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“Dallas Buyers Club” Pirates Sued in New Copyright Suit

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“Dallas Buyer’s Club” received a lot of attention this past year for its compelling subject matter and actor portrayals. However, the producers are now pursuing a legal battle with pirates who illegally downloaded and shared the Oscar winning film. According to Variety, back in February, Dallas Buyers Club LLC, which posses the copyright to the […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

April 7th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Copyright & Tweeting Your Images

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Daniel Morel was born in Haiti in 1951. As a young child he already knew that wanted to become a photographer, because he thought it would teach him to be fearless. For decades, his award-winning photographs have captured the culture and history of Haiti. During the January 2010 earthquake, Morel captured images of the destruction […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

February 12th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Even Hells Angels Protect Their Brand

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Mess with a bike gang, and land yourself a legal battle. It’s as if the notorious Hells Angels have traded in their leather jackets for blazers and ties after racking up over a dozen cases in federal court to protect their brand. The more popular they became since the group’s inception 65 years ago, the […]

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Written by Phil Corso

December 30th, 2013 at 10:05 am

Marvin Gaye’s Family Sues for Copyright Infringement

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Robin Thicke has sold six million copies of his song, “Blurred Lines.” This past summer, the hit topped the Billboard charts for an unprecedented 16 weeks. It’s clearly been a great year for the R&B artist and his co-writers Pharrell Williams and “T.I.” Clifford Harris Jr. There’s only one problem: the song is a blatant […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

December 11th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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How Can I Ensure I Own My Business Name, Slogan, Logo and Website Legally?

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Joe, How do I make sure that I own my business name, slogan, logo and website legally so no one else can claim it??? -Sunshine R. Barely Legal Radio w/ Joe Escalante There are different types of protection based on different types of use. You can copyright designs that you use for a logo, website, […]

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Written by Joe Escalante

November 26th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Hotfile Liable for Copyright Infringement

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Cyberlocker Hotfile has been found liable for copyright infringement, according to a statement released by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Ars Tecnica reports that the judgment of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida will be sealed for two weeks, but based on the MPAA’s statement, the Panama-based online file-sharing […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 12th, 2013 at 8:06 am

Happy Birthday Song Copyright Questioned in Lawsuit

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We all know and love the “Happy Birthday to You” refrain, but did you know it’s still under copyright? Well, according to a Reuters article, a recent lawsuit filed in federal court would like to change that. Good Morning to You Productions Corp, the named plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit in federal court, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 1st, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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Firefox Browser Add-On to Combat Copyright Infringement

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Many people who have posted their photos online can empathize with photographer Jason Wilder, and now they have him to thank for being able to better combat copyright infringement. Wilder, tired of seeing his work lifted and used elsewhere without his consent, has created the Copyright Infringement Finder (CIF) add-on for Firefox. Working in concert […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 19th, 2013 at 10:03 am

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Copyright Battle Over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

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To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has sued her agent over the loss of her copyright. The agent named in the lawsuit is Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of Lee’s former agent, Eugene Winick, who took over some of Winick’s clients when he fell ill. Lee, 87, alleges that Pinkus “engaged in a scheme to […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 22nd, 2013 at 9:40 am

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School Board Seeks to Hold Copyrights of Student & Staff Work

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A Maryland school board has presented a proposal that would turn over the copyrights of staff- and student-produced work to the school system. As the Washington Post notes, this “could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 9th, 2013 at 10:04 am