Tamera Bennett – Bennett Law Office, PC

X Legacy, LLC v. Third World Press...

Malcom X Heirs sue for Copyright Infringement - Injunctive Relief

The Heirs of Malcom X sue to stop the publication of key portions of Malcom X’s diaries. While the diaries were donated to the New York Public Library, the family argues no copyright transfer has occurred to allow defendant,…more

Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. v 8732...

Hells Angels Sue Rapper and Dillards for Trademark Infringement

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club's distinctive brand identifier of the winged skull logo called the "Death Head," in use by the club since 1948, is the driving force behind a trademark lawsuit against 8732 Apparel, LLC and…more

Sister Sledge, LLC v. Kathy Sledge...

Sister Sledge Trademark Lawsuit

The Sister Sledge hit "We Are Family" is beginning to sound more like "We Are Dysfunctional Family." Ex-member Kathy Sledge has been touring Australia under the name "Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge." Three of the…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts,...
Siegel v Warner Chappell/Music, Inc.

Happy Birthday To You Complaint/Declaratory Judgment

"Happy Birthday To You" declaratory judgment action. Is the song "Happy Birthday to You" protected by copyright? The plaintiff wants the judge to declare the song is in the public domain and force Warner/Chappell to refund…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law,...

Pre-72 Sound Recordings Not Subject to DMCA

Under New York state law a decision in April 2013 holds pre-1972 sound recordings are not subject to the DMCA safe harbor provisions and Grooveshark is liable for state law copyright infringement of UMG owned pre-1972 sound…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual...
En Vogue - Bragg v Jones

Order Granting Enforcement of Arbitration Award

Former band members of 90's "En Vogue," settle trademark dispute via arbitration award. Defendant's in the case question if the arbitrator over-reached in making a decision on the merits of the case when those questions were…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law,...
Johnny Football - Jman2 Enterprises...

Johnny Football Trademark Complaint

Texas A&M University football star and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is a couple of quarters into legal battles over the trademark "Johnny Football." The battles are happening at the court-house against defendant Eric…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property
Lee v Drake - Cash Money Records, Inc.

Complaint for Music Publishing Royalty Accounting

Grammy nominee Drake has been sued by an ex-girlfriend who claims she co-wrote the hit song "Marvin's Room" and is entitled to part ownership in the copyright in the song; copyright in the sound recording; and payment of…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property
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

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Elections...
Simms v. Jones, NFL, Dallas Cowboys...

Complaint - Class Action; Super Bowl Ticket Case

When temporary seats for the Super Bowl were deemed unsafe, ticket holders that found themselves without a seat fought back with this class action lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the NFL, Dallas Cowboys…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts,...

Income Stream For Recording Artists

With a quick glance this chart provides an overview of how the income stream flows for a recording artist. From the record distribution company to the record label to the artist. It also takes into account payments to music…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

How The Money Flows: Songwriter Income Streams

Music publishing 101 look at the four primary revenue streams for music publishers and songwriters: mechanical royalty, performance royalty, synchronization royalty and print royalty…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

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