Music Infringement

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Performance Rights, Digital Music Services and The Turtles

Intro - In 2013, Flo & Eddie of the 1960s rock band The Turtles filed separate lawsuits in California, Florida and New York, aiming to use state laws to obtain royalties from digital music service providers like...more

Rhymin’ & Stealin’ & Filin’ Lawsuits

Last month, I wrote about the preemptive lawsuit filed by GoldieBlox, a toy retailer, against the Beastie Boys. GoldieBlox sought declaratory relief that their use of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” in a GoldieBlox...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 4, 2013

Dash v. Mayweather, USCA, Fourth Circuit, September 26, 2013 - In copyright infringement action arising from unauthorized use of musical work during televised wrestling events, Fourth Circuit affirms grant of summary...more

Take it Personally - Courts Provide Insight into the Value and Implications of Moral Rights

Since moral rights were introduced by amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) in 2000, there have been only a handful of decisions which have considered their application. However, two recent decisions highlight that it is...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- September 4, 2013

Castronuovo v. Sony Music Entertainment, USDC, M.D. Tenn., August 29, 2013 - District court denies defendant music companies’ motion for partial summary judgment seeking to confine scope of copyright damages to sales...more

R&B Star Claims "Blurred Lines" is Not Substantially Similar to Marvin Gaye or Funkadelic Songs

Last Thursday, R&B star Robin Thicke, along with fellow artists Pharrell Williams and Clifford "T.I." Harris, filed a suit for declaratory judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against...more

Copyright Infringement Damages Upheld in File Sharing Case

The Tenebaum copyright infringement file sharing case, about which we first reported in an earlier blog, reached another milestone this week when the First Circuit upheld the jury’s $675, 000 damages award. Tenenbaum had been...more

Felications On The Anniversary Of Your Natal Date

How many times have you sung “Happy Birthday” in your life? Or heard it sung? Now, have you ever wondered whether you (or the hundreds of millions of other people who sing the song) are infringing someone’s copyright in the...more

Happy Birthday…You’re Being Sued!

Have you ever noticed how people rarely sing “Happy Birthday to You” in movies and television? Instead, people usually sing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” even though no one actually sings that song in real life. ...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- April 19, 2013

- Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi, Inc., USDC S.D. New York, March 30, 2013 ..District court grants summary judgment in favor of plaintiff Capitol Records on its copyright claims against ReDigi, online “reseller” of...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- February 6, 2013

In This Issue: - Lenz v. Universal Music Corporation, USDC N.D. California, January 24, 2013. District court denies parties’ motions for cross summary judgment on plaintiff's claim of misrepresentation under the...more

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