Posts in Copyright

Miley Cyrus Hit With Copyright Suit Alleging “We Can’t Stop” Copied from 1988 Reggae Hit

Attorneys representing Jamaican songwriter Michael May filed a suit for copyright infringement in the Southern District of New York. At issue in the case are musical elements …
By Steve Brachmann
9 hours ago 0

Largest Ever Copyright Royalty Board Ruling Transforms How Songwriters are Paid

Less than 48 hours before the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruled to increase royalty payments to songwriters and music …

District Court Challenges Legality of Embedding Copyrighted Content

On February 15, 2018 a New York district court judge – in Goldman v. Breitbart News Network – challenged the reasoning of Perfect 10, and she concluded that one who embeds content …
By Lee Burgunder
5 days ago 1

Innovators and Content Creators Urge USTR Lighthizer to Fight for Strong IP in NAFTA Negotiations

ACTION for Trade asks Lighthizer to consider advocating for strong IP protections and robust enforcement to benefit a diverse group of industries, including digital content producers and …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 0

Judge Finds Taylor Swift Lyrics Lack Originality and Creativity

So uncreative did Judge Michael Fitzgerald find Taylor Swift's 2014 hit Shake It Off, he dismissed a copyright infringement case filed against her. In his opinion Judge Michael …

No DMCA safe harbor for Cox’s 13-strike policy for terminating repeat infringers

On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision in the case, BMG Rights Management LLC v. Cox Communications, Inc. The …
By Heather Smith-Carra
24 days ago 5

Patents, Copyrights and the Constitution, Perfect Together

James Madison — the fourth President of the United States and the father of the U.S. Constitution — wrote the usefulness of the power granted to Congress in …
By Gene Quinn
26 days ago 9

Fixing Our Broken Small Claims System with the CASE Act

If our legal system worked properly, it would be easy enough for her to file for copyright infringement. But under our current claims system, high litigation costs …
By Isaac Rubin
29 days ago 3

Letter to President Trump on China IP Probe is Latest Sign of Conservative Support for Private IP Rights

A group of 16 leaders from politically conservative institutions sent a letter addressed to President Donald Trump lauding the Trump Administration’s decision last summer to initiate an …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

USTR: Counterfeit and pirated physical products valued at nearly half a trillion dollars

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, imports of counterfeit and pirated physical products are valued at about half a trillion dollars, or about 2.5 …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

Where Does Blockchain Fit in Digital Rights Management?

The lawsuit is the latest example of content creators chasing down a third party that does not directly infringe content but rather facilitates infringement through a combination …

Can Blockchain Technology Solve Copyright Attribution Challenges of Digital Work?

Efforts are being invested in leveraging blockchain technology to resolve challenges associated with copyright attribution to provide acknowledgment of copyright of a digital work of art to …
By Dr. Hadar Mazor
1 month ago 1

The Legal Reality of Social Media IP: Who Owns What?

Today, as social media becomes more essential for businesses, there will almost certainly be an increase in intellectual property disputes about social media account ownership. Lawsuits relating …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
1 month ago 3

2017 Saw Fewest Patent Lawsuits Filed Since 2011

Q4 2017 saw a total of 981 patent infringement cases filed in district courts, the second-lowest total for any quarter in 2017 and the third-lowest total for any quarter dating …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 8

Spotify Sued by Music Publishing Company for Unauthorized Use of Thousands of Songs

The world’s biggest music streaming service, Spotify, has recently been sued by Wixen Music Publishing for allegedly using thousands of songs without a license and compensation …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 months ago 1