copyright infringement

The nephew of an Egyptian composer has no standing to sue Jay-Z and producer Timbaland for copyright infringement for sampling a flute melody in his rap hit “Big Pimpin’,” a federal appeals court has ruled.

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are asking the 9th Circuit to give their “Blurred Lines” appeal another listen, after the court in March upheld a jury verdict that found the artists infringed on Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” The controversial verdict has been a hot-button issue in the music industry, as songwriters, artists […]

“In short, the Appellants were erroneously ‘hustled’ out of court, and now deserve to be heard on the merits.”

By Austin Siegemund-Broka, The Hollywood Reporter They claim the TVpad network streams Chinese programs in addition to content from HBO, BBC and CNN, all unauthorized. Dish is turning East to fight alleged piracy. The satellite broadcaster filed suit Friday claiming copyright infringement by a group of Chinese companies that produces the set-top TV unit TVpad. […]

Here’s the latest on music licensing. By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter Many of the copyright laws governing music were first erected at the time that player pianos became popular and have developed through the advent of radio, new recording devices and, most recently, digital networks.Maria Pallante, director of the Copyright Office, believes the law […]

The American Idol host is accused of illicitly copying a mobile keyboard technology. By Eric Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter In a patent lawsuit, a judge rules that the mobile keyboard company can’t evade his order by shipping products outside of the United States. A California judge has handed down the legal equivalent of “auto correct” […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A care package featuring Eminem songs is “contraband personified,” says the music giant In the past year, record companies have been in court claiming copyright infringement on planes in the sky and in automobiles on the road. Not every target has to be moving. Some are in prisons. On Tuesday, […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A fictional technology featured in The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t infringe a company’s trademark, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on Thursday. In the Warner Bros. film, Anne Hathaway plays Selina Kyle, who agrees to exploit her skills as a cat burglar in return for a software program that will erase […]

By: Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter Sherlock Holmes, meet 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner. In June, Judge Posner decided that much of the Sherlock Holmes canon was in the public domain. He ruled in favor of author Leslie Klinger, arguing that copyright has expired on most Sherlock Holmes story elements since all but ten of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes stories predate 1923. In […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter Douglas Jordan-Benel alleges he submitted his “Settler’s Day” screenplay to United Talent Agency, which represents the credited writer of “The Purge.” The premise of 2013’s The Purge — a box-office smash that grossed nearly $90 million worldwide — is this: In the very near future, the American government has established an […]