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U.S. Supports Photographer in Andy Warhol Copyright Case

The U.S. government has agreed with the Circuit Court of Appeals regarding a high-profile copyright infringement lawsuit between photographer Lynn Goldsmith and the Andy Warhol Foundation. The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing the case, which involves the rights of the renowned photographer to pursue a copyright infringement lawsuit regarding Andy Warhol’s paintings of her …

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Taylor Swift Asks Judge to “Shake Off” Copyright Lawsuit

Taylor Swift is trying to get a judge to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against her for her single, “Shake It Off,” calling it “unprecedented.” The suit was brought by Nathan Butler and Sean Hall, who wrote the song “Playas Gon’ Play” in 2001, for the group 3LW. They used the pop diva in …

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Snoop Dogg Posts Viral Video, Faces Copyright Lawsuit

FreedomNews.TV has accused Snoop Dogg of stealing and posting an “exact copy” of their video which shows a man falling to the ground while trying to scale the JPMorgan Chase Bank’s New York City headquarters. This incident in April was part of an organized demonstration by people who the New York Post described as being …

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Marvel Sues to Retain Copyright for ‘Avengers’ Characters

According to the complaints, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney seeks a ruling that their blockbuster Avengers characters are not eligible for copyright termination, since they were works made for hire. On the other side are the heirs of some of the most notable comic book creators, such as Gene Colan, Steve Ditko and Stan …

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Locast Loses Defense Against Copyright Claims by Networks

Nonprofit over-the-air streaming service Locast has lost its key defense in a copyright infringement suit. A Manhattan federal court has ruled that the company cannot use a Copyright Act defense against the infringement claims brought by U.S. television networks ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled that despite its standing as …

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Google Slammed with $593M fine in News Copyright Brawl

The French Competition Authority, the country’s antitrust watchdog, has fined Alphabet’s Google $593 million after the company failed to comply with orders on how to approach talks with France-based news publishers during their copyright fight. This fine is in response to international pressure on Google, Facebook and other online platforms for a more equitable sharing …

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Google’s Copyright Win – What it Means for Other Industries

In what has been dubbed the “copyright case of the century,” Oracle and Google have been locked in a decade-long copyright battle. Software firm Oracle accused tech giant Google of stealing lines of code from its Java programming language for Google’s Android mobile device operating system. Google argued that computer code could not be copyrighted …

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Far-Reaching New Copyright Laws Set to Pass in Spending Bill

Congressional leaders have revealed their comprehensive spending and COVID-19 relief bill, which includes controversial copyright initiatives that civil liberties advocates worry could punish internet users for ordinary online behavior. Measures found in the $2.3 trillion spending package include the Trademark Modernization Act, the CASE Act, and a felony streaming proposal. All of these expand the …

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Internet Archive Sued for ‘Mass Copyright Infringement’

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internet Archive announced its “National Emergency Library,” which temporarily suspended the waitlists for borrowing e-books and made writers and publishers see red. What started as general outrage has now become a copyright infringement lawsuit. In their lawsuit, four of the nation’s largest publishers have accused The Internet Archive, …

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Eagles’ Don Henley Urges Congress to Tackle Online Piracy

Don Henley, the songwriter of the rock band Eagles, has asked Congress to, in the band’s words, “Take It to the Limit” in ridding the internet of online piracy and protecting artists’ rights. In so doing, he has put himself at the center of a copyright battle that pits the recording industry and Hollywood against …

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