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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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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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