X Legacy, LLC v. Third World Press...
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...
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...
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
Siegel v Warner Chappell/Music, Inc.
"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
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
Internet radio and streaming services are clearly part of the future of the music business. Should copyright owners, artists and songwriters continue to see a decrease in royalties when these businesses thrive?
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
Johnny Football - Jman2 Enterprises...
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
Lee v Drake - Cash Money Records, Inc.
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
Rude Music Inc v Newt Gingrich 2012
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
Simms v. Jones, NFL, Dallas Cowboys...
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
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
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
Part 2 of 2: In the US alone, thousands of copyright creators and/or copyright owners die each year. How many of these folks create a comprehensive estate plan, or even a basic will or simple trust? The goal of estate planning…more
Part 1 of 2: In the US alone, thousands of copyright creators and/or copyright owners die each year. How many of these folks create a comprehensive estate plan, or even a basic will or simple trust? The goal of estate planning…more
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