Lessons from the Copyright Infringement Verdict Against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams

Comments Off on Lessons from the Copyright Infringement Verdict Against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams Written by on March 12, 2015 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, Copyright Cases of Interest, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing Litigation, Music Licensing

A verdict was reached earlier this week in the copyright infringement case between Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams and the children of Marvin Gaye, finding that the 2013 song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the copyright in Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give it Up.”  Tech Times reported that Gaye’s children have been awarded $4 […]

Supreme Court to Hear Streaming TV Over the Internet Case

Comments Off on Supreme Court to Hear Streaming TV Over the Internet Case Written by on February 3, 2014 | Posted in Content Licensing, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing Litigation

Like many cable and satellite TV consumers these days, I have been closely following the new options on the market for streaming TV service and hoping that the day will soon come when I can significantly reduce my monthly subscription costs without cutting off my access to live TV.   With the cost of living […]

Copyright Office Seeking Comments on Possible Change to Small Claims Remedies

Comments Off on Copyright Office Seeking Comments on Possible Change to Small Claims Remedies Written by on October 5, 2012 | Posted in Copyright Infringement, Copyright Legislation

As an attorney who largely represents small businesses and entrepreneurs, I have often found myself in the tough position of explaining to someone with limited resources just how difficult it was going to be to go after an infringer.  Either it is simply too cost-prohibitive to go after an infringer, or the client has the […]

Copyright Infringement on the Internet: Problem is No Longer Confined to Entertainment industry

1 Comments Written by on May 16, 2009 | Posted in Copyright Infringement

Have you done a search on the web lately to see if any of your company’s creative works have been infringed? Well, according to an article by The Mercury News discussing these new trends in digital piracy, publishers and authors are increasingly discovering that unauthorized copies of their works are being sold over the Internet […]

Anticipating Likely Copyright Battle, Amazon Backs Down Over Kindle 2 Audio Feature

Anticipating a likely copyright battle over its new Kindle 2 audio feature, Amazon has backed down on its previous position and announced that publishers and authors will be able to decide whether to enable the feature. The Author’s Guild first signaled that a fight was brewing when it issued a February 12th alert over the […]

Associated Press Alleging Artist Stephen Fairey Infringed President Obama Photograph

1 Comments Written by on February 5, 2009 | Posted in IP Licensing Litigation

Did artist Stephen Fairey commit copyright infringement when he painted the image of President Obama and based that painting on a photo owned by the Associated Press? The Associated Press has approached Mr. Fairey and is claiming that he has in fact infringed their copyrighted photo. A photo of course is generally protected under Copyright […]

Is Your Business Infringing on the Intellectual Property in Other Companies’ Logos?

1 Comments Written by on January 21, 2009 | Posted in Trademark Licensing

Increasingly, I have noticed a trend with websites: more and  more, companies are displaying other companies’ logos on their websites.  In fact, when my new website was in development, my developers proposed that I do the same. However, if you are displaying other companies logos on your website, there is a high likelihood that you are […]

Blogosphere Reacts to Associated Press Assault on Fair Use Doctrine

Should the Associated Press have the right to set its own standards as to how much quoting from an Associated Press article constitutes fair use and how much requires the payment of a royalty? The Associated Press (“A.P.”) apparently thinks so, based on recent coverage of its plans to adopt blogging guidelines for quoting A.P. […]

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