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Guzman v. Hacienda Records and Recording Studio, Inc.
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • September 24 2015

Defendant Hacienda Records and Recording Studio, Inc. prevailed on a copyright infringement claim brought by plaintiff Jose O. Guzman following a

A joint author does not own derived material
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • August 27 2015

Addressing joint and derivative works under the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit found the district court erred in

Summary judgment ruling not a pretty picture for Massachusetts copyright plaintiff
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • August 26 2015

A recent decision from the District of Massachusetts demonstrates the difficulties that can arise when attempting to protect copyrighted works

Court dismisses city’s copyright claim against critic for using council meeting clips in YouTube videos
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • USA
  • August 25 2015

A California city cannot hold one of its citizens liable for copyright infringement for using clips of city council meetings in his critical YouTube

Anish Kapoor sculpture dispute tests the legal utility of terms like plagiarism and appropriation
  • Sullivan & Worcester LLP
  • USA
  • August 21 2015

A sculpture in China that is remarkably similar to Anish Kapoor’s famous Cloud Gate in Chicago is highlighting how the colloquial use of words like

Willful infringement and statutory damages under the Copyright Act
  • Sirote & Permutt PC
  • USA
  • August 20 2015

In this week's Alabama Law Weekly Update, we present a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which considers willful

It’s illegal to sing Happy Birthday?
  • Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP
  • USA
  • August 20 2015

Some years ago, Aaron Sorkin (bar none the greatest television writer of all time) spent a few Minutes of an episode of Sports Night making light of

Restoring the value of art and enforcing creator rightsunapologetically
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • USA
  • August 19 2015

We live in a world where many share the belief that content is "free" and of fast-growing piracy of music and media. Yet, most of us don't know that

So you want music in your video: 5 things to remember so you don't get sued
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • USA
  • August 19 2015

Last month we received a call from a woman who made an unassuming video of her daughter's wedding and added her favorite song as the musical bed. She

Copyright add compromise: Blurred Lines vs. Sam Smith
  • McInnes Wilson Lawyers
  • USA
  • August 18 2015

In March of this year, a Federal jury in Los Angeles ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams had infringed copyright by using elements of