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  • George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” Copyright Case

    04/25/2024 5:57:42 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 18 replies
    Performing Songwriter Ent., LLC ^ | 2/10/15 | Lydia Hutchinson
    “Every time I put the radio on, it’s ‘Oh My Lord,’” John Lennon said in December 1970. “I’m beginning to think there must be a God.” Lennon wasn’t alone. As his former bandmate George Harrison’s debut single blanketed the airwaves, a struggling New York publisher, Bright Tunes Music, must’ve heard divine intervention in the melody of “My Sweet Lord.” It was identical to a chestnut in their dusty catalog, “He’s So Fine.” On Feb. 10, 1971, as Harrison’s hit was idling down from four weeks at No. 1, Bright Tunes filed a copyright infringement suit. The older song, written...
  • Frida Kahlo Corporation Files Lawsuits against Amazon Sellers over Trademark Infringement

    03/07/2024 2:37:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    ARTnews ^ | TESSA SOLOMON Plus Icon March 7, 2024 | TESSA SOLOMON Plus Icon March 7, 2024
    The Frida Kahlo Corporation filed two lawsuits on March 4 against online merchants in a bid to end the unauthorized reproduction of Kahlo’s likeness and art. The company, which owns the trademark, has demanded that Amazon vendors either relinquish all profits allegedly made from her counterfeit image, or $2 million “for each and every counterfeit use of the asserted trademarks,” Courthouse News reports. “Defendants’ images, artwork and derivative works are virtually identical to and/or substantially similar to the Frida Kahlo works,” the company wrote in its primary complaint. “Such conduct infringes and continues to infringe the Frida Kahlo works in...
  • Disney's earliest Mickey and Minnie Mouse enter public domain as US copyright expires

    01/01/2024 12:19:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    BBC ^ | 31st December 2023 | Noor Nanji
    It was the animation that launched the House of Mouse. Steamboat Willie, a 1928 short film featuring early non-speaking versions of Mickey and Minnie, is widely seen as the moment that transformed Disney's fortunes and made cinema history. Their images are now available to the public in the US, after Disney's copyright expired. It means creatives like cartoonists can now rework and use the earliest versions of Mickey and Minnie.
  • Andy Warhol estate loses US supreme court copyright fight over Prince paintings (Thursday)

    05/21/2023 5:11:40 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday May 18, 2023
    Andy Warhol's estate lost its U.S. Supreme Court copyright fight with celebrity photographer Lynn Goldsmith on Thursday as the justices faulted the famed pop artist's use of her photo of Prince in a silkscreen series depicting the charismatic rock star. The 7-2 ruling, authored by liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, upheld a lower court's decision that Warhol's works based on Goldsmith's 1981 photo were not immune from her copyright infringement lawsuit. But the ruling focused on the licensing of only one of Warhol's Prince images and did not deem the entire silkscreen series a copyright violation. The film, publishing and recording...
  • Ed Sheeran Won. What’s the Lesson?

    05/07/2023 1:47:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 7, 2023 | Rick Beato
    Rick Beato discusses why Ed Sheeran won his lawsuit for his song "Thinking Out Loud" vs. Marvin Gaye’s song "Let’s Get It On" and what lessons are learned.
  • The AI Effect: A New Era in Music and It’s Unintended Consequences

    05/04/2023 9:07:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 4, 2023 | Rick Beato
    Rick Beato discusses the implications of AI in music
  • Jury rules Ed Sheeran not liable in copyright infringement case over Marvin Gaye song

    05/04/2023 11:54:50 AM PDT · by CFW · 23 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5/4/23 | By Lauryn Overhultz , Greg Norman , Marta Dhanis
    A jury ruled Thursday that English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was not liable in a case in which he was accused of copying music chords from Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On" in his 2014 hit song "Thinking Out Loud." Following the verdict announcement, Sheeran stood up and hugged his team before mouthing "thank you" to the jury. Outside the courthouse, Sheeran spoke to the press but did not answer questions. The "Shape of You" singer-songwriter said he's happy about "not having to retire from [his] day job" after saying he would stop writing music if he lost the trial.
  • The Supreme Court Will Hear Lawsuit Over Whether Warhol Committed Copyright Infringement

    03/29/2022 3:12:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    ARTnews ^ | March 28, 2022 | Alex Greenberger
    The Supreme Court said on Monday that it would review a closely watched copyright infringement lawsuit that pits the Andy Warhol Foundation against the photographer Lynn Goldsmith. The Court’s decision could have major implications for “fair use” of copyrighted materials in art. Few cases related to contemporary art have ever been heard by the Supreme Court. In 1984, Warhol used a 1981 photograph that Goldsmith had taken of the pop star Prince as the basis for a series of paintings. Goldsmith’s picture of Prince was shot on assignment for Newsweek. On commission for Vanity Fair, Warhol used the photograph as...
  • Apple files a lawsuit to stop upcoming indie 'Apple Man' film

    02/01/2022 9:35:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Feb 01, 2022 | Amber Neely |
    Apple is seeking to halt the distribution of an action-comedy film titled "Apple-Man," fearing consumers may believe the film is associated with the Cupertino-based tech giant. In 2020, Ukrainian film director Vasyl Moskalenko wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign for his indie action-comedy movie, "Apple Man." The film centers around a superhero who has the power to levitate apples — the fruit. Now, as the film enters post-production, Apple has begun the process of shutting down the world's first healthy lifestyle superhero film before it ever reaches consumers. According to the film's creator, Apple has filed a 467-page lawsuit against...
  • H&R Block Sues Square For Copyright Infringement As Jack Dorsey Changes Its Name To ‘Block’

    12/17/2021 3:31:11 AM PST · by DFG · 19 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 12/16/2021 | Ben Zeisloft
    Tax preparation company H&R Block is suing Block — formerly known as Square — for copyright infringement. Until the end of November, Jack Dorsey was the chief executive of both Twitter and Square. Upon Dorsey’s resignation from Twitter, Square — a financial services and digital payments company with many services that overlap those of H&R Block — changed its name to Block in recognition of its blockchain technology capabilities.
  • Marking the End of the War, A Yelling, Defiant Joe Biden Declares Victory in Afghanistan and Blames Americans for Being Left Behind

    08/31/2021 10:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Red State ^ | 08/31/2021 | Bonchie
    <p>Joe Biden finally spoke today to mark the end of the war in Afghanistan. After showing up hours late for the originally scheduled event, something that has become a habit for this president, Biden took to the podium. What transpired was surprising and shocking at times.</p>
  • An Emotional Senator Lindsey Graham Calls for Biden to Be Impeached Over Kabul

    08/29/2021 8:33:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Red State ^ | 08/29/2021 | Becca Lower
    <p>South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) sat down for an interview with Ed O’Keefe on “Face The Nation” Sunday morning. Graham, a ranking member of both the Senate Budget Committee and the committee in charge of appropriating funds for the State Department and foreign operations, spoke with obvious emotion about the Biden Administration’s ongoing debacle in Afghanistan which has left 13 service members dead — and what it portends for the U.S. homeland in the future.</p>
  • One Democrat Is a 'Hell No' on the Left's $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Bill...But There's Trouble Elsewhere

    08/23/2021 6:36:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/23/2021 | Matt Vespa
    <p>Kyrsten Sinema still opposes her party's plans for a $3.5 trillion, party-line spending bill. And she’s not up for a negotiation about it.</p><p>As House Democratic leaders hold back Sinema’s own Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill in order to push the Arizona Democrat and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support a multitrillion-dollar spending bill, Sinema is making it crystal clear that her mind can’t be changed. And that applies even as her own legislation becomes a bargaining chip in House Democrats’ internal discussions.</p>
  • Commission starts legal action against 23 EU countries over copyright rules

    07/26/2021 7:36:00 PM PDT · by algore · 2 replies
    BRUSSELS, July 26 (Reuters) - France, Spain, Italy and 20 other EU countries may be taken to court for their tardiness in enacting landmark EU copyright rules into national law, the European Commission said on Monday as it asked the group to explain the delays. The copyright rules, adopted two years ago, aim to ensure a level playing field between the European Union's trillion-euro creative industries and online platforms such as Google, owned by Alphabet (GOOGL.O), and Facebook (FB.O). Some of Europe's artists and broadcasters, however, are still not happy, in particular over the interpretation of a key provision, Article...
  • Music Industry Calls Out Twitter’s Poor Moderation Before Congressional Hearing

    03/30/2021 5:08:43 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 15 replies
    Billboard via MSN ^ | March 25, 2021 | Michah Singleton
    The U.S. music industry’s leading trade organizations collectively slammed Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey for not taking down copyrighted material fast enough in a letter to Congress ahead of Thursday’s (Mar 25) hearing on disinformation on social media platforms. Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke during the hearing.The letter called out Twitter’s “failure to meet the most basic standards of responsible moderation with respect to other illegal activity — specifically, the rampant theft of creative works on its platform,” as the groups asked the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Consumer...
  • Supreme Court Justices Slam Google For Apparently Cheating Its Way To The Top

    10/14/2020 5:27:27 AM PDT · by gattaca · 58 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 14, 2020 | Michael J. Pappas
    While a decision in Google v. Oracle isn’t expected for a few months, the justices’ pointed questioning at the Big Tech giant indicates Google broke the law to get ahead. Michael J. PappasBy Michael J. Pappas OCTOBER 14, 2020 The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Google v. Oracle on Oct. 7. The case involves several legal issues, all of which boil down to one principal question: Did Google cheat and steal its way to the top? 

While a decision on the case isn’t expected for a few months, the justices’ pointed questioning at the Big Tech giant points to...
  • ‘Electric Avenue’ singer Eddy Grant sues Trump for copyright infringement

    09/01/2020 10:37:52 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 71 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 1, 2020 | 1:00pm | Ben Feuerherd
    The musician who wrote Reggae classic “Electric Avenue” sued President Trump for copyright infringement for using the song in a Twitter video that bashed Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Songwriter Eddy Grant filed the suit in Manhattan federal court Tuesday, claiming he has suffered and will continue to suffer if the video continues to spread across the internet.
  • Republican National Convention, Day 3 [Live Thread "Land of Heroes" ]

    08/26/2020 5:30:03 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 1,238 replies
    C-Span ^ | 8-26-20
    <p>The Republican National Convention continues Wednesday under the theme "America, Land of Heroes" with Vice President Mike Pence closing out the evening from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the site of a battle during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."</p>
  • Neil Young Files Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign for Alleged Copyright Infringement

    08/04/2020 12:25:31 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 04 2020 | JOSHUA CAPLAN
    Left-wing rocker Neil Young filed a lawsuit Tuesday against President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, alleging it violated copyright laws by lacking the right to play his songs at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Young’s suit said Trump campaign did not have a license to play “Devil’s Sidewalk” and “Rockin’ in the Free World” at the June 20th rally and has used his songs since the president’s first campaign in 2016. “This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing,” reads the complaint filed in New...
  • Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2020

    04/25/2020 12:39:15 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | Apr 24, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    Our Nation’s history is defined by discovery, ingenuity, and innovation. Americans are known for their resourcefulness and ability to find solutions to a wide range of challenges, including the development of technologies that advance our security, health, and prosperity. This resourcefulness has been a driving force of economic growth and human development since the founding of our Nation, and our future depends on the continued protection of our intellectual property. On World Intellectual Property Day, we renew our resolve to protect and secure the works and innovations of American artists, inventors, and other creators who continually push the boundaries of...