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Monday, Sep. 20, 2021
Yet another photo embedding case, but this time Instagram wins based on the court's application of the "server test."
The plaintiffs own the copyright in photos that they voluntarily posted on Instagram. They sued Instagram in the Northern District of California, alleging that Instagram...
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
On the Barefoot Contessa, Peppermint Bark, and the Volitional Conduct Requirement for Copyright Infringement
I don't think it is possible to love Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, more than I do. I love her recipes: they are relatively easy to execute, delicious (no surprise, since they tend to double down on butter), and leave guests with the impression...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
Last week, lengendary rocker Neil Young sued Donald Trump's presidential campaign (the "Campaign") for copyright infringement for using two of his songs, Rockin' in the Free World and Devil's Sidewalk, at numerous rallies and political events, including the July 20, 2020 rally...
Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020
Eagles songwriter Don Henley urged Congress on Tuesday to "Take It to the Limit" to protect artists against online pirating, wading into a copyright fight pitting Hollywood and the recording industry against big tech platforms like Google's YouTube.
The blockbuster hitmaker of the 1970s...
Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020
A federal judge in Los Angeles handed a major victory to Katy Perry on Tuesday, overturning a jury's verdict that found the pop superstar and her collaborators copied her 2013 hit "Dark Horse" from a 2009 Christian rap song.
U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said in her decision...
Monday, Mar. 9, 2020
A federal appeals court on Monday restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal "Stairway to Heaven."
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco handed the major win to guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant and dealt a blow to the estate of Randy Wolfe...
Monday, Sep. 23, 2019
A group of federal judges aren't sure all that glitters is gold, and they don't seem to be buying that a new trial is necessary in the copyright fight over the Led Zeppelin song, "Stairway to Heaven."
Members of an 11-judge panel at a Monday hearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019
To show that Katy Perry and the team that wrote her 2013 hit "Dark Horse" may have heard his song and stole from it, Christian rapper Marcus Gray's primary evidence was that his 2009 song, "Joyful Noise" had plays in the millions on YouTube and Spotify.
Plaintiffs in copyright cases like...
Friday, Aug. 2, 2019
Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a federal jury decided Thursday.
It was an underdog victory for rapper Marcus Gray, a relatively obscure artist once known as...