Tag Archives: Copyright

Who Owns Truth Hurts?

BY: Carly Kessler | October 25, 2019

Sometimes the truth hurts – but what is the truth here? On October 23, Melissa Jefferson, professionally known as Lizzo, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in Los Angeles seeking a declaratory judgment that Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Yves Rothman, songwriters and producers, took no part in writing her chart-topping hit, … Continue reading

Seinfeld Knocks Out Copyright Case over Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

BY: Michael Kolcun | October 7, 2019

Jerry Seinfeld has secured the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming he stole the concept for his hit show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. In his airing of grievances, writer-director Christian Charles alleges he came up with the idea for Seinfeld’s hit show about comedians driving and talking over coffee. Charles claims he and Seinfeld worked … Continue reading

The Big Three Sue an ISP for Enabling Copyright Infringement

BY: Michael Kolcun | September 13, 2019

The so-called Big Three record companies—Universal, Sony, and Warner—have sued to hold an internet service provider liable for facilitating its customers’ copyright infringement. In their complaint, the major labels allege RCN Telecom has been aware for years of rampant copyright infringement by its subscribers, thousands of whom they assert include repeat offenders. See UMG Recordings, … Continue reading

Dish Network Scores Early Victory in Copyright Litigation

BY: Michael Kolcun | August 6, 2019

After filing a number of lawsuits, Dish’s effort to combat the piracy of its satellite TV programming is starting to pay off. Just days ago, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts issued a permanent injunction and awarded Dish $400,000 from a Massachusetts man who was intercepting its broadcasts. As the federal court … Continue reading

Stairway Opens for a Rehearing

BY: Carly Kessler | June 18, 2019

“There’s still time to change the road you’re on,” Led Zeppelin says, hoping a 2016 jury verdict in its favor will be reinstated. On June 10, an 11-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit announced that it would rehear a copyright appeal alleging Led Zeppelin plagiarized the intro of its seminal 1971 hit, “Stairway to Heaven.” … Continue reading

ReDigi Wants a Re-Do at the High Court

BY: Carly Kessler | May 22, 2019

ReDigi, an online platform that allows users to buy and sell pre-owned digital content directly from other consumers, is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling finding that its services were not protected by the Copyright Act’s first sale and fair use doctrines. Have you ever sold old or unworn clothes? Think of ReDigi … Continue reading

I Feel Glorious – Macklemore Overcomes Copyright Suit

BY: Carly Kessler | April 30, 2019

“I feel glorious, glorious,” Macklemore is saying. On Tuesday, April 23, a Louisiana federal judge in the Fifth Circuit dismissed a 2017 lawsuit claiming that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis unlawfully sampled Paul Batiste’s sound recordings. Batiste, a New Orleans jazz musician and member of The Batiste Brothers Band, alleged that Macklemore and Lewis’ songs, “Thrift … Continue reading

SCOTUS Unanimously Holds Copyright Owners Must Obtain Registration Before Filing Suit

BY: Michael Kolcun | March 6, 2019

The Supreme Court has finally resolved the application v. registration debate by holding the Copyright Act obligates an owner to obtain a registration for their work before filing an infringement action. As reported here, Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com thrust the Eleventh Circuit into a dispute that has split numerous Circuits:  whether the … Continue reading

“Let’s Get It On” to a Jury – Ed Sheeran Goes to Trial

BY: Carly Kessler | January 11, 2019

The year didn’t start on a high note for Ed Sheeran. Back in 2016, Sheeran was sued by the heirs of “Let’s Get It On” (LGO) co-writer, Ed Townsend, who accused Sheeran of copying several elements of LGO in his 2014 hit, “Thinking Out Loud” (TOL).  Sheeran tried to get the suit thrown out on … Continue reading

Fresh Prince Star Sues Fortnite and NBA 2K over the Carlton Dance

BY: Michael Kolcun | December 21, 2018

After we reported their recent controversy over the Milly Rock, Fornite’s creators were hit with another suit for using the Carlton Dance, as were the makers of NBA 2K16. Alfonso Ribeiro – best known as Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – claims the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K16 are ripping off … Continue reading