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Shufflin’ to the Courthouse

On February 26, 2014 By

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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Monday Morning JETLawg

On September 27, 2010 By

In the news…

Hallmark settles lawsuit with Paris Hilton for “That’s Hot” greeting card the celebrity claimed infringed her trademarked catch phrase and publicity rights.

District court rules films Disturbia and Rear Window not substantially similar, and grants summary judgment for Speilberg in copyright infringement suit.

Supreme Court requests response from […]

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Harry Potter vs. Willy the Wizard: U.S. Edition

On July 16, 2010 By

Forget Voldemort — Harry Potter has a new nemesis to contend with. Unfortunately for Harry, neither magic nor help from Hermione Granger will help him win this legal fight. As a sequel to the pending suits against the British publisher of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the Estate of Adrian Jacobs […]

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What Doesn’t Kill Me, Only Makes Me . . . Similar?

On July 13, 2010 By

Rapper Kanye West once humbly proclaimed, “I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice.” One can only hope that the voice of this generation is not a mishmash imitation of artists […]

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Copyright Horrors: Spielberg Sued

On September 14, 2008 By

Nearly seventeen months after the release of Steven Spielberg’s Disturbia, the estate of Sheldon Abend filed a complaint claiming that the film infringed upon Abend’s exclusive rights to a short story by Cornell Woolrich. The film rights to the story, called “Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint,” or alternatively, “It Had to […]

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Redefining Fair Use and Copyright Law?

On September 10, 2008 By

Yesterday afternoon Judge Patterson of the Southern District of New York ruled that Steven Vander Ark’s “Harry Potter Lexicon,” an encyclopedia intended to chronicle the famous Harry Potter series, infringed on J.K. Rowling’s copyright for the series. The Harry Potter Lexicon began as a fan website dedicated to serving as “the ultimate Harry Potter […]

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