Copyright Law

698 ABA Journal articles on Copyright Law.

A purr-fect ending for Grumpy Cat is a $710K win in court
Star of memes Grumpy Cat has a savvy owner who's leveraged the feline's sourpuss face to produce branded products, score a commercial spot and obtain a “spokescat” deal.
Turtles members lose royalty battle in Florida
Florida law doesn’t protect performers seeking compensation for recordings made before 1972, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Photographer settles suit asserting monkey owned the copyright to his selfie

A photographer who claimed he owned the copyright to a selfie snapped by a monkey has settled a suit brought on the macaque’s behalf by People for the Ethical Treatment…

‘Pepe the Frog’ creator wins copyright lawsuit against author of conservative children’s book

Cartoonist Matt Furie intended his Pepe the Frog character to be “blissfully stoned” and a “peaceful frog-dude.” But that was in 2005.

Today, Pepe is widely known as a meme…

Blogger sues Food Network, claims it copied her how-to video for snow-globe cupcakes

A blogger who created a video showing how to make her original recipe for edible snow-globe cupcakes has filed a lawsuit claiming Food Network violated her copyright when it produced…

Judge allows suit claiming Conan O’Brien and his team stole comedy writer’s jokes

A federal judge in San Diego has refused to dismiss a copyright infringement suit filed by a comedy writer who claims talk-show host Conan O’Brien and his writing team stole…

Federal judge rules Public.Resource.org cannot print annotations to official Georgia state code

A federal judge in Georgia has dealt Public.Resource.org another blow.

In a Tuesday story from the Daily Report, an Atlanta federal district judge ruled that the state of…

Copyright law protects decorative features on cheerleading uniform, SCOTUS rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that copyright law protects decorative features on a cheerleading uniform, resolving what it calls “widespread disagreement” through an analysis of art, function and form…

Prenda Law principal pleads guilty to federal charges in porn copyright case
A defendant in the Prenda Law case, which involved alleged shakedowns of people accused of illegally downloading pornography, pleaded guilty Monday to federal conspiracy charges of money laundering, mail fraud and wire fraud.
Fastcase refiles suit against Casemaker over right to publish Georgia regulations

Fastcase has filed a revised federal lawsuit against its competitor Casemaker over the right to publish Georgia’s administrative rules and regulations after a federal court tossed the earlier suit on…

Fastcase suit booted from federal court because Casemaker lacks copyright on Georgia regulations

An Atlanta federal court dismissed a lawsuit Fastcase brought against its competitor Casemaker, arguing that Casemaker’s parent company, Lawriter, has no copyright on the Georgia state regulations at issue.

Lawriter…

Paul McCartney suit seeks to regain copyright interest in early songs

Paul McCartney is seeking a declaratory judgment that he is entitled to reclaim copyright interest in his early songs under termination provisions of the Copyright Act.

McCartney filed the

New York law does not give copyright protection to older recordings, state top court rules

New York’s top court has ruled that state law does not protect copyright holders of sound recordings made before 1972, the year that federal copyright law began to offer protection.

Lawyers who pursued porn downloaders are indicted for alleged ‘extortionate tactics’

Two lawyers sanctioned by a federal judge for “abusive” copyright litigation against porn downloaders have been indicted for allegedly using sham clients to disguise that they owned the companies…

SiriusXM agrees to pay up to $99M in copyright class action brought by Turtles members

SiriusXM has agreed to pay up to $99 million to settle three class action suits claiming the satellite radio service infringed musicians’ copyrights for music recorded before 1972, when federal…

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