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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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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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The Oculus Rift, at a mere two years old, has taken the gaming press by storm. The Rift is a motion-tracking, head-tracking 3D screen that you wear on your head for complete immersion. After the thoroughly terrible VR days of the 90s, maybe nobody expected VR to be a real thing [...]

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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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Netflix and Amazon seem to be in a little bit of trouble.  Jerry Kowal, the former director of content at Netflix, has sued both companies based on a number of allegations, including defamation, [...]

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In a case of first impression, the Tennessee Middle District Court recently confronted the issue of racial discrimination in reality television.  Plaintiffs Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson—two African American men who were denied the opportunity to be cast as The Bachelor in ABC’s reality-based dating show of the same name—filed [...]

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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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Although Pandora may have won a single battle against the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the recent decision has left many questions about music royalties unanswered. Pandora originally filed suit against ASCAP in the Southern District of New York, petitioning the court to set “reasonable” licensing fees through 2015. The [...]

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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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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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