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Fair Use & Takedown Notifications

On October 5, 2015 By Christopher Borns

On September 14, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in what has become known as the “dancing baby” case.  The Ninth Circuit’s ruling, which marked a victory for proponents of fair use but did not go as far as some of those proponents would have liked, requires copyright owners to consider [...]

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Amidst many reports of Survivor suing Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, for unauthorized use of their hit “Eye of the Tiger,” they have yet to file a lawsuit.  However, Survivor could have a valid claim of unauthorized use against Davis.

U.S. District Court Judge David L. Bunning ordered that Davis be jailed [...]

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Naturally Occurring or Mind-made?

On August 12, 2015 By Edmund Semmes

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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Beijing won its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics last week, but since then, “The Snow and Ice Dance,” one of the 9 official songs Bejing used for its campaign, has been questioned for plagiarism. Some Internet users and media believed that the song is substantially similar to “Let It Go” [...]

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In February 2014, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit issued an order granting Cindy Lee Garcia’s motion for a preliminary injunction in Garcia v Google.  On appeal from a district courts denial of the motion, the Ninth Circuit opinion caused waves when it held that Garcia has met her burden and demonstrated that [...]

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Be careful what you selfie. A controversial artist recently challenged the bounds of Instagram’s photo-sharing service. Richard Prnice, an “appropriation artist,” sparked controversy by showcasing other Instagrammers’ screenshots in an art exhibit.  The exhibit features replicas of unwitting Instagram users’ photos, unaltered save a single added comment tacked at the end of each one. [...]

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Taylor Swift removed her entire music catalogue from Spotify.  A few months later, Jay-Z bought a Swedish music streaming service for $56 million. If streaming services and record companies didn’t rush to the war room, it wasn’t for lack of notice. Clearly change was coming.

On Monday, Jay-Z announced the launch of Tidal, [...]

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The Wu-Tang Clan’s latest—and perhaps last—collective musical endeavor has been six years in the making, will be sold exclusively to one (very wealthy) buyer, and will only be released commercially after 88 years. Anyone reading this now will likely never see that day. Why such extremes? “Art is extreme,” group leader RZA says. “For [...]

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Last month, Harper Collins announced that they would publish Harper Lee’s novel, Go Set a Watchman. Lee’s debut novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, brought the noble local attorney Atticus Finch into the public imagination.

The coverage of Go Tell a Watchman has focused on Tonja Carter, Lee’s nonfictional attorney. Carter, a 2006 graduate [...]

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The heirs of Morton Stevens, the composer for the original Hawaii Five-0’s iconic, Emmy-winning theme song, are suing CBS for copyright infringement. The network used the song in a reboot of the series, which premiered in 2010 and continues to air today.

Stevens’ heirs allege that CBS wrongfully filed a renewal registration after the composer [...]

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