An alliance known as the Center for Copyright Information has been formed between Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) and owners of copyrighted material to help inhibit copyright infringement on the internet. The partnership consists of Internet Service Providers AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon, with the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America. The plan proposed by the coalition is unlike anything done in the past to stop piracy. It is entirely non punitive, and is aimed at education (Law Librarian Blog).
Rod Stewart was recently sued by former photographer, Bonnie Schiffman, for injunctive relief and compensatory and punitive damages of at least $2.5 million. The complaint hinges on the allegation that Stewart has misused a photograph originally taken for the cover of his 1989 Greatest Hits album, Storyteller.
In a recent suit against Warner/Chappell, the current owners of the copyright to the famous “Happy Birthday” song, plaintiffs Good Morning to You Productions Corp. called the validity of the copyright into question. The California federal judge overseeing the case has since ordered the parties to provide more evidence regarding the alleged abandonment of the copyright.
It may surprise some to know that this popular song, consisting of a six-note melody and accompanied by a six-word set of repetitive lyrics, is protected by copyright law.
he U.S. District Court of Appeals for California ruled against SiriusXM last week for airing music produced prior to the 1972. The laws of federal copyrights after 1972 expanded to cover master recordings. The lawsuit was filed by band songwriters Flo & Eddie of the Turtles. They sought $100 million in damages from the satellite radio company.
Pinterest is easily among today’s hottest new social media services. Founded in 2009, the easy to use image sharing site has over ten million members and continues to grow. The website allows users to “pin” images they like on the web to their personal “pinterest board” that they can share with friends and publish to the world at large. You can see what your friends are pinning, re pin things you like, and essentially just look at lot of amazing images on the internet.
8 Mile Style, a song publisher for Eminem, filed a lawsuit in May against Facebook and Wieden & Kennedy, the advertising agency behind Facebook’s “Airplane” commercial for copyright infringement. The copyrighted song in question is “Under the Influence”, a collaboration piece between Eminem and rap group D12 off “The Marshall Mathers LP”, Eminem’s third and most successful studio album to date.
Pop music icon and recently deceased recording artist Prince was well known for his legendary songwriting, epic guitar skills, and flamboyant fashion style but also for his relentless pursuit of copyright infringement. In 2007, Prince declared war on The Pirate Bay, a torrent based online music sharing website, and filed a lawsuit which ultimately led to a $3.6 million verdict and even jail time for the website’s operators. Prince had received public backlash on numerous occasions for attempting to takedown fan websites that use his image and likeness.
P.E.A. Films, Inc. is seeking to terminate MGM’s (Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer) contracts which granted licensing rights for three films headlined by Clint Eastwood (“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “For a Few Dollars More”) and Marlon Brando (Last Tango). The films at issue were all produced by P.E.A.’s legendary Alberto Grimaldi. P.E.A. has filed its complaint in New York federal court against MGM, seeking damages starting at $5 million.
With ICANN refusing to suspend new gTLD registries with piracy issues in their domain, a fight has broken out between domain companies and intellectual property interests and a solution seems hard to find.
Music legend Elton John is filing his legal documents to dismiss a copyright infringement suit filed in Illinois back in April by singer/songwriter Guy Hobbs. Hobbs alleges that the composer lyricist team of Elton Hohn and Bernie Taupin stole lyrics from his 1983 title “Natasha” for their title “Nikita” released two years later.
By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com
In fashion, designs are continuously changing yet also seem to overlap among higher-end and lower-end brands. Designers should be wary when launching a design for their brand because of the risk that someone else may create a knockoff or variation of their original design. Because of this, designers must create something that is signature and innovative to the brand and that will to be protected under intellectual property laws.
Many people may confuse a trademark and a copyright. A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol or design or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.On the other hand, a copyright is the limited period of exclusive rights to copy, license, or otherwise exploit fixed literary or artistic expression.
Miami artist David Anasagasti (or “Ahol” as most people call him) has recently filed copyright infringement against clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters. No, they did not steal his clothing designs or illegally use his music in their stores or advertisements (which would be the normal copyright infringement claim against a retail store).
By Breanna Pendilton | amdlawgroup.com
As an author, it is ultimately your goal to make your work unique and original. One way to make your work extremely original is to combine your ideas with that of another writer and/or editor to create a joint work. As the saying goes, “Two authors are better than one!”
By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com
When you seek a patent for your invention you should know that the “classic” type of patent, called “utility patent”, is aimed to protect its functional and structural features. If you also want protected your invention’s visual characteristics, like its shape or its decoration, you might need a design patent. In fact, the appearance of your invention will not be covered by a utility patent if it is not functional to the working of the invention itself, if it only serves, in other words, just an ornamental purpose.