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Rand Paul’s Video Removed From YouTube For Copyright Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on April 10, 2015

voteSan Diego – Rand Paul recently announced his candidacy for the 2016 Presidential Campaign. In doing so he followed in the footsteps of many other White House-hopefuls by using media outlets such as YouTube to draw attention to his campaign. Read the rest »

Seth McFarlane Sued Over Alleged “Ted” Copyright Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on March 26, 2015

Teddy bearLos Angeles – Seth McFarlane is known for his crude humor and most notably as the creator of Family Guy. In 2012, McFarlane took his unfiltered creativity to the big screen with the movie premiere of “Ted.” The movie portrayed a vulgar teddy bear (“Ted”) and his life and relationships in the human world. Ted is not your typical teddy bear as he enjoys the wilder side of life by drinking, smoking, and partying. Since its release, “Ted” the movie has become a worldwide blockbuster netting around $550 million. Read the rest »

Copyright Infringement Costs Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams $7 Million

By Joseph Mandour on March 12, 2015

music-sheetLos Angeles – Robin Thicke’s biggest hit song to date has now cost him and co-writer Pharrell Williams over $7 million. The children of 70’s musician Marvin Gaye noticed similarities between their father’s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up” and Thicke’s 2013 release of “Blurred Lines.” Read the rest »

Who Owns The Copyright To Left Shark?

By Joseph Mandour on February 13, 2015

sharkSan Diego – Katy Perry’s half-time routine at the Super Bowl has continued to be in the spotlight weeks after the show aired. Her performance and vocals are not the sole cause. Instead it is her fascinating backup dancers. Read the rest »

Fox Claims that Dish Network’s Ad Skipping is Copyright Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on January 31, 2015

satellite-dishLos Angeles – Prime features of any cable DVR is the ability to pause live television and fast forward through commercials. In addition to this, several DVR makers are offering their customers the ability to automatically skip over commercials. Read the rest »

Sony’s Movie The Interview May Also Be a Copyright Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on January 8, 2015

sonyLos Angeles – Sony Corporation’s movie release of “The Interview” has not exactly enjoyed smooth sailing. The movie’s Christmas Day debut was shown in only 300 theaters nation-wide after terrorist threats and a system cyber-hack emerged regarding the controversial plot. Read the rest »

Judge Rules “Blurred Lines” Bears Copyright Similarities to Marvin Gaye’s Song

By Joseph Mandour on November 13, 2014

concert-2Los Angeles – Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost the first round of their court battle over copyright infringement with Marvin Gaye’s family. Judge John Kronstadt denied Thicke’s and Williams’s motion for summary judgment ruling that there are similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and that those similarities are enough for the case to be sent to trial. Read the rest »

Judge Rules Grooveshark Employees Committed Copyright Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on October 2, 2014

GroovesharkLos Angeles – A federal judge in New York ruled that Grooveshark, a free online music service that has been a nemesis to major record companies, has in fact infringed copyrights. Grooveshark has been the target of the recording industry’s attacks for hosting music files without permission. The Florida-based Grooveshark, owned by Escape Media Group, makes millions of songs available to listeners for streaming. Read the rest »

Monkey Business: Who Owns the Copyright to a Selfie Taken by a Monkey?

By Joseph Mandour on August 14, 2014

monkeyLos Angeles – The general rule is that the person taking a picture owns the copyright to it. So, if a monkey takes a picture, who owns it? This is the hot debate that is brewing between British photographer David Slater and the folks at Wikimedia. According to the website, the famous 2011 image captured by a cheeky black macaque using Slater’s unattended equipment should be freely distributed. Those at Wikimedia claim that the animal’s self-portrait is not bound by copyright law. The photo was the product of Slater’s 2011 wildlife trip to Indonesia when a group of monkeys had taken over his camera for a bit during the three days he had spent with them. Read the rest »

49ers Quarterback Obtained Copyright Waivers for Video Games

By Joseph Mandour on July 31, 2014

tattooSan Diego – The bicep tattoos on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be featured on his digital incarnation in the next “Madden” video game. The Biblical verses and religious references tattooed on the arms of Kaepernick’s virtual self will be featured on screen shots from the Electronic Arts game scheduled for an August 26th release. Read the rest »