Tag Archives: Copyright

The Second Circuit Affirms the Dismissal of Copyright Claims against Seinfeld over Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

BY: Michael Kolcun | May 19, 2020

The Second Circuit has upheld the dismissal of a copyright suit against Jerry Seinfeld that alleged he stole the concept for his hit show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. As reported here, writer-director Christian Charles sued Seinfeld in federal court claiming his contribution to the idea for Seinfeld’s show about comedians driving and talking over … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 4.3.2020 | Top Story: The U.S. Jobs Report Will Be Ugly . . . .

BY: Juvian Hernandez | April 3, 2020

The U.S. Jobs Report Will Be Ugly: The March jobs report will likely show the worst numbers in the “post-World War II era,” and “it is playing out in a matter of weeks,” not years. One study suggests the U.S. has lost 27.9 million jobs and will have a 16% unemployment rate – WSJ and Bloomberg The Skinny: … Continue reading

Supreme Court Holds that States are Immune from Copyright Infringement

BY: Carly Kessler | March 27, 2020

On March 23, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a state cannot be sued for copyright infringement because Congress lacked authority to abrogate the states’ immunity from copyright infringement suits when it enacted the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act (CRCA) of 1990. As background, in the early 1990s, Congress attempted to strip the states of their … Continue reading

The First Circuit Recognizes Implied Copyright Sublicenses

BY: Michael Kolcun | March 19, 2020

In a case of first impression, the First Circuit has held a copyright licensee may grant an implied sublicense to another party as long as it obtained the right to do so from the copyright owner. Photographic Illustrators Corp. v. Orgill Inc. involved copyright infringement claims over photos of Sylvania-branded lightbulbs. While a commercial photographer … Continue reading

“Pound Cake” Sampling Is Fair Use According to the Second Circuit

BY: Carly Kessler | February 10, 2020

Drake prevails again – this time at the Second Circuit. On February 3, 2020, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Drake, finding that his use of a sample from “Jimmy Smith Rap” in his song “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” (“Pound Cake”) … Continue reading

Chris Cornell’s Widow Sues Soundgarden for Copyrights to Unreleased Songs

BY: Michael Kolcun | December 30, 2019

The widow of the late Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell, has sued the band, its members, and business managers for copyright ownership of unreleased sound recordings and withholding royalties. In her complaint, Cornell’s widow alleges the bandmates and business managers conspired to withhold hundreds of thousands in royalties owed her and Cornell’s minor children in an … Continue reading

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