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Bourne Co. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., et al
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • March 25 2009

In 2007, Bourne Co., the sole owner of the copyright in the well-known song When You Wish Upon a Star, brought a copyright infringement action against defendants including Twentieth Century Fox, the Cartoon Network, and Seth MacFarlane, creator of the popular television show Family Guy


Browne v. McCain, et al.
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • March 4 2009

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne brought claims for copyright infringement, vicarious copyright infringement and false association or endorsement under the Lanham Act against Senator John McCain, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Ohio Republican Party (ORP) for the alleged improper use of Browne’ song Running on Empty in a McCain presidential campaign commercial


Briarpatch Limited LP, et al. v. Phoenix Pictures, Inc., et al.
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • March 11 2009

The Second Circuit held that plaintiffs’ declaratory judgment and copyright infringement claims against Phoenix Pictures and Mike Medavoy failed because plaintiffs did not hold legal title to copyrights in the screenplay The Thin Red Line


Montz v. Pilgrim Films & Television, Inc.
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • June 9 2010

Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of plaintiffs’ state law claims for breach of implied contract and breach of confidence on grounds that such claims are preempted by the Copyright Act


Ladd v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • June 2 2010

The California Court of Appeal holds that Warner Bros breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing owed to plaintiff, Alan Ladd Jr, a profit participant in several movies, when it allocated the same share of licensing fees to every movie in packages of films regardless of each movie's value


Summit Entertainment, LLC v. Beckett Media, LLC
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • January 27 2010

Court grants plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction in copyright and trademark infringement action against publisher of a Twilight fanzine that used plaintiff’s Twilight trademark as well as images from the Twilight films and promotional images that were taken from plaintiff’s publicity website


Dish Networks LLC et al v Ward
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • January 20 2010

Court grants plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment relating to DMCA and Communications Act claims for distributing software that allows unlawful free access to plaintiffs’ satellite service, holding that satellite television piracy software distributed by defendant is both a “device” and “equipment” within the meaning of 605(e)(4) of the Communications Act


Cabell v. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • June 2 2010

Court grants defendants' motion for summary judgment in copyright infringement action alleging that the character and storyline of defendants' motion picture You Don't Mess With the Zohan are substantially similar to plaintiff's works about a gay ex-Navy Seal who becomes a hairdresser


Henley v. Devore
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • June 24 2010

Court grants summary judgment on copyright infringement claims by plaintiffs, holders of copyrights in the songs “The Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” which were the basis for songs used by defendants without authorization in political campaign ads; court grants summary judgment for defendants on plaintiff’s Lanham Act claims


Benay v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • June 16 2010

Ninth Circuit affirms summary judgment for creators of film The Last Samurai on copyright infringement claim but reverses and remands claim for breach of implied-in-fact contract