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Batmobile Copyright Lawsuit Could Be Racing to the Finish

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Holy lawsuit, Batman! Sorry, couldn’t resist. Later this month, a judge is set to rule on whether a car builder who constructs replica Batmobiles is violating copyrights and trademarks of DC Comics. The lawsuit originates from a 2011 complaint filed by DC Comics, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., against Mark Towle, owner of […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 8th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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Alicia Keys Sued for Copyright Infringement

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A songwriter has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Alicia Keys after an entertainment blogger noted similarities between one of his songs and Keys’ “Girl on Fire.” The Hollywood Reporter shares a copy of the complaint, which alleges that Keys lifted from “Lonely Boy,” co-written by Earl Shuman in 1962. “Lonely Boy” was recorded in […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 21st, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Copyright Battle of the Yogis: ‘Hot Yoga’ Settlement Reached

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In the case of teacher versus student, Greg Gumucio has agreed to stop using world-renowned yogi Bikram Choudhury’s “hot yoga” routine in his New York studios. Choudhury had sued his former student alleging the copyright infringement of his sequence of 26 yoga poses taught in a 90-minute course in a 105-degree room, a system commonly […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 7th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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Facebook Copyright Status a Hoax

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Have you seen the latest Facebook status that is making its way onto news feeds everywhere? This one assures users that the user will retain copyright in all his or her content that is posted on the site simply by posting the following: In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 26th, 2012 at 11:04 am

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Can I Use a Copyrighted Image as Artwork in My Home? And More Legal Q&A – Free Joe 11/16/12

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Andrew: Am I allowed to scan an image from a music CD’s insert and print that image on canvas to display in my home as an art piece?

Joe Escalante: Technically, someone could articulate why this is a problem in some respects, but if it stayed in your home, it’s never going…

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

November 20th, 2012 at 5:29 am

Buddha Copyright Granted in China

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A Chinese court has ruled that an artist can hold a copyright for traditional religious symbols so long as they have “innovative elements” incorporated. The court ruled that sculptor Huang Quanfu “owns the rights to a wood sculpture design for Maitreya – the so-called fat smiling Buddha,” according to China Daily. The artist had sued […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 26th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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Legal Battle Over Warhol’s Banana Art

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Who owns the rights to the Andy Warhol banana on the cover of the the Velvet Underground’s 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico? That is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the rock band against The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts earlier this year. Back in 2009, the Foundation accused the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 10th, 2012 at 10:40 am

Gay Couple Sues Conservative Group Over Use of Their Kissing Photo

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An anti-gay group has allegedly misappropriated a gay couple’s engagement photograph for its political mailers, according to a new lawsuit. The couple, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is suing Public Advocate of the United States in federal court and seeks damages for the misappropriation of their likenesses and for mental distress and anguish […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 29th, 2012 at 8:48 am

Michael Jackson Estate Settles Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

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Michael Jackson’s estate has reached a $2.5 million settlement with a former business partner of Jackson’s mother and memorabilia dealer who had already been found liable for infringing on the estate’s copyright rights. The settlement avoids a trial that would have asked a jury to determine the amount of damages Howard Mann, operator of michaeljacksonsecretvault.com […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 7th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Creative Commons Wants Your Opinions on New Licenses

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Creative Commons (CC) licenses have been around for years, but the nonprofit organization behind them recently redrafted some of its main licenses, and it wants to know what you think of them. ZDNet reports that the second draft of version 4.0 of CC licenses were recently published for comment: The restrictiveness of the rules in […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 17th, 2012 at 11:19 am