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  • 7th Circuit to Decide Kanye West “Stronger” Case

    Nov 23, 2011 15:12

    7th Circuit to Decide Kanye West “Stronger” Case

    Another aspiring songwriter guided by uninformed wishful thinking seeks to cash in against a celebrity.  In this case, plaintiff Vincent Peters sued Kanye West claiming that Kanye copied his song “Stronger” from Peters, who argued at the trial court level that Kanye gained access to the plaintiff’s song of the same name through Kanye’s manager, John Monopoly.  United States District [...]

     
  • Zediva “DVD Rental” Service Paused by MPAA Preliminary Injunction

    Aug 11, 2011 10:12

    Zediva “DVD Rental” Service Paused by MPAA Preliminary Injunction

    On April 4, 2011, the Motion Picture Association of America (“MPAA”) filed suit in the Central District of California against Zediva, a company that bills itself as online DVD rental service, alleging copyright infringement and seeking an injunction against the company.  Zediva allows customers to pay $2.00 to rent a DVD and a DVD player–housed in the company’s server rooms–and [...]

     
  • Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind and Tom & Jerry Images In Public Domain

    Jul 30, 2011 12:15

    Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind and Tom & Jerry Images In Public Domain

    Sometimes the Yellow Brick Road is paved with gold, sometimes it isn’t. See Warner Bros. Entm’t, Inc. v. X One X Productions, — F. 3d –, (8th Cir. 2011). In 1939, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released two of the most famous films ever made, The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind, and between 1940 and 1957 it debuted numerous Tom & [...]

     
  • Anatomy of a Copyright Infringement Case: Elements of a Copyright Infringement Claim

    Apr 21, 2010 22:11

    Anatomy of a Copyright Infringement Case: Elements of a Copyright Infringement Claim

    I thought I’d post some excerpts from a paper that I co-wrote for a presentation I gave with a friend of mine at the State Bar of Texas’ 16th Annual Entertainment Law Institute entitled “Legal & Business Aspects of Music, Film and Digital Entertainment” in October 2006.  The first excerpt is entitled “Elements of a Copyright Infringement Claim” and is [...]

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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