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When the music stops: NY Court of Appeals limits meaning of ‘affiliate’
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • March 24 2015

The New York Court of Appeals recently held in Ellington v. EMI Music, Inc. that the term "affiliates" in a copyright renewal agreement referred only


Ninth Circuit holds actor in minor role owns independent copyright in performance embodied in motion picture: Garcia v. Google
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • March 3 2014

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit has issued a remarkable decision in which the majority holds that an individual actor's performance


Dolce & Gabbana in for no easy ride with Peter Fonda
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • July 30 2013

The journey of Easy Rider is set to become less smooth. On July 16, 2013, Peter Fonda, co-star, co-producer, and co-writer of the iconic film, filed


Beastie Boys: (you gotta) fight for your right (to fair use!)
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • December 16 2013

The Beastie Boys don't play games when it comes to copyright infringement. The legendary hip hop band is waging an aggressive legal battle against a


Capitol Records v. Redigi: District Court finds first sale defense does not apply to re-sale of digital music downloads
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • April 19 2013

In Capitol Records, LLC v.ReDigi Inc., a case that has been closely watched in digital music and cloud computing circles, a district court in the


Holy smokes Batman! Court finds Batmobile replicas infringe DC Comics’ copyrights
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • February 13 2013

On February 7, 2013, the US District Court for the Central District of California granted plaintiff DC Comics' motion for summary judgment in part


Alleged software piracy by overseas fashion firms gives rise to unfair competition claims in California
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2013

The California Attorney General recently filed two lawsuits in state court against Chinese and Indian apparel manufacturers, accusing the companies


Keeping tabs: model releases can be a source of trouble for companies
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • March 28 2013

On March 5, 2013, Bassil A. Hamideh (Hamideh), a model-turned-attorney, filed a lawsuit against Dolce & Gabbana S.r.L. (D&G) for the unauthorized


Failure to act in universal furniture case results in store owner facing personal liability for copyright infringement
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • September 4 2013

The Fourth Circuit recently held that the co-owner of a furniture store is personally liable for various copyright infringement claims committed by


Owners of alleged copyright pirate Megaupload dealt a blow by New Zealand appeals court in ongoing extradition battle
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • New Zealand, USA
  • March 4 2013

A New Zealand court of appeals has handed the US Government a major victory in its ongoing battle to extradite the owners of the foreign corporation