Tag Archives: Copyright

U.S. President Barack Obama presents former Beatle Paul McCartney the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a concert in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

McCartney Won’t ‘Let It Be,’ Sues Sony to Get Back Song Rights

McCartney Won’t ‘Let It Be,’ Sues Sony to Get Back Song Rights

By Bob Van Voris and Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg News Do you want to know a secret? A quirk in U.S. copyright law says Paul McCartney may be able to get the rights to one of his songs back as early as next year, with others following. But, Sony Corp. appears to be standing in the way.

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Star Trek Fan Film Cannot Claim Fair Use (Audio)

A fan-made Star Trek series prequel, from Axanar Productions, cannot claim fair use as a defense in the Paramount and CBS copyright lawsuit. Erin Ranahan, a partner at Winston & Strawn and the attorney representing Axanar Productions, and Michael Risch, a professor at Villanova University Law School, discuss the ruling on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.” https://assets.bwbx.io/av/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/vyAilkO0wW7U/v2.mp3

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Music Industry, Publishers Ask Trump to Protect Copyright

President-elect Donald Trump is hearing from the music and publishing industries about the importance of copyright protections to the national economy. Nineteen music industry associations, in a joint letter to Trump released Tuesday, also took a swipe at the technology industry for engaging in a “massive ‘value grab’” from content producers. Tech companies — leaders

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EC Staff Floats Copyright Changes For News, Data Mining

By Peter Leung, Bloomberg BNA A leaked draft of a European Commission staff working paper on copyright law suggests the commission is eyeing several changes, including creating a new right to allow news publishers to claim compensation for use of their content online. The proposal appears to be targeting services such as Google News that link to news articles along

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Olympic Copyrights and Music Licensing (Audio)

Discussion of why companies looking to get in on the social media buzz of the 2016 Olympics should use caution when posting images or names of participating athletes as well as words like “summer,” “gold,” or “performance” that may violate the International Olympic Committee’s charter on its trademark and advertising rights. Also a look into the Department of Justice

Donald Trump, presumptive 2016 Republican presidential nominee, left, is greeted by his wife Melania Trump during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Did Melania Trump Infringe 2008 Obama Speech?

By Anandashankar Mazumdar, Bloomberg BNA Amid the debate raging over whether some of Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech was cribbed from a 2008 Michelle Obama address, there’s an overlooked legal question: whether there wasn’t just copying, but copyright infringement. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s campaign has denied any intentional plagiarism by Melania Trump, according

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‘Happy Birthday’ Lawyers Target Other Song Copyrights

By Anandashankar Mazumdar, Bloomberg BNA The lawyers who teamed up by chance to bring the world’s most popular song into the public domain are now trying to do the same for “We Shall Overcome” and “This Land is Your Land.” Lawyer Randall S. Newman and documentarian Jennifer Nelson’s “Happy Birthday to You” victory was final

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Google Beats Oracle Copyright Suit, Wiping Away $9 Billion Claim

By Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg News  Google won a jury verdict that kills Oracle Corp.’s claim to a $9 billion slice of the search giant’s Android phone business. Oracle contended that Google needed a license to use its Java programming language to develop Android, the operating system in 80 percent of the world’s mobile devices. Jurors

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As Attorneys Clash Over Star Trek, Question Arises Over Essence of a Klingon

Twenty-eight pages on the essence of Star Trek. A thesis on the history and myths behind Vulcans. All of this and more can be found in a lawsuit that is quickly resembling its own subject: a compelling work of fan-fiction. The saga began last December, when CBS and Paramount Pictures filed a claim for copyright infringement against

An intern runs a new opinion to colleagues at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

SCOTUS to Decide Attorneys Fees in Landmark Copyright Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument next month in a dispute over more than $2 million in unpaid legal fees stemming from seven years of litigation. According to court filings, lawyers from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe say they’re entitled to $1.9 million for their representation of Thai bookseller Supap Kirtsaeng against copyright claims by publisher