Posts in Copyright


In the Era of Spotify and Pandora Where Do ASCAP and BMI Fit?

In traditional music recording, artists have had to choose to license their music through major music industry organizations like ASCAP and BMI. In the age of streaming …
By Derek Handova
11 months ago 2

Copyright Preemption in the Smart Phone Society: The Ninth Circuit Clouds the Picture in T3Media

There is no question that smart phones have transformed the social and economic structure of society, and the integration of increasingly effective cameras has helped spark the …
By Lee Burgunder
11 months ago 1

Warner Bros. settles $80M copyright suit brought by Tolkien estate over LOTR online video and casino gambling games

On July 5th a federal judge entered an order granting the dismissal of a copyright case, which had been filed by the estate of famed English fantasy …
By Steve Brachmann
12 months ago 1

Inspiration vs. Copying: Where’s the Line in Hollywood?

When it comes to television shows, it not always clear what is “copyrightable.” Sometimes, filmmakers and screen writers can get into serious trouble if they don’t …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
12 months ago 3

My Top 25 Songs of All Time

I took Gene’s request to heart and really tried to capture my top 25 songs. To be honest, however, I had a very difficult time narrowing the …
By Russell Slifer
12 months ago 8

Court finds that use of unpublished Tommy DeVito bio in ‘Jersey Boys’ musical is fair use

In mid-June, this case was overturned on appeal after a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (D. Nev.), entered a …
By Steve Brachmann
12 months ago 1

How Artificial Intelligence is set to disrupt our legal framework for Intellectual Property rights

It's safe to say that most sectors will undergo significant disruption as a result of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. AI will not only disrupt our business models …
By Toby Bond
1 year ago 0

The Impact of Drake’s Fair Use Copyright Victory on Music Copyright Infringement

A few weeks ago, a New York federal judge ruled that Hip-Hop Artist Drake was protected by copyright’s fair use doctrine when he sampled a spoken-word …

PTAB overturns two Cisco patents, clearing way for Arista to overturn ITC exclusion order

Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) was recently successful in its attempts to overturn the validity of a patent held by San Jose, CA-based tech multinational Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:…
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 3

Spotify reaches $43.5M settlement over class action suit on unpaid royalties for copyrighted songs

The $43.5 million from the recent Spotify settlement will reportedly go towards a separate fund to compensate publishers and songwriters. Such payments made by Spotify and other streaming …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Senate judiciary committee holds nomination hearing for Vishal J. Amin to serve as IPEC

At the top of Amin’s prepared remarks delivered to the Senate judiciary committee, he noted the fact that the importance of protecting IP was made explicit …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

How New Musicians Can Protect Their Music’s Intellectual Property

It’s not just businesses and corporate environments that need intellectual property protection - artists of all kinds must protect their work too. Specifically, musicians have a …

The Risks of Using Images for Commercial Purposes

Businesses were recently given a harsh reminder about the effects of failing to obtain permissions when using photography for commercial purposes when a California woman sued Chipotle …

Protection of a TV Format in Ukraine

The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, The X-Factor and may other TV shows have become popular worldwide. All these shows were adapted for TV viewers …
By Nataliya Minakerman
1 year ago 0

Senate judiciary committee holds hearing on intellectual property as a driver of innovation

“As a society, we depend on innovators… to make our lives better and to solve the challenges we face,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 14