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Tag Archives: Florida Copyright Dispute Lawyers

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Paul McCartney Files Proactive Copyright Claim Against Sony/ATV

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from Rolling Stone, Beatles singer Paul McCartney has filed a federal copyright lawsuit against Sony/ATV in order to proactively confirm his ownership of several Beatles songs, including ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Yesterday’. McCartney believes that the ownership of theses tracks should revert back to him in the fall of 2018. Sony’s path… Read More »

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Copyright Litigation: Attorneys’ Fees

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a very important decision regarding attorneys’ fees and copyright litigation. The decision was issued in the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, a copyright dispute that has been ongoing for several years. This decision clarifies the fee-shifting standard included in the… Read More »

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When Exactly Is a Copyright Registered?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A recent court case from California is highlighting a nationwide split in the way that courts deal with the issue of copyright registration. Copyright is an interesting area of the law because there is no need to file a registration to gain a copyright. A copyright arises in a work as soon as it… Read More »

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Instagram, Food Porn, and Copyright Law

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A German court has recently decided that taking photographs of your meal, a practice often referred to as food porn, may run afoul of a chef’s copyright in the food’s artistic arrangement. While that decision does not have a lot of practical impact on people stateside, looking at a similar situation under American copyright… Read More »

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Justin Bieber and Copyright Law

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A recent federal court decision demonstrates that even musical superstars are not beyond the reach of federal copyright law. A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit against Justin Bieber and Usher for allegedly copying a song Bieber released in 2010 “Somebody to Love.” Importantly, this decision does not mean that Bieber and Usher were… Read More »

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The Pros and Cons of Collaboration: Understanding Joint Copyrights

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The modern world is becoming more and more collaborative across the board. Whether it’s a team of independent artists working together to produce a movie or a team of software developers working on a new app, creative endeavors are bringing groups of people together to work on the same project. Naturally, this has important… Read More »

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Federal Court Snuffs out Controversial Copyright Decision and Makes Life Harder for Independent Actors

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A recent decision by a federal court in California has important implications for actors looking to protect their interest or reputations based on movies they starred in. The case, Garcia v. Google, was being closely watched by the intellectual property community because the federal court involved had approved a novel theory of copyright protection;… Read More »

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Automakers Employing Copyright Law Against Hobbyists

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As software finds its way into more and more pieces of previously analog equipment, it expands the reach of copyright law. This has led to new groups being forced to navigate the complex American intellectual property system. One such group includes car hobbyists, who are now being forced to deal with car manufacturer copyrights… Read More »

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