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Copyright case against U2 latest to test boundary of originality and creativity
  • Griffith Hack
  • Australia, USA
  • March 16 2017

British musician Paul Rose is suing Irish super group U2 in the United States alleging the band copied "signature elements" of his song Nae Slappin'


Soft Kitty, Same Kitty: The Big Bang Theory sued for copyright infringement Bazinga
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Australia, USA
  • March 17 2016

Over Christmas, the producers of The Big Bang Theory (amongst others) received a rather unwelcome gift - their now-famous Soft Kitty lullaby has


Haters gonna hate (hate, hate, hate, hate): why are famous singers so often sued for copyright infringement?
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Australia, USA
  • November 23 2015

Taylor Swift was sued by R&B singer Jesse Braham for US$42 million for alleged copyright infringement in the lyrics of her chart toppings song "Shake


One infringement to rule them all: Federal Court finds jewellery infringes copyright in Lord of the Rings
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • September 19 2016

A fictional phrase in a fictional language from Lord of the Rings was protected by copyright, and its unauthorised reproduction infringed that


Ed Sheeran the latest target of copyright lawsuit
  • Baldwins
  • Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, USA
  • June 13 2016

News broke last week that pop star Ed Sheeran is being sued by California songwriter duo Martin Harrington and Tom Leonard. The suit relates to


Bieber Fever running high, “is it too late now to say I’m SORRY?” - allegations of copyright infringement against The Biebs (aka Justin Bieber)
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Australia
  • June 15 2016

Indie artist, Casey Dienel, who goes by the name of "White Hinterland", is suing Justin Bieber and producer, Skrillex (as well as the other


The Green-Mundine Live-Stream Copyright Debate
  • Williams + Hughes
  • Australia
  • February 13 2017

On 3 February 2017, two well-known boxers, Danny Green and Anthony Mundine, had their second and, most likely, final grudge match. Television


No "Blurred Lines" in Marvin Gaye copyright infringement decision
  • Watermark Patent & Trade Marks Attorneys
  • Australia
  • March 12 2015

Last Tuesday a federal jury in Los Angeles agreed that songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams No. 1 song "Blurred Lines" had infringed the


Federal Court considers for the first time copyright in television formats
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • Australia
  • August 11 2015

On Friday, the Federal Court of Australia issued an important decision on the protection of television formats under Australian copyright Law. See


“I am, you are, we are Australian”.
  • MARQUE Lawyers
  • Australia
  • March 23 2015

The 1987 song by Bruce of The Seekers and Dobe of The Bushwackers has entered the list of iconic Australian songs gaining the attention of the courts