brought against Disney by heirs of Terry Gilkyson, songwriter for “The Jungle Book” film, are not time-barred, based on application of...more

2/8/2016 - Breach of Contract Cause of Action Accrual Copyright Declaratory Relief Disney Music Song Lyrics Statute of Limitations

Simmons v. Stanberry - USCA, Second Circuit, January 15, 2016

Second Circuit affirms dismissal of infringement suit over hip-hop beat in 50 Cent song "I Get Money" after holding plaintiff's claim constituted dispute over ownership of copyright that was time-barred by Copyright Act's...more

1/23/2016 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Motion to Dismiss Music Statute of Limitations

Braham v. Sony/ATV Music Publishing - USDC, Central District of California, November 10, 2015

In copyright infringement suit targeting Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It Off,” magistrate judge recommends dismissal of pro se plaintiff’s claim, finding plaintiff failed to plausibly allege that Swift’s repeating phrases...more

11/24/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation In Forma Pauperis Song Lyrics Taylor Swift

Keeling v. Hars - USCA, Second Circuit, October 30, 2015

Second Circuit affirms denial of summary judgment on defendant’s counterclaim seeking declaration that plaintiff’s theatrical script parodying 1991 motion picture “Point Break” was not entitled to copyright...more

11/6/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Fair Use Originality The Copyright Act

Fahmy v. Jay Z - USDC, C.D. California, October 21, 2015

District court grants defendants’ motion for judgment as matter of law, finding that songwriter’s heir did not have standing to sue for copyright infringement because he had conveyed all his economic rights (copyright) to the...more

10/30/2015 - Assignments Bifurcation Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Egypt Judgment As A Matter Of Law Jury Trial Moral Rights Royalties Song Lyrics Standing The Copyright Act

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