Posts Tagged: copyright law


Proof of Existence Is Not Proof of Ownership

There is a dangerous movement afoot; the idea that registration of your images on the blockchain is a cheap and simple alternative to registration with the United …
By Joe Naylor
2 months ago 2

The Music Modernization Act is Introduced Into U.S. House, Would Create Blanket Licenses for Streaming Music Services

a bipartisan group of Representatives serving on the House Judiciary Committee introduced the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) into the U.S. House of Representatives. Along with …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Not So Blurred Lines

Some IP commentators love to hate the Blurred Lines music copyright decision. A primary critique has stoked unnecessary fear in musicians that the decision blurs the line …
By Sean O'Connor
5 months ago 2

The Unimagined Consequences of Star Athletica’s ‘Imaginative Separability’ Test

Like other opinions in the IP arena, the Supreme Court’s decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands has created a new legal rule with limited practical …
By Doris Estelle Long
6 months ago 1

Inspiration vs. Copying: Where’s the Line in Hollywood?

When it comes to television shows, it not always clear what is “copyrightable.” Sometimes, filmmakers and screen writers can get into serious trouble if they don’t …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
12 months ago 3

The Impact of Drake’s Fair Use Copyright Victory on Music Copyright Infringement

A few weeks ago, a New York federal judge ruled that Hip-Hop Artist Drake was protected by copyright’s fair use doctrine when he sampled a spoken-word …

The Risks of Using Images for Commercial Purposes

Businesses were recently given a harsh reminder about the effects of failing to obtain permissions when using photography for commercial purposes when a California woman sued Chipotle …

Is the Supreme Court breathtakingly dishonest or just completely clueless?

In Star Athletica Breyer laments that the majority is ignoring the statute, refers to copyrights as a monopoly, and explains that copyrights are a tax on consumers... …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 14

Copyrights at the Supreme Court: Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

On Wednesday, March 22nd, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in a copyright case, which clarifies federal copyright law surrounding whether features incorporated into …

Copyright litigation in 2016 saw rise in textile plaintiffs, decline in file sharing cases

The most active defendants in copyright lawsuits include department store chain Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST), which was named as a defendant in 276 cases. Following Ross Stores …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 2

Trump on Copyright: How the Trump Administration will approach copyright law and potential copyright reforms

We know that not only are copyrights grounded in the constitution, but core copyright industries contribute approximately $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, and employ over 5.5 …
By Marla Grossman & Gene Quinn
2 years ago 3

Recent study on lost copyright royalties may reopen WTO case on Section 110 exemptions in U.S.

A recent report from French consulting firm PMP Conseil made waves in the media for indicating that public performance exemptions in U.S. copyright law, such as …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert is the subject of copyright suit filed on behalf of former promoter

On Monday, September 12th, Sid Bernstein LLC, a company representing Bernstein who passed away in 2013, filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement on the use of the Shea …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

The Supreme Court May Give Product Designers Little to Cheer in Star Athletica

The Supreme Court granted certiorari this term in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., which considers whether typical designs on cheerleading uniforms can be …
By Lee Burgunder
2 years ago 0

Ed Sheeran targeted by heirs of ‘Let’s Get It On’ co-writer in copyright infringement suit

On Tuesday, August 9th, Ed Sheeran was named as a defendant in a copyright lawsuit filed by three heirs of American singer-songwriter Lee Townsend. Townsend, who passed …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0