Ed Sheeran Wins Again; $1.1 Million in Copyright Trial Costs

A judge in the U.S. has given Ed Sheeran his second copyright trial victory, awarding him with more than $1.1 million in costs. This amount covers 90 percent of his copyright lawsuit legal bill. Judge Antony Zacaroli explained in his judgment that it was his task to determine the winners and losers in the case. …

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What are NFTs? Explaining the NFT and Blockchain Explosion

NFT stands for non-fungible token, which means that it is unique and cannot be replaced with something else. Currently, there’s an explosion of buyers and sellers in the NFT marketplace, but most people don’t understand what it is. What is an Example of a Non-Fungible Token (NFT)? Bitcoin, which also uses blockchain technology, is fungible, …

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Authors’ Heirs Sue Paramount, Challenge ‘Top Gun’ Copyright

The original story that started the blockbuster ‘Top Gun’ franchise came from a 1983 article in California magazine. The author’s heirs are suing Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement. They claim that the studio is pulling in tremendous profits from their “Top Gun: Maverick” sequel, even though the copyright to the story has expired. Ehud Yonay, …

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Nike Files Suit Against Michigan Sellers for Fake Sneakers, NFTs

Nike is stepping up its legal fight with StockX, an online streetwear and sneaker resale marketplace. Earlier this month, Nike alleged that the Michigan-based reseller sold counterfeit sneakers. Back in February, the company filed another lawsuit, claiming that StockX is engaging in trademark infringement by using Nike’s trademark to sell digital versions (non-fungible tokens or …

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Ed Sheeran Victorious in ‘Shape of You’ Copyright Case

Ed Sheeran, a multiple Grammy Award-winning songwriter, had another win–a UK copyright fight over his 2017 hit song, “Shape of You.” He went on to complain about what he said was a culture of frivolous lawsuits designed to extract money from artists who wish to avoid an expensive trial. At issue: a claim that he …

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Nike Sues Counterfeit Retailers, Blames eBay and Amazon

On Monday, Nike filed a lawsuit against counterfeit sneaker sellers and the e-commerce stores where they hawk their wares. The sneaker company says that online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon aren’t doing enough to address the influx of counterfeit products on their platforms. In the complaint, filed in the U.S. district court of northern Illinois, …

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Universal Music and Twitch Reach Streaming Peace Accord

Variety reports that Amazon and Universal Music Group (UMG) have revised their agreements and will now let Amazon Music users stream more of the label’s songs, while reducing punishments for those who use unauthorized UMG music on the video gaming live-streaming platform Twitch. Twitch has had a long-standing fight with the music industry. UMG and …

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Queer Eye Designer Sues Lego for Copyright Infringement

A toy figurine is causing some legal trouble for Danish toy maker Lego. The company released their “Queer Eye” collectible toy set last year, which depicts the Atlanta loft that was featured in Netflix’s hit TV show. However, in doing so, they have run afoul of James Concannon, a fashion designer who frequently designs clothes …

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