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Court Rules TV-Streaming Service Provider May Seek Compulsory Copyright Licenses; Fox to Appeal

In what may be considered a surprise decision, a federal judge ruled that online television streaming service, FilmOn X, may be treated as a cable company by allowing it the same compulsory copyright licenses that broadcast companies receive. FilmOn offers content from cable companies like Fox, NBC, and the like. FilmOn captures broadcast television signals […]

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Justin Bieber and Usher Ordered back to Court for Copyright Infringement

Pop stars Justin Bieber and Usher Raymond will be heading back to court after the Fourth Circuit for the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a reasonable jury may find they infringed copyrights in their 2010 hit song, “Somebody to Love.” (Read the full opinion here) The unanimous Court ruled the plaintiffs, R&B singer Devin […]

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Court Rules on Reasonableness of Copyright Licensing Fees

A federal district court in New York ruled that Broadcast Media Inc. (“BMI”) may collect 2.5% of Pandora’s total revenue in exchange for licenses to publicly perform copyrighted music. (Read the full opinion here) BMI represents music copyright holders, and licenses the right to publically perform its clients’ songs on a non-exclusive basis. Pandora is […]

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Avoiding Swiss Cheese of Copyrights, Google Prevails against “Bamboozled” Actress

A federal court of appeals reversed an earlier ruling that forced Google to remove a YouTube video portraying an actress making anti-Muslim statements.

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Restaurateur Denied Copyright Protection for Recipes

A federal court ruled that an Ohio restaurateur’s recipes were not protectable under copyright laws. The court issued its ruling earlier this year on a motion for summary judgment, and the plaintiff has since filed her notice of appeal. (Read the full opinion here.) Rosemarie Carroll, plaintiff and owner of Cleveland restaurant, Tomaydo-Tomahhdo, sued her […]

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Supreme Court Closes Case on Sherlock Holmes Copyrights

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving Sherlock Holmes copyrights, leaving almost all of the late author’s work within the public domain, i.e. they no longer have copyright protection. The case involved the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who originally created the famed characters, and Leslie S. Klinger, an author who wished […]

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Unhappily Together: Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc.

In a legal battle questioning copyright protection for the 1967 hit song, “Happy Together,” the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972, are granted exclusive ownership rights under California’s copyright laws. (Read the order here) The Turtles – the 1960s band who owns the […]

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When is it Ok to Use Another’s Artwork?

Today we take a look at the case of Seltzer v. Green Day and examine the circumstances under which one may use the creative works of another person.  The major issue in the case was fair use of copyrighted material.  The topic ties in nicely with last week’s post, which dealt with Fair Use in the trademark […]

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Navigating Different Intellectual Property Protections

You now have a business and with it, a whole lot of ideas on how to brand it, market it, and make big waves in the industry. But how do you navigate the different types of intellectual property regimes to go about protecting your ideas? There are three (technically four if you count trade secrets, […]

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