Tag Archives: copyright infringement

Artist Richard Prince Sued for Use of Photo from Instagram

It is not the first time artist Richard Prince has made headlines for appropriating others’ artwork into his own without attribution or license. But this time, he has done so in a way that may have implications on the use of photographs posted on social media. He is being sued on one of the 37 … Continue Reading

Greater liability for ISP’s?

In a sure-to-be-appealed verdict last week, a federal court jury in the Eastern District of Virginia found Cox Communications liable to pay $25 million to music publisher BMG Rights Management for contributory copyright infringement. Does this case add anything new to the debate over whether the Digital Millennium Copyright Act strikes the right balance in … Continue Reading

Obscured by the Cloud? Advanced Instructional Systems and the Scourge of Online IP Theft

The conveniences of cloud computing are many, but so are the dangers of doing business in the cloud. For businesses whose intellectual property is accessible in the cloud, there is the constant threat that that intellectual property will be stolen. There is an increasing belief that the threat of theft is not a nebulous eventuality, … Continue Reading

FilmOn and the Copyright Act §111 Compulsory Licensing

Web-based television streaming services have been dealt another blow in their campaign to transmit large broadcasters’ copyrighted programs.  In the latest decision on the issue, a federal judge rejected FilmOn X LLC’s claims that the company could stream protected broadcasts without committing copyright infringement.  Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FilmOn X LLC, No. 13-758-RMC (D.D.C. … Continue Reading

A New Lenz: Google Weighs In on Fair Use

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act creates a liability “safe harbor” for online service providers that post content that may be protected by copyright. It facilitates the takedown of an infringing work by providing a relatively simple “notice and takedown” procedure. However, the DMCA has been criticized for making it more difficult for individual creators to … Continue Reading

Judge Halts Pornographer’s Subpoenas Against Potential Infringers Identified Through IP Addresses

Online content providers continue to struggle with the challenge of copyright infringement by BitTorrent users.  One of the most aggressive tacks is the one taken by Malibu Media, which, after instituting over 4,500 lawsuits in four years, has become one of the most controversial copyright litigants, responsible for over 40 percent of copyright litigations during that time. … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit: “Holy Copyright Law, Batman!” The Batmobile Is Copyrightable

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Batmobile is a copyrightable character. The Ninth Circuit’s opinion explaining its ruling begins with the sentence “Holy copyright law, Batman!,” and goes on to quote Adam West and invoke other pop culture references.  “ Since 1939, Batman has been featured in numerous publications by DC Comics, … Continue Reading

GoldieBlox and the Three Beastie Boys

It was the ad video gone viral of three young girls proudly showing off their elaborate Rube Goldberg machine made of repurposed pink toys.  They sang “it’s time to change, we deserve to see a range” and called for girls “to code the new apps” and “to grow up knowing that they can engineer that.” … Continue Reading

Google Prevails in the Latest Chapter of the Google Books Litigation

On November 15, Judge Chin of the Southern District of New York issued a long-awaited decision  in the Google Books case, Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc.  Google Books—the project through which Google provides access to over twenty million books to the public—obtained some of its books from libraries without permission from the copyright owners.  … Continue Reading

Girl Under Fire: Alicia Keys Sued for Copyright Infringement over Girl on Fire

Songwriter Earl Shuman sued Alicia Keys for allegedly “sampling” parts of the composition “Hey There Lonely Boy” (“Lonely”) that he co-wrote in 1962. According to the complaint, Keys’ recording of “Girl on Fire” (“Fire”), which is the lead single on her same-titled album, misappropriates a few notes of the composition. Shuman’s composition was recorded by … Continue Reading

Controversial “Six-Strikes” Copyright Alert System Debut Delayed

The Center for Copyright Information, an organization founded and funded by media industry organizations, their members and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), yesterday announced that it would push back the start date and will likely begin to roll out its long anticipated “Copyright Alert System” in the early part of 2013.  The announcement comes on the … Continue Reading

Hulkamania is Running Wild: Let the Battle Begin (in Court)

Terry Bollea, better known as the professional wrestler with the stage name Hulk Hogan (“Hogan”), is involved in an unattractive legal battle that presents an unusual intersection of the First Amendment, copyright law, and privacy/publicity issues. Hogan filed two lawsuits arising out of a 2006 sexual encounter with Heather Clem (“Heather”), then the wife of … Continue Reading

Google Responds to Suit by Hendrix Photographer Against It and Mr. Brainwash

Last month, Google, Inc. responded to the Third Amended Complaint of Jim Marshall Photography, LLC against Thierry Guetta, Guetta’s affiliated company It’s a Wonderful World, Inc., Google, Inc. and John Doe defendants in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Google denied the claims of copyright infringement and contributory and vicarious copyright infringement … Continue Reading
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