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Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 18 Aug 2013

Robin Thicke, Marvin Gaye, and the blurred line between inspiration and infringement

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines has been a pop-music juggernaut: the year's best selling song in the United States and the UK is entering its 11th week


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 11 Nov 2012

Hulkamania is running wild: let the battle begin (in court)

Terry Bollea, better known by the professional wrestler with the stage name Hulk Hogan (“Hogan”), is involved in an unattractive legal battle that presents an unusual intersection of the First Amendment, copyright law, and privacypublicity issues.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 4 Nov 2012

The use and the fury: Faulkner estate’s new enforcement efforts

In a pair of lawsuits filed about a week ago, Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC (“Faulkner Literary”), the owner of the literary rights to the late William Faulkner’s works, sued Sony Picture Classics (“Sony”), as well as Northrop Grumman Corporation (“Northrop Grumman”) and Washington Post Company (“Washington Post”) in the federal district court for the district of Mississippi.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 18 Sep 2012

Whoa Nelly: Furtado and Timbaland defeat copyright claim as plaintiff fails to show evidence

In what might have otherwise been a legitimate case of copyright infringement, Kernel Recordsthe plaintiff in Kernel Records Oy v. Timothy Mosley et al., had its case tossed out because of an evidentiary failure.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 4 Sep 2012

An expensive lesson: 30 illegal song downloads cost $675,000

In 2005 the parents of Joel Tenenbaum, then a college student, received a notice directing them to call the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to arrange payment of $5,250 for pirated music downloaded to their computer in their home.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 12 Aug 2012

Live to ride

A new case, involving an artist’s accusation that Harley-Davidson Inc. has infringed two copyrights, will now delve into the complex relationship between the affirmative defense of laches and the Copyright Act’s statute of limitations.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 11 Jun 2012

Ninth Circuit to consider the impact of Viacom

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court might re-examine the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”) copyright infringement safe harbor standards.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | China | 14 Sep 2009

Is music piracy walking the plank in China?

Recently, China's Ministry of Culture (MoC) ordered that music sites obtain approval from censors for all foreign music distributed over the Internet.

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