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Buck Rogers, Darfour Refugees, Thai Math Professors and more – Entertainment Law Update Podcast 73



 

SHOW NOTES

Judge Rejects Film Producer’s Bid to Have Buck Rogers Character Declared in Public Domain

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-rejects-film-producers-bid-877683

 

Judge Lets 54 Sudanese Refugees Pursue Copyright and Fraud Claims Over Reese Witherspoon Film

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-lets-54-sudanese-refugees-878021

 

Judge Doesn’t Want Google to Google the Favorite Books and Songs of Potential Jurors

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-doesnt-want-google-google-878548

 

Judge Knocks Out Key Claim in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Lawsuit

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-knocks-key-claim-straight-879604

→ The Court order: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2780934-Compton.html

Serial Trademark Denied

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2016/04/articles/serial-trademark-denied-should-one-of-the-most-popular-podcasts-ever-be-able-to-protect-its-name/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BroadcastLawBlog+%28Broadcast+Law+Blog%29

 

EU Stories

Photos of artwork on Wikimedia

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/05/wikimedias-free-photo-database-of-artworks-violates-copyright-court-rules

http://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/04/04/strike-against-freedom-panorama/ (wikimedia’s statement on the matter)

https://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=File:TheSwedishSupremeCourtsDecisionBUSvWikimediaFINAL-English_Translation.pdf&page=2 (the ruling)

 

EU attorney says Playboy links shouldn’t be infringing?

http://fortune.com/2016/04/07/copyright-links-eu/

http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2016-04/cp160037en.pdf (the opinion)

 

Kirtsaeng – Thai math prof whose copyright case is headed for SCOTUS – again

http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2016/04/11/meet-the-thai-math-prof-whose-copyright-case-is-headed-for-scotus-again/

 

 

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Consent Decrees, Sex Tapes, Klingons and Nude Scenes – ELU #72

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SHOW NOTES

100 Percent Licensing: U.S. Copyright Office Argues New Proposal Threatens Song Owners’ Rights

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6890404/100-percent-licensing-us-copyright-office-argues-new

Links to this article: http://copyright.gov/policy/pro-licensing.pdf

 Erin Andrews and Hulk Hogan win big.  Are they the poster children for the new Privacy?

Erin Andrews (peephole case)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/erin-andrews-awarded-55m-lawsuit-873313

Hulk Hogan (Bollea v. Gawker)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hulk-hogan-gets-115m-verdict-876768

 

Princess Cruises (Quick Take)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/princess-cruises-faces-lawsuit-barry-876787

Lindsay Lohan’s GTA5 lawsuit allowed to continue

Lindsay Lohan GTA V

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2016/03/16/does-lindsay-lohan-actually-have-a-point-with-her-gta-5-lawsuit/#380a92b626c2

http://bgr.com/2016/03/16/lindsay-lohan-gta-5-lacey-jones-rockstar-lawsuit/ (side by side images)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-allows-lindsay-lohan-advance-875269

Flipagram – Asking forgiveness instead of permission

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/03/14/flipagram-ceo-admits-to-massive-copyright-infringement/

Rick Ross’ ‘Hustlin’ – Copyright Under Examination as part of suit against LMFAO

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lmfao-bombshell-rick-ross-hustlin-871698

Batmobile Case denied Cert.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-wont-hear-batmobile-873092

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/dc-comics-is-entitled-copyright-826678 (previous coverage from 2015)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/batmobile-lawsuit-warner-bros-wins-419661 (previous coverage from 2013)

Start Trek Fan Film Case — Paramount claims infringement of Klingon Language.  Is this entitled to copyright?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/crowdfunded-star-trek-movie-draws-851474

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/star-trek-fans-want-paramount-868691

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/paramount-claims-crowdfunded-star-trek-874985

http://www.kli.org/about-the-kli/ (about the Klingon Language)

Appeals Court allows Producers to continue  breach of contract counterclaims  against actress for refusing Nude Scene.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/california-appeals-court-allows-actress-874603

(Initial complaint)  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/custom/Documents/ESQ/Femma_Fatales_bc497183.pdf

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2601114/Actress-Anne-Lee-Greene-sued-85K-refusing-nude-love-scenes-Cinemax-soft-core-series-Femme-Fatales.html

Opinion:  http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/B260333.PDF

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Scalia, Prevailing Parties, Hurt Locker and more. Episode 71



 

SHOW NOTES

Antonin Scalia Viewed Hollywood as “Foul-Mouthed Glitteratae,” But Wasn’t Entirely Unfriendly – Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/antonin-scalia-viewed-hollywood-as-865334

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLASS ACTION  SETTLED

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/warner-music-pays-14-million-863120

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-happy-birthday-lawsuit-settlement-public-domain-20160208-story.html

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2706567-Birthday-Settlmemo.html

 

ATTORNEYS FEES – Blurred Lines and Kirtsaeng

Robin Thicke’s Attorney Argues $3.5M Fee Award in “Blurred Lines” Case Would Set Bad Precedent – Hollywood Reporter

Supreme Court will address the question.

Is A “Prevailing Party” Really Entitled To Attorneys Fees Under the Copyright Act? SCOTUS To Decide

 

Hollywood Studios Say No Law Requires Captioning of All Song Lyrics in Movies

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-studios-say-no-law-857893

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2696091-Anthony-Dismiss.html

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2696092-Anthony-Strike.html

 

Supreme Court Asked to Review Batmobile Copyright Dispute

Recap: 28, 38, 67

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-asked-review-batmobile-858268

http://www.worldipreview.com/news/car-designer-demands-us-supreme-court-ends-batmobile-copyright-9445

http://www.bna.com/supreme-court-asked-n57982066533/

 

Another Actor claiming copyright in performance, this time in NY

(Followup from episode 65)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-docket-hobbit-trial-straight-857914

“For those who followed the legal saga over Innocence of Muslims, specifically actress Cindy Lee Garcia’s attempt to assert a copyright interest in her performance and have a judge wipe the film trailer from YouTube, check out this new lawsuit from Brian McCabe against Entertainment One and Swirl Recording & Film. McCabe says he acted on a program titled Community Service, and that his agreement only gave Swirl the right to air his performance on TV networks, not DVD or online. He’s now alleging that exhibition of the show has violated the copyright to his performance and further constitutes a violation of his right of publicity under New York law. The latter claim is probably doomed (see why here), but the copyright issue could give the New York judge an excuse to adopt or stray from what the 9th Circuit said in the Garcia case. ” So something to watch.

 

A busy month in the trademark area…

Reacting to The Fine Brothers Trademark on “React”

http://ryanmorrisonlaw.com/attorneys-react-the-fine-bros-react-trademark/

http://superfame.com/post/fine-brothers-copyright-react-trademark/

https://www.youtube.com/user/React

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFineBros/videos

http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/youtube-finebrothers-entertainment-license/

http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/fine-bros-youtube-react-trademark-backlash/

Ended up backing off: http://go.delicious.com/?id=63408X1518852&xs=1&url=http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/02/02/fine-bros-cancel-react-world-contentid/?mc_cid=3b80337165&sref=https://delicious.com/gfiremark

 

TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS IN VIDEO GAMES

Real Trademarks in Virtual Game Worlds – VIRAG

Gamasutra – Court rules for Gran Turismo in trademark suit, cites First Amendment

 

Sports Player Tattoos in Video Games

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/02/nba-2k16-tattoo-lawsuit/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/nba-2k-videogame-maker-sued-861131

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160202/06345533489/take-two-software-sued-over-copyright-nba-players-tattoos.shtml

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E70

Big Fees, Strikeouts and Disparaging Brands – Entertainment Law Update Episode 70



 

SHOW NOTES

 Webcasting Rates

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/dc-sets-new-webcasting-rates-849669

 

Marvin Gaye Estate Wants $3.4 Million for attorneys’ fees and Expenses

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-docket-marvin-gaye-family-854928

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Abbott and Costello

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/nyregion/heirs-of-abbott-and-costello-lose-copyright-claim-over-whos-on-first.html?_r=1
http://deadline.com/2015/12/broadway-hand-to-god-who-on-first-lawsuit-1201669009/
Link to Opinion

 

The Slants 

http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2015/12/are-legal-restrictions-on-disparaging-personal-names-unconstitutional-in-re-the-slants-guest-blog-post.htm

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/rock-band-wins-first-amendment-850689
http://www.haynesboone.com/news-and-events/news/alerts/2016/01/05/federal-circuit-rules-disparagement-clause-of-2a-of-the-lanham-act-unconstitutional

 

**RE: The Redskins

http://lawstreetmedia.com/blogs/ip-copyright/appeals-court-okays-trademarking-offensive-names-how-will-it-affect-the-redskins/

 

Kung Fu Panda

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/feds-charge-artist-fraudulent-attempt-850589

 

Monkey Can’t Sue

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/picture-monkey-see-monkey-cant-852831

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/judge-says-monkey-cannot-own-copyright-to-famous-selfies/

 

Rosa Parks relatives lose case over likeness

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/rosa-parks-heirs-lose-legal-851986

 

Richard Prince (short talk)

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/richard-prince-lawsuit-expert-opinions-402173

Complaint

 

US Copyright Office is taking comments about how well the DMCA is working | Ars Technica

http://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2015/12/30/is-the-dmca-working-us-copyright-office-evaluates-dmca-safe-harbor-provisions

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/got-an-opinion-to-share-about-dmca-takedowns-let-the-copyright-office-know/

http://copyright.gov/policy/512/

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E69

2015 year in review – Entertainment Law Update Episode 69



 

SHOW NOTES

Santa Claus is Coming to Town ruling

In October , as we reported in Episode 67 of the show… the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that rights to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the all-time most performed holiday song, will revert to the heirs of J. Fred Coots.

 

Happy Birthday Copyright

THIS CASE SETTLED LAST WEEK:  A settlement was reached last week in the class action claim that the lyrics to “Happy Birtday to you” are in the public domain.

Summary from episode 66. Mentioned in episodes: 42, 44, 46, 58, 62, 66

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/dec/10/happy-birthday-to-you-song-public-domain-warner-chappell-relinquish-copyright

Order: http://www.scribd.com/doc/282431790/HBD-Summary-Judgment-Order

 

Lenz v. Universal (Dancing Baby / Fair Use a right)

http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/09/14/13-16106.pdf

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/youtube-is-the-latest-to-defend-users-from-ridiculous-copyright-claims

https://www.eff.org/press/releases/important-win-fair-use-dancing-baby-lawsuit

Episode 66 and Episode 68

 

Blurred Lines Case

Then in Episode 65, we reported that the judge had ruled against the defendants’ motion for a new trial, but had trimmed the judgment down to about 5.3 Million Dollars…

and, just last week it was announced that The song’s writers, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I., have filed an appeal

 

Innocence of Muslims Ruling (and possible  en banc review)

On February 26, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered YouTube to remove the video from its website by a 2-1 majority. The ruling was in response to a complaint by actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who had objected to the use of her performance, which had been partially dubbed for its inclusion in Innocence of Muslims.

Garcia had believed during production that she was appearing in a film called Desert Warrior, which was described as a “historical Arabian Desert adventure film”, and was unaware that anti-Islamic material would be added at the post-production stage. Garcia had argued that she held a copyright interest in her performance.  the lower court disagreed, but the 9th initially held that she could have such an interest, and ordered youtubr/google to takedown the film.

then, In May of this year…, in an en banc opinion, the Ninth Circuit reversed the panel’s decision, vacating the order for the preliminary injunction…

 

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Pre ‘72 Copyrights – Turtles case, etc.

Episode 65, Episode 60, and Episode 59

 

Pre-1972 Music Update, Sony, Google, Apple

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/sony-google-apple-hit-lawsuits-766187

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6450644/sony-google-apple-hit-with-lawsuits-over-pre-1972

Quick Mention: Sirius XM

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-allows-siriusxm-appeal-big-772212,

This settlement was contested later in the year, covered in Episode 65, July 2015.

 

The Turtles Lose Bid to Halt SiriusXM’s $210M Settlement With RIAA

http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hollywoodreporter.com%2Fthr-esq%2Fturtles-lose-bid-halt-siriusxms-810836&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGU8v5j1BvKQTWLwBGTIisWDeRRLg   

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. et al., case number 2:13-cv-05693, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.(original lawsuit, http://www.project-72.org/documents/Flo%20&%20Eddie%20v.%20Sirius%20XM%20(Order%20on%20MSJ).pdf)

 

Pandora Settles

Pandora will pay $90 million to the Recording Industry Association of America.

 

Copyright Office Music Licensing Study – THB

Episode 60 – February 2015

http://copyright.gov/policy/musiclicensingstudy/copyright-and-the-music-marketplace.pdf

 

Point Break Live ruling

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/keeling-v-hars-usca-second-circuit-86510/

Full Decision: http://www.loeb.com/~/media/files/publications/2015/11/keeling_second_circuit.pdf

From Episode 68: The second circuit has ruled that “Point Break” parody is entitled to copyright protection

 

Monkey Selfies

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20151106/23433032738/monkey-see-monkey-sue-defendants-ask-judge-to-toss-out-ridiculous-monkey-copyright-lawsuit.shtml – (RE: Motion to dismiss by defendants)
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2509399/gov-uscourts-cand-291324-28-0.pdf – (Slater’s motion to dismiss)
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2509398-3e17e9c2-f21a-4cca-aca7-ba1c6c6fd616.html#document/p11 (blurb’s motion to dismiss)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/weird/ct-monkey-selfie-copyright-20151111-story.html– (Gender of the photographed monkey being disputed)


*** NEW UPDATES****
http://www.peta.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/20151204Plaintiff27sOppositiontoMTD.pdf (PETA’s Response)

Episode 68

http://www.peta.org/blog/peta-wants-to-make-this-monkeys-selfie-stick/

http://www.therecorder.com/id=1202744095177/Monkeys-Lawyers-Urge-Court-Against-Snap-Judgment?slreturn=20151110122552

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E68

Entertainment Law Update Episode 68 – Much Ado About Lots Of Things.



 

SHOW NOTES

In Episode 66, we talked about the major ruling by the 9th circuit in the Lenz v. Universal Case…. Not much to talk about here, except to mention that Universal has asked the 9th Circuit to re-hear the case en banc.

Jay Z Wins Copyright Case Because Plaintiff Did Not Have Standing

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jay-z-wins-copyright-trial-833665

Netflix and film studios face lawsuit over song captioning for deaf | Film | The Guardian

http://entertainment.inquirer.net/181618/hollywood-studios-targeted-in-suit-by-hearing-impaired

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/tv-film/6737472/hollywood-studios-sued-over-missing-song-lyrics-in-closed

http://edit.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/custom/Documents/ESQ/Netflix_subs.pdf

CBS Radio’s Novel Defense on Pre-1972 Recording

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cbs-radio-has-novel-argument-833596

http://www.radioink.com/article.asp?id=2987220&spid=24698

http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/cbs-hits-back-in-pre-1972-case-against-amfm-radio/

Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition – – see section 803.9(F)(3) Unclear Authorship Terms for Derivative Sound Recordings

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2483188/abs-cbs.txt

http://lawdigitalcommons.bc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3266&context=bclr

 

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George Orwell’s Estate is issuing Copyright Takedowns for the Number ‘1984’

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/george-orwells-estate-sent-copyright-notice-to-man-selling-t-shirts-with-1984-is-already-here-on-a6710926.html .

http://gizmodo.com/george-orwells-estate-is-issuing-copyright-takedowns-fo-1738899336

Appeals Court Rules “Point Break” Parody is Entitled to Copyright Protection

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-rules-point-break-835702

http://www.newser.com/article/0d15c2c436c84c64828a0a2ecda80461/court-parody-of-patrick-swayze-keanu-reeves-movie-point-break-deserves-copyright-protection.html

Keeling v. Hars

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/keeling-v-hars-usca-second-circuit-86510/

Full Decision: http://www.loeb.com/~/media/files/publications/2015/11/keeling_second_circuit.pdf

Fox News Anchor’s Suit Over Toy Hamster’s Likeness Results in Hilarious Point-by-Point Hasbro Rebuttal

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20151027/07151432647/fox-news-anchors-suit-over-toy-hamster-likeness-results-hilarious-point-by-point-hasbro-rebuttal.shtml

Marilyn Monroe Estate’s Licensing Activities Alleged To Be a Monopolistic Sham

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/marilyn-monroe-estates-licensing-activities-836314

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150923/06031432341/marilyn-monroe-estate-trying-to-use-trademark-to-enforce-publicity-rights-court-said-it-doesnt-have.shtml

EFF Asks Supreme Court to Apply First Amendment to Speech About Celebrities

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/11/eff-asks-supreme-court-apply-first-amendment-speech-about-celebrities-0

Anne Frank What is a Joint Work?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/anne-franks-diary-in-a-copyright-law-paradox-70-years-after-her-death/article27244584/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/14/books/anne-frank-has-a-co-as-diary-gains-co-author-in-legal-move.html?_r=1

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/anne-frank-foundation-declares-father-co-wrote-diaries/

Monkey Selfie Update

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20151106/23433032738/monkey-see-monkey-sue-defendants-ask-judge-to-toss-out-ridiculous-monkey-copyright-lawsuit.shtml – (RE: Motion to dismiss by defendants)
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2509399/gov-uscourts-cand-291324-28-0.pdf – (Slater’s motion to dismiss)
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2509398-3e17e9c2-f21a-4cca-aca7-ba1c6c6fd616.html#document/p11 (blurb’s motion to dismiss)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/weird/ct-monkey-selfie-copyright-20151111-story.html– (Gender of the photographed monkey being disputed)

Taylor Swift

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6754172/taylor-swift-settles-lucky-13-lawsuit

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E67

Entertainment Law Update Episode 67 – Holy Batmobiles!



 

SHOW NOTES

Let’s get in some stretching to warm up as we start our rundown…

Bikram Yoga – copyright can’t protect sequence of moves:

http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/10/08/13-55763.pdf

http://www.therecorder.com/home/id=1202739359850/Yoga-Cant-Be-Copyrighted-Appeals-Court-Rules?mcode=1202617075062&curindex=4&back=NY&slreturn=20150913193027

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=05d27527-2d85-40cd-9e87-eaae8b417143

http://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2013/01/04/bikram-yoga-protected-by-trademark-not-copyright-its-hot?rq=yoga

https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?q=bikram+yoga&hl=en&as_sdt=6,44&as_ylo=2015&case=6835552009231999996&scilh=0

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/09/dog-eat-downward-dog-bikram-yoga-founder-cant-copyright-sequence-of-poses-court-says/

Is Teaching Yoga in public schools an Establishment Clause violation?  Court says no.

https://ireact.haynesboone.com/rs/vm.ashx?ct=24F76F1ED2EB42A9CCDD89ACD3249418D5F355B2DF8E0BD15EE5636069FFCB1CDB7A3A9C3

(fast) It must be an election year…

Donald Trump Receives Legal Threat Over Use of Aerosmith’s “Dream On”

Batmobile Is Now Protected by Copyright

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/dc-comics-is-entitled-copyright-826678

 

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Appeals Court Rules Google Book Scanning Project is Fair Use

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-rules-google-book-832569

http://gizmodo.com/rejoice-researchers-court-rules-that-google-books-is-n-1737032695#_ga=1.121287432.1251445053.1444537794

Marilyn Monroe Estate Allowed to Bring Trademark Claims Against Merchandiser – Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/marilyn-monroe-estate-allowed-bring-826333

(fast)  Lindt chocolate wins copyright infringement battle over Haribo ‘Gold Bears’ | Fox News (follow up from Episode 3 (June 2009)

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2015/09/24/lindt-chocolate-wins-copyright-infringement-battle-over-haribo-gold-bears/

(fast)  City of Inglewood to pay 118k

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20151008/17453932484/inglewood-told-to-pay-118k-taxpayer-money-abusing-copyright-law-to-silence-critic.shtml

Santa Claus  Is Coming to Town: EMI Loses Copyright Over the Song

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-rules-emis-santa-830639
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/6722624/a-good-reason-to-pout-emi-loses-rights-to-santa-claus-is-coming-to-town

Jersey Boys: Frankie Valli Rips-Off His Own Life Story

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/frankie-valli-faces-trial-ripping-828584

California Law Punishing Paparazzi upheld

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/california-law-punishing-paparazzi-high-828437

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Recorded before a studio audience: Fair Use, Happy Birthday, Monkey Selfie and more



 

This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Dallas Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law section CLE luncheon on September 23, 2015. thanks to the Section for inviting us!

 


SHOW NOTES

Canada Officially Extends Copyright Term to 70 Years – correction

We have to correct ourselves.  In our last episode, we mistakenly reported that Canada’s copyright term had been extended to “Life Plus 70 Years”.  In fact, however, the 70 year term applies only to published Sound Recordings, and isn’t tied to lifespan of the Author.  We apologize for the error.

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6612572/canada-offically-extends-copyright-term-to-70-years

http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr02281.html?Open&wt_src=cipo-cpyrght-main&wt_cxt=resources#faq

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/FullText.html)

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-15.html

http://www.entertainmentmedialawsignal.com/the-complexities-of-canadas-extension-of-copyright-protection-for-sound-recordings

Monkey Selfie is back in the news

PETA ex.rel. Naruto the Macaque v. Slater poses the question whether a wild animal can be the “Author” of a work for copyright purposes.

Complaint: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/d44b2aae-83a1-4fce-8f0f-2d0838460b95

Appeals Court Rules Fair Use is a Right, not (just) a defense

Lenz v. Universal must return to curt for determination whether Universal used good faith in considering fair use before issuing DMCA takedown.

opinion http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/09/14/13-16106.pdf

Happy Birthday Copyright – Court rules copyright not valid.

 

The sisters who wrote the melody (more than a century ago)’seem never to have transferred the later-written alternate lyrics to the publisher, so Warner Chappell’s claims must fail. Wow!

Order: http://www.scribd.com/doc/282431790/HBD-Summary-Judgment-Order

 

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Dr. Luke Might Stand Trial Over Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’

It sure sounds like the same “groove”, but is that copyright infringement? the court says it’s a triable issue, so the case moves towards trial.

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6656735/dr-luke-might-stand-trial-over-jessie-js-price-tag

http://secondhandsongs.com/work/8578 (Zimba Ku)

https://soundcloud.com/brokennotbeaten/sets/copyrightjessiej

http://scitation.aip.org/docserver/fulltext/asa/journal/poma/19/1/1.4799479.pdf?expires=1440379989&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=00C868B4D2BD164171C73352683B2EE7

Exhibition of Aretha Franklin film enjoined

In a hill unusual ruling, a judge granted the Jazz Icon’s request for a prior restraint of film incorporating footage of her performance because she hadn’t given permission for its use.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/aretha-franklin-seeks-stop-sales-822825

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/aretha-franklin-granted-injunction-stop-820609

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tiff-aretha-franklin-doc-amazing-820961

YouTube Star Michelle Phan Case: Follow Up

music rights owner who allegedly gave, then revoked song permission settles with the makeup how-to video star.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/youtube-star-michelle-phan-settles-815153

Mayor Butts/Inglewood Follow-Up

“Mayor Butts really made an ass of himself”

City copyright claim against critic over use of city council video dismissed quickly and with prejudice.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-inglewood-cannot-claim-copyright-over-council-videos-judge-says-20150821-story.html

http://popehat.com/2015/08/20/californias-city-of-inglewood-cant-copyright-city-council-meetings-case-against-youtube-critic-tossed/

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Face to Face – Canadian Copyright Term, The (non)Mark of Zorro and more – Entertainment Law Update Episode 65

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Canada Officially Extends Copyright Term to 70 Years

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6612572/canada-offically-extends-copyright-term-to-70-years

SESAC Buys HFA

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6620210/sesac-buys-the-harry-fox-agency

Black Swan Intern Lawsuit Overturned

http://deadline.com/2015/07/black-swan-interns-lawsuit-overturned-1201467302/

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The Turtles Lose Bid to Halt SiriusXM’s $210M Settlement With RIAA 

http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hollywoodreporter.com%2Fthr-esq%2Fturtles-lose-bid-halt-siriusxms-810836&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGU8v5j1BvKQTWLwBGTIisWDeRRLg

Zorro Trademark Declared Invalid in Europe

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/zorro-trademark-declared-invalid-europe-806823

Lionsgate Sues Over “Dirty Dancing”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lionsgate-sues-dirty-dancing-ad-806626

Lionsgate Sued for Snarling at “Nobody Puts Your Old 401(K) in the Corner” Advertisement

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lionsgate-sued-snarling-at-nobody-805641

Also:  https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150629/10553231492/lionsgate-sues-td-ameritrade-seven-figures-over-lame-reference-to-dirty-dancing-line.shtml  (lawsuit link within story)

Deeper dive: http://www.ipbrief.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Shaw-Article.pdf

Why NFL Logos don’t need to be “cleared” for use in HBO’s “Ballers” series

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-the-rocks-ballers-can-use-nfl-logos-without-consent-2015-6

Tory Burch wins counterfeiting lawsuit – to the tune of $41.2 Million

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2015/07/16/tory-burch-wins-trademark-infringement-lawsuit

Appeals Court Rules that Producer Not Director, Gets Film Copyright

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-rules-producer-not-805650

Judge Rejects New “Blurred Lines” Trial, Trims Damages to $5.3 Million (Short Update)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-rejects-new-blurred-lines-808725

TV Streamer FilmOn Gets Huge Victory on Road to Compulsory License to broadcast Networks

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tv-streamer-gets-huge-victory-809251

http://deadline.com/2015/07/filmon-court-ruling-compulsory-license-broadcast-tv-1201477664/

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast 64

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Deadmou5 and Disney settle

Deadmau5, Disney Settle Dispute Over “Mouse Head” Logo The House of Mickey had opposed the EDM star’s attempt to register a caricature of a mouse head. 

Mr. Holmes v. U.S. Copyright Law

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davegonzales/2015/05/31/the-strange-case-of-mr-holmes-vs-us-copyright-law/

Grand Theft Auto Maker Sues Over BBC Film

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/grand-theft-auto-maker-sues-797450

 

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TV Broadcasters Beat Class-Action Lawsuit Over College Athletics

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tv-broadcasters-beat-class-action-800243

Follow Up: Universal Tells ‘Blurred Lines’ Judge Not to Violate Its Seventh Amendment Right

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/universal-tells-blurred-lines-judge-799459

Abbott & Costello Heirs Sue Over Lifting of “Who’s on First” Routine

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/abbott-costello-heirs-sue-lifting-800324

Inglewood tries to silence a critic with a copyright lawsuit

http://adamsteinbaugh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/City_of_Inglewood_Opposition_First_Amendment_Superheros.pdf

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-inglewood-copyright-lawsuit-20150602-story.html

Vice v. Virtue: Best Trademark Lawsuit Ever?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/vice-v-virtue-best-trademark-799882

Hollywood’s content geo-blocking draws attention of antitrust regulators

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/06/report-eu-flexes-antitrust-muscles-to-tackle-hollywoods-territorial-licensing/

http://europeansting.com/2015/06/10/changing-the-eu-copyright-law-wont-bring-us-much-closer-to-digital-single-market/

http://www.politico.eu/newsletter/morning-tech-europe/politico-pros-morning-tech-google-charges-geo-blocking-probe-spectrum-galore/(followup)

In Piracy Fight, Google Dealt Huge Defeat in Canadian Appeals Court

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/piracy-fight-google-dealt-huge-802104 .

‘Right to be Forgotten’ Should Include all Google Domains, France Rules

http://www.cnet.com/news/right-to-be-forgotten-should-include-all-google-domains-france-orders/

How Hillary Clinton is Soundtracking Her 2016 Presidential Campaign, and Donald Trump’s campaign song objected to by Neil Young

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/record-labels/6597843/how-hillary-clinton-is-soundtracking-her-2016-presidential

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/dont-bet-neil-young-beating-803166

http://www.ascap.com/~/media/files/pdf/advocacy-legislation/political_campaign.pdf

https://www.publicknowledge.org/news-blog/blogs/campaigns-copyrights-and-compositions-a-politicians-guide-to-music-on-the-campaign-trail (ASCAP informational brochure)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1398545-donald-trump-and-neil-young-what-that-song-communicates/ (Meaning, musical and lyrical theory of “Rocking in the Free World”

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/trump-goes-a-rockin-neil-young-comes-a-33848/

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-long-history-of-musicians-telling-republicans-to-stop-playing-their-music/ (Background on political candidates being asked to not use song)

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