Copyright law of the United States

  1. Why the 'Blurred Lines' Verdict Is an Uphill Battle for Copycats

    March 13, 2015 11:30 AM EDT In the music business, few things are as sacrosanct as credit and compensation. Inevitably, many aggrieved songwriters will hear news of the nearly $7.4 million verdict against  Robin Thicke  and  Pharrell Williams  for lifting from  Marvin Gaye & ...

  2. Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    April 10, 2014 8:02 PM EDT On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk. The action comes just three ...

  3. Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

    March 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The two companies had been locked in a legal battle since 2007 Viacom and Google announced today that they have resolved a massive copyright case. The closely-followed lawsuit was filed in New York federal court in 2007. It was alleged that YouTub ...

  4. Beastie Boy vs GoldieBlox Lawsuit Settled Over ‘Girls’ Toy Commercial

    March 18, 2014 12:39 AM EDT A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement.  Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, to ...

  5. US Record Company Sues Vietnam Site for Copyright

    January 28, 2014 11:19 AM EST A record company that accuses a Vietnamese entertainment portal of making its songs available for free download has filed suit in an American court against the U.S- venture capital firm which invested in the website, seeking millions in damages fo ...

  6. Record Companies' Lawsuit Against Vimeo Heads Towards Appellate Showdown

    January 03, 2014 1:05 PM EST A copyright infringement lawsuit against Vimeo, owned by Barry Diller's IAC, has taken another step forward after a federal judge in New York issued a new ruling on Tuesday. Among other developments, the case now looks headed towards an appel ...

  7. Who In Their Right Mind Sues Marvin Gaye or the Beastie Boys? (Guest Post)

    December 05, 2013 5:13 PM EST Howell O’Rear is a founding partner of the Nashville, Tennessee law firm McInteer & O’Rear PLC. His practice focuses on litigating business, contract, and intellectual property disputes, including copyright infringement actions.  In two rece ...

  8. Warner Music Aims to Keep 'Happy Birthday' Away From Public Domain

    September 04, 2013 2:59 AM EDT With the English language's most recognized song at stake, Warner/Chappell Music is not backing down from a bold challenge. On Friday, the music publisher responded in court for the first time to a lawsuit that claims that "Happy Bi ...

  9. The Turtles Lead Whopping $100 Million Class Action Against SiriusXM

    August 02, 2013 12:57 PM EDT Enjoy an old rock tune on satellite radio lately? A new proposed class action raises the theory that SiriusXM has infringed millions of these older recordings from thousands of song artists. Damages are alleged to be at least $100 million, but f ...

  10. Elton John Convinces Judges About Uniqueness of His Love Song

    July 17, 2013 3:55 PM EDT How many ways is there to say, "I love you"? Unfortunately for a man who composed a song entitled "Natasha" and sued Elton John and Bernie Taupin for ripping it off, there's more than one. On Wednesday, the Seventh Circ ...

  11. Appeals Court Upholds College Student's $675,000 Piracy Penalty

    June 25, 2013 7:56 PM EDT In the long-running case of Joel Tenenbaum, who was ordered in 2009 by a jury to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs online, the First Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Tuesday that the penalty should stand. The penalty ...

  12. House Judiciary Committee to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Copyright Law

    April 24, 2013 6:53 PM EDT Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday the committee will conduct a comprehensive review of US copyright law in the coming months. “The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws ar ...

  13. Beastie Boys Seek to Dismiss 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit

    November 28, 2012 4:43 PM EST The Beastie Boys have finally responded to a lawsuit that alleges the group illegally sampled material on the 1986 album License to Ill and the 1989 album "Paul's Boutique." TufAmerica, a record label, filed its complaint the day be ...

  14. Twitter Adds Transparency to DMCA Takedown Procedure

    November 05, 2012 12:28 PM EST Twitter has added some new elements to its DMCA takedown procedure that add more transparency to the process. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco with the top minds in investment, technology and mus ...

  15. Supreme Court to Consider Copyright Case Today, Despite Hurricane Sandy

    October 29, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Despite a hurricane that threatens much of the Northeast, the U.S. Supreme Court opened as usual this morning. Justice John Roberts, just named as a "Brave Thinker" by The Atlantic Magazine for his role in upholding the Affordable Care A ...

  16. Ray Charles Songs Lawsuit Could Make Major Impact On Copyright Battles

    October 16, 2012 6:50 PM EDT In a battle over rights to Ray Charles' famous songs, the charitable foundation that was bequeathed the singer's money and assets is suddenly in a tough spot, in danger of losing the substantial revenues that "I Got a Woman," & ...

  17. Morning Fix: The-Dream's Def Jam A&R Gig; ReDigi Vs. EMI; Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Hit Studio

    October 09, 2012 7:20 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. THE-DREAM NAMED EVP OF A&R AT DEF JAM; STEVE YEGELWEL JOINS MERCURY AS SVP OF A&R: 'Tis the season apparently for intense executive turntabling. The latest: W ...

  18. Negative Drake Review Mistakenly Removed From Google At BPI's Behest -- Not Universal's

    August 17, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Yesterday, a number of news outlets mistakenly reported that a negative review of Drake's "Take Care" album, written by Henry Adaso, had been removed from Google after Universal Music Group filed a DMCA takedown request -- allegedly ...

  19. German High Court Rules ISPs Must Disclose Identities of Illegal Filesharers To Copyright Holders

    August 14, 2012 2:14 PM EDT The German indie distributor Tonpool filed a case against a German ISP to release the name and information about a filesharer who illegally distributed the song "Bitte Hör Nicht Auf Su Träumen" by Zavier Naidoo (above). MUNICH - Germany& ...

  20. Business Matters: BandPage Branches Out

    July 24, 2012 5:16 PM EDT BandPage Everywhere Allows Artists to Update Web Presences From One Place One ongoing trend in digital music startups has been to help artists, managers and labels save time, work more efficiently and basically do more with less. It's seen in ...

  21. For Promotional Use Only?

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages from Mac Miller On July 9, hip-hop veteran Lord Finesse filed a $10 million lawsuit against Mac Miller, Miller's label Rostrum Records and mixtape site DatPiff.com. According to the suit, Miller "will ...

  22. Universal-Veoh Lawsuit May Be Revisited, Define New Copyright Infringement Standards

    June 08, 2012 10:34 AM EDT In a surprising twist of events, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might re-examine the standards by which Internet Service Providers qualify for "safe harbor" from copyright infringement liability by directly addressing what happened two ...

  23. Google Being Sued For Copyright Infringement Over Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane Photos

    April 26, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Google is being sued for copyright infringement in connection with its Google Music service launched late last year. But this isn't a run-of-the-mill case. It involves photographs of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix, the involvement of artist T ...

  24. Megaupload Adds Superstar Lawyer Andrew Schapiro to Defense Team

    April 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT In advance of a criminal trial, Megaupload has added a legal superstar to its defense. Andrew Schapiro, a partner at Quinn Emanuel, has reportedly agreed to defend Megaupload's executives, including founder Kim Dotcom, on charges of massive c ...

  25. YouTube Copyright Infringement Suit Reinstated By Appeals Court

    April 05, 2012 1:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court reinstated a copyright case against YouTube on Thursday, finding that a jury could conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights when it allowed the distribution of videos of popular ...

  26. RapidShare Case to Go to German Supreme Court

    March 28, 2012 8:24 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for copyright law, a long-running legal battle between music rights association GEMA and Swiss-based file-sharing site RapidShare is heading to the German Supreme Court. GEMA a ...

  27. Jay-Z, Kanye West Settle 'Watch The Throne' Sample Lawsuit

    March 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Jay-Z have settled a federal lawsuit from blues and soul musician Syl Johnson over a sample of his song, "Different Strokes," on their joint album Watch the Throne . Last October, Johnson sued the rap superstars, in additi ...

  28. Jay-Z Battles Egyptians Over 'Big Pimpin' Outrage

    March 06, 2012 9:00 PM EST Since releasing his mega-hit song, "Big Pimpin," which Rolling Stone named as one of the top 500 songs of all-time, Jay-Z and that many companies he's done business with (Warner Bros., EMI, Paramount, MTV, UMG, etc.) have been swamp ...

  29. Velvet Underground Adds New Complaint Against Warhol Foundation In Banana Album Cover Suit

    February 27, 2012 10:17 AM EST Last month, the Velvet Underground sued the Andy Warhol Foundation with an artful double-step: On one hand, the band claimed that the famous image that adorns its classic 1967 album, The Velvet Underground & Nico , was in the public domain. On ...

  30. ReDigi Successfully Fends Off EMI's Preliminary Injunction To Shutter Site

    February 07, 2012 7:30 AM EST ReDigi, an upstart digital company that sells "used" digital music, has announced that it has successfully fended off the recording industry's motion for a preliminary injunction. EMI's Capitol Records sued the company last mon ...

  31. Copyright Extension, Reversion Are Focus of Legal Panel at MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 9:15 AM EST Entertainment attorney Bernard Resnick discusses changes to U.S. copyright law affecting works assigned to publishers in 1978 and thereafter. At right is Lommen Abdo's Kenneth Abdo. (Photo: Louis Hau) Recent changes in U.S. and European copyr ...

  32. EMI Ireland Sues Government Over Piracy Inaction: Report

    January 13, 2012 12:14 PM EST As Americans debate bills that would block access to infringing websites within the U.S., one company is pressing Ireland's government to offer the same protections to copyright owners. According to two reports , EMI Music Ireland has sued th ...

  33. Used MP3 Store ReDigi Sued by EMI: Report

    January 06, 2012 8:51 PM EST Used MP3 marketplace ReDigi seemed destined to attract legal problems when it launched in October. Now the company has been sued by EMI less than two months after it was sent a cease-and-desist letter from the RIAA. The lawsuit was filed Friday in ...

  34. 'Santa Claus is Comin' To Town' Is Latest Song Embroiled in Termination Rights Litigation

    December 21, 2011 4:00 PM EST One of the big issues in entertainment law this past year was songwriters terminating copyright grants to wrest back control over songs. The year is ending with a bang as the estate of J. Fred Coots is terminating publishing rights on one of the b ...

  35. Business Matters: Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case

    December 20, 2011 8:47 PM EST Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case -- An appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling that online video service Veoh is protected by the DMCA's "safe harbor" that limits digital service providers' liability for ...

  36. Judge in 'Y.M.C.A.' Copyright Termination Battle Asks to Hear More Information

    December 20, 2011 9:23 AM EST A federal judge is taking the unusual step of allowing an amicus brief to be considered at the early stages of litigation that will determine whether the original lead singer of the Village People has a right to terminate copyright grants on 32 so ...

  37. Warner and Sony Join Universal's Lawsuit Against Grooveshark

    December 15, 2011 12:57 PM EST Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have joined Universal Music Group's lawsuit against online music service Grooveshark. An amended complaint with the participation of the two additional major music groups was filed Thursday in a ...

  38. Australia's ISPs Proposes Controversial Anti-Piracy Plan

    December 05, 2011 2:12 PM EST Australia's biggest ISPs are about to embark on a trial, which comes close to emulating the "graduated response" schemes in other countries. It's close, but it misses the target, copyright owners say. The Communications Allianc ...

  39. Kanye West Cites Nietzsche in Copyright Battle Over 'Stronger'

    November 23, 2011 10:30 AM EST Kanye West has cited 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in an attempt to convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the dismissal of a claim he stole his hit song "Stronger" from another songwriter. In a brief s ...

  40. Grooveshark Lawsuit Reveals Details of Universal Music Group's Allegations

    November 21, 2011 11:12 AM EST Music service Grooveshark calls itself "the world's largest international community of music lovers." But a small number of co-founders and employees are also targets of Universal Music Group's lawsuit against the service' ...

  41. Hair Band War! Did Poison Steal '80s Hits From Another Band?

    October 21, 2011 10:20 PM EDT Members of Poison, including frontman-turned-reality-TV-celebrity Bret Michaels, have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn't over ...

  42. Kanye West, Jay-Z Sued By Soul Legend Syl Johnson Over Uncleared Sample (Listen)

    October 18, 2011 8:45 AM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  43. Kanye West and Jay-Z Sued for Allegedly Sampling Syl Johnson

    October 17, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  44. Canadian Government Reintroduces Copyright Modernization Act

    September 29, 2011 9:19 PM EDT In what is being painted as a controversial move by the Canadian press, the Canadian government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act on Thursday (Sept. 29), which provides a broad revamp of copyright law in that country. Among the most con ...

  45. U.K. Retailers Hit Out At Digital Economy Act's Lack of Progress

    September 15, 2011 8:33 AM EDT A lack of progress in implementing the U.K. Digital Economy Act is costing British retailers millions, according to U.K. trade body the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). Speaking at the organization's annual general meeting, held in ...

  46. Lionsgate Sued Over Music Used in LeBron James Documentary

    September 08, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Lionsgate has been hit with a quirky copyright infringement lawsuit over a piece of music used in documentary More Than A Game, which chronicles basketball superstar LeBron James' rise during his high school days in Ohio. The lawsuit filed Tu ...

  47. Village People Singer's Copyright Fight Could Change Music Industry

    August 18, 2011 7:50 AM EDT In what may be the beginning of a major shake-up in the music industry, Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, has filed paperwork to regain control over his share of the copyright credit for 32 of the band's songs, in ...

  48. U.K. Announces Massive Copyright Reform: Scraps Website Blocking, Allows CD Copying, Music Parodies

    August 03, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Today (August 3), the British government announced plans to modernize and reform U.K. copyright law following up on recommendations contained in the Hargreaves report commissioned by British Prime Minister David Cameron and a technical review by t ...

  49. Aretha Franklin Criticizes Songwriter Over Rights Lawsuit

    August 02, 2011 11:31 PM EDT Aretha Franklin says she's "extremely disappointed" over a lawsuit filed by her longtime songwriting partner over song royalties from her latest CD and copyright infringement. Norman West of Lansing filed the suit July 15 against th ...

  50. Rihanna Suffers Setback in 'S&M' Music Video Lawsuit

    July 25, 2011 5:22 PM EDT Photographer David LaChapelle has survived the first hurdle in his lawsuit claiming pop star Rihanna copied his photographs to create the music video "S&M." Although some allegations against the singer have been dismissed, a New York ...

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