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British Pop Star Ed Sheeran is Facing a $100 Million Dollar Copyright Lawsuit Over Hit Song ‘Thinking Out Loud’

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from Entertainment Tonight (ET), the holding company that owns the rights to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ has filed a $100 million copyright infringement lawsuit against pop star Ed Sheeran. In court documents, the company alleges that Mr. Sheeran copied and exploited key compositional elements of the famous 1970s song…. Read More »

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Copyright Lawsuit Watch: NBA Video Game Maker in Legal Battle Over Player Tattoos

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Take-Two interactive Software produces the NBA2K video games series. The game involves a realistic recreation of the actual pro basketball league, right down to the skills, traits and appearance of the individuals players. In fact, the game design is so intricate that the actual tattoos of the players have been reproduced onto the screen…. Read More »

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Copyright Law: What Are Derivative Works?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A derivative work is one that is based largely off of a pre-existing work. Under the Copyright Act of 1976, copyright holders are entitled to some important legal protection against anyone using their original work for derivative purposes, without their express consent. However, this does not mean that you cannot be inspired to create… Read More »

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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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SiriusXM Settles Class Action Copyright Lawsuit for Nearly $100 Million

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Recently, Rolling Stone reported on major class action copyright lawsuit that was settled by the multi-billion dollar broadcasting conglomerate SiriusXM. To settle the dispute, the company agreed to pay out $99 million to impacted plaintiffs. This lawsuit stems from the fact that the satellite radio company had been playing songs from before 1972 without… 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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Florida Copyright Litigation: Understanding Secondary Liability

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In the event of copyright infringement, affected parties deserve full and fair compensation. However, in some cases, the party that is directly responsible for the infringement can be difficult to hold liable. They may be able to hide their identity or they may even operate in another country. Though, in many cases, the direct… Read More »

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Copyright Law: Works Made for Hire

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Unlike with a patent, an original work does not need to be registered to have copyright protection. Original works have copyright protection from the very second that they are created. In most cases, the creator of the work is the one who owns the associated copyright. However, in cases where the original work was… Read More »

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Supreme Court to Hear Copyright Case

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Copyright cases rarely make it all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. However, the Palm Beach Post reports that the nation’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal in the case of Varsity Brands inc vs Star Athletica. The case, which involves a company’s desire to copyright cheerleading uniforms,… 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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