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Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin - USDC, C.D. California, April 8, 2016

In copyright infringement action over iconic Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven” filed more than 40 years after song was first released, district court partially denies defendants’ motion for summary judgment, allowing...more

4/15/2016 - Abandonment Copyright Infringement Laches Led Zeppelin Music Industry Right of Attribution Summary Judgment

Ryder v. Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc., et al. - California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Eight, March 25,...

California Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment in favor of James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment in idea submission case, finding plaintiff unable to prove that defendants used any of plaintiff’s ideas in...more

4/2/2016 - Breach of Contract Breach of Implied Contract Discovery Fiduciary Duty Film Industry Fraud Mootness Motion for Sanctions Screenplays Substantially Similar Summary Judgment

Dryer v. The National Football League (USCA, Eighth Circuit, February 26, 2016 )

In action involving films produced by NFL containing historical game footage, Eighth Circuit affirms summary judgment in favor of NFL, holding that former players’ right of publicity claims are pre-empted by Copyright Act,...more

3/7/2016 - Football Free Speech Lanham Act NFL Preemption Right of Publicity Summary Judgment The Copyright Act

Twentieth Century Fox Television v. Empire Distribution Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, February 1, 2016

District court rules Fox’s hit television show “Empire” did not infringe or dilute trademark of record label Empire Distribution because Fox’s use of “Empire” was protected by First Amendment....more

2/12/2016 - Balancing Test First Amendment Lanham Act Likelihood of Confusion Summary Judgment Trademark Infringement Trademark Litigation Twentieth Century Fox

Counts v. Meriwether USDC, C.D. California, January 5, 2016

District court grants defendants’ motion for summary judgment on copyright infringement claim brought by two screenwriters against creators of Fox sitcom “New Girl,” finding no evidence defendants had access to plaintiffs’...more

1/8/2016 - Copyright Infringement Evidence Motion to Dismiss Screenplays Screenwriters Substantially Similar Summary Judgment

Baldwin v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc. - USCA, Second Circuit, October 8, 2015

Second Circuit overturns district court ruling and holds that notice of termination sent to EMI for song “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” successfully terminated 1981 grant of rights because, despite the lack of recordation of...more

10/16/2015 - Copyright Copyright Litigation Cross Motions EMI Entertainment IP Assignment Agreements Song Lyrics Sound Recording Copyrights Summary Judgment Termination Rights The Copyright Act

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

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

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

Morawski v. Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, April 15, 2015

Morawski v. Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, April 15, 2015 - Ninth Circuit panel summarily affirms award of summary judgment in favor of James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, rejecting...more

4/24/2015 - Breach of Contract Entertainment Industry Film Industry Summary Judgment

Latele TV, C.A. v. Telemundo Communications Group, LLC - USDC, S.D. Florida, February 11, 2015

District court declines to decide substantial similarity issue at summary judgment stage, deferring to jury question of whether similarities between the parties’ telenovelas were numerous and significant enough to constitute...more

2/13/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Intellectual Property Litigation Summary Judgment Television Shows

Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC - USDC, C.D. California, January 12, 2015

Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC - USDC, C.D. California, January 12, 2015 - District court grants in part and denies in part cross-motions for summary judgment, finding that Supreme Court’s recent Aereo...more

1/30/2015 - ABC v Aereo Breach of Contract Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Cross Motions Dish Network Fox Broadcasting Summary Judgment

Olem Shoe Corp. v. Washington Shoe Corp. - USCA, Eleventh Circuit, January 12, 2015

Eleventh Circuit affirms district court’s summary judgment rulings finding that Olem infringed Washington Shoe’s copyrights in women’s rain boot designs, but did not do so with actual knowledge or reckless disregard. ...more

1/23/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Fashion Design Fashion Industry Summary Judgment

Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. v. Activision Blizzard, Inc. - USDC, N.D. California, November 24, 2014

Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. v. Activision Blizzard, Inc. - USDC, N.D. California, November 24, 2014: District court grants summary judgment in favor of publisher of military-action video game Call of Duty: Ghosts on trademark...more

12/6/2014 - Activision First Amendment Infringement Lanham Act Summary Judgment Trademarks Video Games

Briggs v. Blomkamp - USDC, N.D. Cal., October 3, 2014

Briggs v. Blomkamp - USDC, N.D. Cal., October 3, 2014 : District court grants summary judgment for screenwriter and film companies in copyright infringement case, finding that plaintiff author lacked any evidence of...more

10/17/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Film Industry Movies Screenplays Summary Judgment

Dryer v. National Football League - USDC, D. Minn., October 10, 2014

Dryer v. National Football League - USDC, D. Minn., October 10, 2014: District court grants summary judgment in favor of NFL and against former professional football players who claimed that NFL’s use of video footage...more

10/17/2014 - Athletes Commercial Speech First Amendment Football NFL Right of Publicity Summary Judgment Video Recordings

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - U.S.D.C., C.D. California, September 22, 2014

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - U.S.D.C., C.D. California, September 22, 2014 : District court grants partial summary judgment in favor of plaintiff on copyright claims against Sirius XM Radio, holding that...more

10/10/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Music Music Industry Popular Public Performance Rights SiriusXM Summary Judgment

NBCUniversal Media, LLC v. Superior Court

NBCUniversal Media, LLC v. Superior Court - California Court of Appeals, April 1, 2014 (unpublished)- Petitioners NBCUniversal Media, LLC, formerly known as NBC Universal, Inc., and Universal Television Network (the...more

4/18/2014 - NBC Summary Judgment Television Broadcast Stations Writ of Mandamus

Queen v. Schultz

Queen v. Schultz - USCA, D.C. Circuit, April 4, 2014 - Defendant Ed Schultz is a radio and television personality currently hosting “The Ed Show” on the MSNBC network. Plaintiff Michael Queen is an NBC employee who...more

4/18/2014 - Breach of Contract Breach of Implied Contract Business Litigation Independent Contractors NBC Partnerships Summary Judgment Television Shows Tortious Interference

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- February 14, 2013

In This Issue: - Morawski v. Lightstorm Entertainment, USDC C.D. California, January 31, 2013 (unpublished opinion): District Court grants defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of...more

2/15/2013 - Avatar Copyright Fraud Infringement Motion Picture Industry Negligent Misrepresentation Summary Judgment

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 31, 2013

In This Issue: - Mattel v. MGA Entertainment: Ninth Circuit vacates jury verdict and related damages, fees and costs award in connection with MGA’s misappropriation of trade-secrets counterclaim, finding that that...more

2/1/2013 - Attorney's Fees Copyright Counterclaims Fair Use Infringement Misappropriation Photographs Summary Judgment The Copyright Act Trade Secrets

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 10, 2013

Table of Contents: - Harney v. Sony Pictures Television, USCA First Circuit, January 7, 2013: Circuit court affirms summary judgment in favor of defendants, on plaintiff photographer’s copyright infringement claim,...more

1/12/2013 - Copyright Infringement Movies Photographs Scripts Summary Judgment

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- December 5, 2012

In This Issue: Radin v. Hunt, USCA Ninth Circuit, November 26, 2012 (unpublished opinion) - Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants Showtime Networks Inc. and Darlene...more

12/6/2012 - Copyright Infringement Subject Matter Jurisdiction Summary Judgment

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