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Internet Service Providers Implement a Copyright Alert System to Curb Online Copyright Infringement

Several U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs) have recently joined forces with the film, music and television industries to develop a “Copyright Alert System” to safeguard ISPs from online copyright infringement by their subscribers.  Notable ISPs involved are AT&T, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.  These ISPs will implement the Copyright Alert [...]

Mike Tyson’s Tattoo Artist Sues Warner Brothers Entertainment for Copyright Infringement over the Movie “The Hangover: Part II”

The tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill, who gave Mike Tyson a facial tattoo, is suing Warner Brothers Entertainment for copyright infringement over its use of similar-looking facial art on Ed Helms’ character in the movie “The Hangover: Part II.” Mr. Whitmill filed suit in Missouri federal court in April 2011. Mr. Whitmill asked for an [...]

Browne v. McCain

During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Ohio Republican Party created a web advertisement about gas conservation that used a portion of the Jackson Browne song “Running On Empty.” In response, on August 14, 2008, Browne sued John McCain, the Republican Party, and the Ohio Republican Party for copyright infringement. On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, a [...]

Michael Jackson’s Music Remembered and his Publishing Rights of Beatles’ Songs

Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, but the music legacy he left behind will last forever.  Michael was a song writer, performer and actor, and was also the owner of publishing rights to the majority of the Beatles’ songs. The Beatles’ songs have federal copyright registrations.  Copyrights are rights granted to the creator [...]

Sotomayor and Intellectual Property

On May 26, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Judge Sotomayor has a legal resume that demonstrates significant experience with intellectual property law. In 1984, Judge Sotomayor joined the law firm Pavia & Harcout in New York City.  While working as a litigator for the firm, Judge [...]

Sarah “Barracuda” Palin Faces Copyright Problems

Much to the chagrin of singer-songwriters Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of rock band Heart, their 1977 hit song “Barracuda” blasted through the convention hall at the Republican National Convention (RNC) for a second time two weeks ago following John McCain’s acceptance speech. The Wilsons had warned the McCain-Palin Campaign earlier that week to stop [...]

Mr. Bill Capitalizes on IP Licensing

In 1974, Walter Williams created the clay character “Mr. Bill” in his living room and sent a short film to NBC’s new show of the time, Saturday Night Live (SNL). Shortly thereafter, Williams was hired as a full-time writer for the show, writing over twenty skits featuring “Mr. Bill” getting abused, battered, and/or dismembered by [...]

Fall Out Boy’s Copyright Mishap

Chicago punk band Fall Out Boy has seen its popularity surge over the last couple of years following the successful releases of its last two albums. In support of the band’s latest release, Infinity on High, Fall Out Boy embarked on its nationwide “Young Wild Things” tour. Unbeknownst to the band, the tour’s artwork, inspired [...]

EMI to Remove DRM from Online Songs

In a move that could shape the future of online music sales, record company EMI announced on April 2 a deal with Apple that affords Apple the right to sell most of EMI’s song catalog via Apple’s iTunes store. What makes this deal unique is the fact that the songs offered for sale will have [...]

Tribute Bands, Their Impact on Copyright and Trademark Infringement, and the Fair Use Defense

On November 22, 2006, the band Australian Pink Floyd played a show at Allstate Arena in front of over 10,000 people, and for a ticket price of $49.50. The band proclaims itself as “the World’s No. 1 Pink Floyd Tribute band,” they play only Pink Floyd songs, and they use similar lights and special effects [...]