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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

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

Copyright Law 101: The Registration Requirement

The U.S. Copyright Act has certain formalities; one of the simplest and easiest to understand is the so-called “registration requirement.”  This is an important requirement—it governs when a copyright owner can bring a lawsuit for copyright infringement.  Section 411(a)‘s terms are clear and unambiguous: no action for may be instituted until registration has been made … Continue Reading
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