Posts Tagged: copyright litigation


Does Star Athletica Raise More Questions Than it Answers?

The Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, which addressed whether copyright protection can extend to the graphic designs depicted on cheerleading …
By Lee Burgunder
12 days ago 0

Producers of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ win dismissal of copyright suit over ‘Soft Kitty’ lyrics

The original lawsuit filed in December 2015 targeted The Big Bang Theory’s use of the song Soft Kitty, a song which the character Sheldon Cooper asks people …
By Steve Brachmann
19 days ago 5

Knock-Offs Beware: SCOTUS Makes a Fashion Forward Decision

The ruling has wide implications for both the fashion apparel and home furnishings industry, both of which rely on distinctive, eye-catching designs to sell products. The upshot …

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 month 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 …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

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
2 months ago 2

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

On the menu this week for Other Barks & Bites... Video game systems developed by Nintendo and Sony are targeted in a patent infringement suit filed in Delaware …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

Disney, DreamWorks named as defendants in copyright infringement suit involving “The Light Between Oceans”

On Thursday, January 26th, Burbank, CA-based entertainment giant Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and movie production firm DreamWorks of Universal City, CA, were named as defendants in …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Real-Life Star Trek Battle of Axanar Is Heating Up

A copyright infringement battle of intergalactic proportions between Plaintiffs CBS and Paramount Pictures, and the company (along with its principal Alec Peters) looking to produce the crowdfunded …
By Dan Bonilla
3 months ago 34

Cisco v. Arista patent and copyright infringement cases see conflicting rulings at ITC, N.D. Cal.

A patent and copyright squabble involving two players in the networking space for information technology (IT) development, which has ramped up in recent years, saw an interesting …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Heritage Auctions sues Christie’s for violating copyrights to build cloud-based auction database

Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions filed a copyright infringement complaint against New York City-based Christie’s, Inc. and Christie’s database subsidiary Collectrium. The suit alleges that …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Owners of Prince’s copyrights sue Roc Nation, owned by Jay Z

Entities owning the copyrights to music created by the late pop star Prince had filed suit against Roc Nation, the entertainment company owned by rapper Jay Z, …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Judge allows copyright case on ‘We Shall Overcome’ to move forward, song may be in public domain

On Monday, November 21st, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) issued a decision allowing …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Hasbro faces copyright infringement claim over My Little Pony gaming app

Unfortunately for Hasbro, not all of its activities in the mobile gaming business have been completely original, leaving the game developer open to legal challenges. In late …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

McDonald’s graffiti decor is targeted in copyright suit filed by estate of NYC-based street artist

McDonald’s choice to go with a pre-treated graffiti look in some of its restaurants has posed legal challenges along with consumer concerns. On October 3rd, McDonald’…
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 2