Copyright

  • The U.S. Supreme Court denies review of the estate of Superman co-creator Joseph Schuster’s challenge to DC Comics’s rights to Superman.
  • Virtual Marilyn LLC, which states that it holds copyright registrations over holographic artwork depicting a CGI actress with the persona of Marilyn Monroe, seeks declaratory relief from the Marilyn Monroe estate’s use of trademarks to counter copyrighted works that have fallen into the public-domain.
  • UK’s new copyright laws, which allow people to make legal backups of media, go into effect.
  • A New York federal judge rules against music-sharing service Grooveshark on many of the issues in the lawsuit brought by music companies.

Crime

  • A dental technician sues actor Charlie Sheen for assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Litigation

  • A court orders CBS to pay $10.4 million to the family of Julio Villamariona, a security guard that was killed on the set of NCIS.
  • Kris Trindl, a founding member and DJ of the EDM group Krewella sues the group’s other founding members, sisters Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf, for at least $5 million for allegedly kicking him out of the group and breaching prior agreements.
  • Walmart files its answer to  lawsuit filed by several people, including actor Tracy Morgan, that were injured in a car accident with a Walmart driver.
  • Beats, now an Apple subsidiary, files a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit against Steve Lamar for claiming to be a co-founder of Beats.
  • Marriott comes to a $600,000 agreement with the FCC to settle allegations that it blocked personal hotspots at a Nashville hotel.
  • US District Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers green lights a $350 million antitrust lawsuit against Apple regarding its use of DRM to maintain a lead in the iPod market.

Music

  • Stephanie Ford Stewart, the widow of John Stewart files a lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing alleging a breach of contract over royalties on foreign sales.
  • After winning against SiriusXM, Flo and Eddie of The Turtles take on Internet radio service Pandora in a class action lawsuit alleging uncompensated use of their pre-1972 music which do not fall under federal copyright protection.

Patents

  • Summit Data Systems, a part of patent troll Acacia Research Corp., gets ordered to pay $1.4 million to NetApp for attorney fees.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • Google officially responds after being threatened with a $100 million lawsuit for allegedly “knowingly accommodating, facilitating and perpetuating” the dissemination of hacked stolen images of celebrities.
  • The Food and Drug Administration issues its final guidance regarding cybersecurity in medical devices.
  • California Governor Jerry Brown signs several bills into law which are aimed at updating student privacy, data breach, invasion of privacy, and revenge porn liability laws.
  • A botnet infects thousands of Macs running OS X.
  • New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman urges account holders and small businesses to take precautions after JPMorgan Chase gets targeted in a massive data security breach.
  • The Electronic Privacy Information Center files a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency to obtain the agency’s report on the Senate spying incident.
  • Facebook increases its tracking and advertising abilities by integrating with Atlas, an advertising platform that allows advertisers to target users based on their Facebook profile across different devices and websites.
  • Data protection authorities of Hamburg order Google to provide users with more profile data control.
  • The Justice Department charges four individuals with stealing intellecutal property from the US Army, Microsoft, Valve, Activision, and Zombie Studios.
  • California Governor Jerry Brown vetoes legislation that would have required police to obtain warrants to use unmanned drones to watch the public.

Sports

  • The Federal Communications Commission votes to kill sports blackout rules which banned cable and satellite broadcasters from showing any blacked out game on local broadcast TV.

Technology

  • Redbox Instant, Verizon’s Netflix contender, closes due to criminal activity and lack of customer interest.
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that HP will break into separate consumer and enterprise companies.
  • Joseph Clancy, leaves his security chief position at Comcast to returns the Secret Service as acting director.

Telecommunications

  • Verizon decides not to throttle certain 4G users as a part of a “network optimization” program after receiving criticism from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Trademark

  • A California federal judge rejects, on jurisdictional grounds, a lawsuit filed by the John Wayne Estate against Duke University.
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