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Copyrighting Costumes

On October 21, 2016 By jdclark

Halloween is just around the corner which means all across the country people are buying, selling, and creating at home a multitude of costumes, from the new Stars Wars: The Force Awakens characters to whatever this is. But, does dressing up as your favorite TV, movie, or comic book character infringe the author or [...]

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Killing the Cable Box

On October 17, 2016 By dpaulson

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler wants to change the way consumers watch TV by eliminating mandatory set-top box rentals.  So far, however, his cable box free future has remained elusively out of reach.

After seven months of debating, the FCC was scheduled to vote on the proposal on September 29, but ultimately removed it from [...]

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In September 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in what has been dubbed the “Dancing Baby copyright takedown case.”  The decision explained that a copyright holder who uses computer algorithms to flag infringing content on the web has satisfied the subjective good faith requirement necessary to issue a takedown notice under the Continue Reading

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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YouTube stands up for Fair Use, with conditions

On December 3, 2015 By Kelsey Zottnick

These days, consumers seem trapped in the age of the “passive platform.” Hot tech companies like Uber and Airbnb insist their services merely connect providers and customers. However, people who work for or use these platforms are often on their own if liability issues arise. While this approach may cut costs, critics say it [...]

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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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Naturally occurring or mind-made?

On October 14, 2015 By Lauren Ostberg

What’s the difference between the manifestation of an idea and the creative expression of the idea?  About 80 years of legal protection, according to Home Legend LLC, a recent petitioner to the Supreme Court.  Home Legend filed for certiorari on July 24, seeking review of an Eleventh Circuit decision that granted copyright protection to [...]

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