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On August 18, 2014, Taylor Swift dropped her pop hit “Shake It Off,” the first single off of her fifth full-length album, 1989. Despite her lyrics telling listeners who do not classify themselves as “Swifties” that she would “shake it off,” the haters still hate, hate, hated her new single. But some did more than [...]

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Have you ever thought about who owns the copyright to a tattoo? Not many people have, but it is a current topic that needs to be settled by the courts. Currently, the video game company Take-Two is being sued for copyright infringement in regards to its NBA 2k games. Solid Oak Sketches claims to [...]

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Record Labels Sue YouTube Audio-Ripping Website

On October 17, 2016 By dsowder

Record labels, in their continuing fight against music pirating, have taken aim at an audio-ripping website that undercuts the legal purchase of music. Several major music labels, including Universal, Capitol, Warner Bros, and Sony, have filed a lawsuit against the website Youtube-mp3.org (“YTMP3”) alleging that the site is responsible for direct, contributory, and vicarious [...]

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The Ninth Circuit Does Not Feel the Burn

On March 17, 2016 By Katherine Dutcher

Bikram Choudhury’s famous sequence of twenty-six yoga poses and two breathing exercises—which is performed over ninety minutes in a humid, 105-degree room—is not copyrightable, says the Ninth Circuit. Choudhury, the self-proclaimed “Yogi to the stars,” popularized this form of “hot yoga” after emigrating to Beverly Hills in the early 1970s, and he detailed the [...]

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“Happy Birthday to You” = $14 million settlement

On February 15, 2016 By Erin Webb

The English language’s most popular song “Happy Birthday to You” just entered the public domain. Warner Music has paid $14 million to settle a lawsuit challenging its copyright over the popular song. While Warner argues that its 1935 copyright registration should be entitled to a presumption of validity, and has charged for the use [...]

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Last week, four executives of Shenzhen QVOD Technology Inc., a Chinese online peer-to-peer video-hosting platform, stood trial in Beijing. It was alleged that the company allowed pornographic websites to access its streaming technology and approximately 21,000 pornographic materials have been distributed on three servers run by QVOD. The four executives, who pleaded not guilty, [...]

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Protecting Street Art: Wynwood Art District as a Case Study

On November 30, 2015 By ppatino

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Art Basel in Miami Beach. This trendy affair combines some of the world’s premier art with insanely exclusive parties, incredible music events, and even national politics. While the extravagance of Art Basel momentarily dazzles the entire city, Miamians get to hangout [...]

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This is the digital age of music. From hip-hop and R&B to techno and dancehall genres, artists more frequently create music using programs rather than people. Even artists who create music using traditional acoustic instruments frequently convert their sound to electronically marketable media. The result is an immense collection of intellectual property. Accordingly, artists would [...]

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“I was high and drunk.” Not always the best thing to admit in a deposition, but in the recently released deposition videos from the “Blurred Lines” trial, Robin Thicke did just that.  With the case heading towards appeal, the video footage was released Monday of both Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ depositions.  While transcripts [...]

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Google Book Scanning Upheld by U.S Appeals Court

On October 28, 2015 By jlukasiewicz

On Oct. 16th, the Second United States Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that Google’s Books scanning effort to create an online library does not violate copyright law and is protected by fair use. The decision, which rejects the latest challenge in Authors Guild v. Google, also held that Google’s provision of [...]

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