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Jackson Walker's VIA Media Postcard - November/December 2012

In This Issue: - Paul Watler's Perspective: One of the few places of refuge from the political campaign advertising onslaught was public television and radio. That may change depending on a little-noticed First Amendment...more

Republican Standing Committee’s Disappearing Copyright Brief Too “Awesome” for Publication

Last Friday, the Republican Standing Committee (“RSC”) published a report by twenty-four year old staffer Derek Khanna, a former Mitt Romney aide and graduate of Georgetown Law School, entitled: “Three Myths about Copyright...more

Finding a Home for Orphan Works: Copyright Office Seeks Public Comment for Report to Congress

The United States Copyright Office recently issued a broad notice of inquiry in the Federal Register, seeking comments from the public “regarding the current state of play for orphan works.” An orphan work is an original...more

The Scariest Day of the Year…for Legal Claims Too

We here at Law Law Land are big fans of Halloween, the drunkest, sluttiest, most creative and fun-loving holiday of the year. Law Law Land HQ itself is awash in cat ears and warlock coats today, and your editor is looking...more

Three Point Shot - September 2012

In This Issue: - In Tennis Channel Carriage Dispute with Comcast, Ball is Now in Appeals Court - Crimson Tide Infringement Claims Turned Back by Artist's Fair Use Defense - Citius, Altius, Litigious: USOC,...more

Politician Settling Case for Unauthorized Use of Music at Campaign Events

It appears that Newt Gingrich and Frankie Sullivan, a member of the rock band Survivor, and his company Rude Music , have reached a tentative settlement in the latter’s copyright infringement suits against Gingrich for use of...more

Political Fair Use Part V: The Dulcet Tones of Presidential Copyright Infringement

Mitt Romney seems to attract copyright controversies like his bank account attracts interest. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Candidate Romney has already had copyright rows with Tom Brokaw and CNN. Now, he’s got three...more

Why Politicians' "Theme Songs" Often Hit the Wrong No

In the on-line magazine “The Wrap,” Frank Scibilia's article, “Why Politicians' 'Theme Songs' Often Hit the Wrong Note,” discusses the legal implications of using copyrighted music as a campaign “theme song” or in a...more

Rush and Rush: Using Music in Political Activities (Redux)

News reports that Rush (the band) have demanded that Rush (the Limbaugh) desist from using the band's music in his radio broadcasts have re-raised an issue we have considered here at the Signal on few different occasions. The...more

Rules for Use of Music at Political Campaign Events

National Public Radio had a story yesterday on politicians’ use (or misuse) of music at campaign events.  It sets forth three seemingly simple rules for politicians to follow in order to...more

Copyright Lessons from the Campaign Trail: Romney, Gingrich and Fair Use

This Republican primary season has provided lots of fodder for political blogs, but it has also provided a few gems relating to — what else — trademark issues.    Now, U.S. copyright law is in...more

Rude Music Inc v Newt Gingrich 2012

Complaint against Newt Gingrich 2012 Copyright Infringement

Newt Gingrich's campaign makes the news twice in a week for claims of copyright infringement of a song. Rude Music Inc., owned by Frank Sullivan, a co-author of the song "Eye of the Tiger," filed a copyright infringement...more

Canadian Copyright and Campaigns - Moral Rights Edition

Canadian entertainment lawyers are forced to look on in wonderment (and envy?) at the plethora of entertainment law-related legal disputes which arise in the United States. Now (finally!) one with a Canadian angle - Gingrich...more

Chords of Discord -- Rock Stars Sue Politicians for Using Songs Without Permission

In recent years, a number of highly publicized lawsuits have focused America's attention on the fact that musical works are protected by copyright law. Therefore, it would seem that everyone, especially politicians, should...more

Don Henley Wins Copyright Infringement Case Against Politician

A Judge in California District Court ruled that politician Chuck Devore’s new lyrics to “The Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants to Do is Dance” are not a fair use under the Copyright Act. The judge held the new lyrics did...more

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