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Melania Trump’s RNC Speech: Plagiarism, Copyright Infringement, or Both?

On the opening night of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, delivered a speech from the convention floor in support of Trump’s nomination. The speech was infused with rhetoric about such things...more

Sheeren-nuff: Another Copyright Infringement Suit

English pop musician Ed Sheeran has been sued for copyright infringement in the Central District of California over his recent hit song “Photograph,” which peaked at number ten on Billboard’s “The Hot 100” chart. The two...more

Gallagher v. Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, September 11, 2015

Plaintiff Peter Gallagher published a book titled The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines in 2006, of which he sold 5,000 copies. Gallagher brought copyright infringement claims against the writers, including Joss Whedon,...more

Brown v. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment - USDC, E.D. Kentucky, August 27, 2015

Pro se plaintiff Rhonda Kay Jackson Brown, author of the novel Jackson Road and the related screenplay, “Mother’s Son,” brought copyright infringement and unfair competition claims against Twentieth Century Fox and...more

Could the Bieb Be a Copyright Infringer? - Copeland et al. v. Bieber et al.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated a district court decision dismissing a copyright infringement claim in a case involving a copyrighted song and a later recording by Justin Bieber concluding that that...more

Let It Go… To Trial: Disney Frozen Out of Summary Judgment In Copyright Infringment Case

Elsa and Anna are going to trial. Well, Olaf and Sven are headed there, at any rate. The sanguine snowman and his reindeer buddy were featured in a trailer for the Disney hit Frozen that is now the subject of a lawsuit...more

Plot Thickens for Screenplay Infringement Cases

INTRODUCTION - For more than three decades no type of lawsuit has been more likely to fail than those asserting that the latest hit movie or television series infringes the copyright in a screenplay or other literary...more

Gold Glove Productions, LLC v. Handfield - USDC C.D. California, February 24, 2014

Gold Glove Productions, LLC v. Handfield - USDC C.D. California, February 24, 2014 - In Depth - District court grants summary judgment to defendant film company on issue of substantial similarity, finding...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- February 22, 2013

In This Issue: - Hallford v. Fox Entertainment Group: District court grants defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s copyright infringement claim, finding that defendants’ television show Touch is not substantially...more

February 2013: Entertainment Litigation Update

Second Circuit Steers Away from Strict Copyright Protection in the Photography Arena. According to well-known photographer Janine Gordon, rival photographer Ryan McGinley copied more than 150 of Ms. Gordon’s contemporary...more

Who Owns Cute Girls in Pink Coats on Daddy’s Shoulders?

The Beatles crossing Abbey Road. A nurse and sailor kissing in Times Square as the end of World War II is announced. An African vulture patiently waiting for a starving toddler to die. The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute....more

Thin Copyrights - Protected But Not Infringed

Some appellate decisions are worth examining because they plow new ground. Others serve to explain the ground that was plowed. This decision – dealing with substantial similarity (or lack thereof) between two sets of stick...more

Dissecting Mr. Rockefeller: First Circuit Rejects Copyright Infringement Claim Based on Unoriginal Elements of News Photograph

Clark Rockefeller, aka Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, lived a double life until his conviction for child abduction in 2009. He was subsequently charged with an unrelated murder in California, and that trial is set to begin...more

Speaking Of . . . Copyrights | Did Avatar Rip Off Bats And Butterflies? California Court Says No.

Misunderstood heroes. Space travel. Alien worlds. Humanoids. Greed. Imperialism. Violence. Exploitation. Intercultural war. Redemption. And Copyright Infringement? Everyone’s seen the movie Avatar. How many...more

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