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Last week, a handful of Nashville songwriters ventured to Washington, DC to advocate for changes in the structure of compensation under copyright law.  The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, aims to change the mechanics by which the government calculates songwriter pay. Currently, under U.S. Copyright law, [...]

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On Wednesday, May 28th, the Center for Copyright Information (“CCI”) released its first progress report on the Copyright Alert System.

This report comes a year and a half after the implementation of the system in February of 2013. Designed as an educational tool to inform online copyright infringers [...]

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The Copyright War Rages On

On May 29, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Last week, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Paula Petrella could sue MGM for copyright infringement–more than 30 years after Raging Bull hit the cinema and won two Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Robert De Niro).  Petrella’s father collaborated with boxer Jake LaMotta on two screenplays and a book that was [...]

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Shaken, not Stirred.

On April 11, 2014 By Sonal Patel

How do you like your martinis?  Well, we all know how our favorite secret agent who is always dressed sharp, always getting the ladies and always working for M, the female head of Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), likes them.  Shaken, not stirred.  In fact, we can recognize James Bond simply by that saying.  But [...]

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Ending Revenge Porn Through Copyright

On April 3, 2014 By Philip Houten

The growth of interactive internet sites over the past couple decades has lead to the blossoming of an industry specializing in user-generated pornography. This phenomenon has become known as “Porn 2.0,” and has provided users an outlet to post photos and videos not only of themselves, but also of people who have [...]

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The world-famous magician Teller has secured a major victory in a Nevada Federal Court, winning his copyright suit against a copycat magician.  Teller filed his copyright suit against Gerard Dogge, a Dutch magician who uploaded YouTube videos of himself performing Teller’s famous, and copyrighted, performance of “Shadows.”  While this is not [...]

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The legal battle over the Beastie Boys’ 1987 song “Girls” had some law students wondering if it might be a fact pattern on their copyright final exam. Now, the band and toy company GoldieBlox have reached a settlement over a months-long infringement suit.

GoldieBlox’s stated mission is “to get [...]

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One day in 1985, Smokey Robinson said to his then wife Claudette Rogers “I wanna leave you, don’t wanna stay here . . . . Don’t wanna spend another day here . . . . I wanna split now.”

Now, there’s some sad things known to man, but ain’t too much sadder than [...]

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Aereo’s Unique Chance

On March 13, 2014 By Doruk Onvural

This just in: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals just whacked the grin off Aereo’s face. Aereo is a technology company that provides live and time-shifted (think DVR) streams of TV shows to devices that connect to the Internet. Basically you get to watch True Detective or The X Factor on your [...]

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Shufflin’ to the Courthouse

On February 26, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Who knew “shufflin’” could be such a problem? LMFAO’s catchphrase — “every day I’m shufflin’” — from the 2010 smash hit “Party Rock Anthem” is the source of a lawsuit filed by Rick Ross. Ross claims the song is an unauthorized derivative work under 17 U.S.C. § 106 (2) and alleges LMFAO [...]

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