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Reporter Did Not Infringe Copyright, but may have Misused Trade Secrets in NFL Draft Stories

By Joseph Mandour on December 18, 2012

football Los Angeles – A Washington federal judge dismissed National Football Scouting Inc.’s copyright infringement claim against reporter Rob Rang regarding his use of the company’s scouting reports in stories evaluating NFL prospects on Thursday.  However, the judge said a jury will have to decide if the scouting reports are a protected trade secret. Read the rest »

Unlocking Game Systems, Tablets, DVD Rips All Violate DMCA, Copyright Office Says

By Joseph Mandour on October 26, 2012


Los Angeles – The Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibits ripping DVDs onto other devices and modifying tablets and video game consoles for purposes not intended by their makers, but does not bar consumers from copying DVD clips for fair use, the U.S. Copyright Office said Thursday in its latest update to its guidance on the law. Read the rest »

A&E Accused Of Infringing 3D Jesus, Lincoln Image Copyright

By Joseph Mandour on October 22, 2012

lincoln Los Angeles – A&E Television Networks LLC is facing copyright infringement claims from a graphic designer and illustrator who says the company’s History channel made unauthorized use of his copyrighted 3D computer graphic representations of Jesus Christ and Abraham Lincoln. Read the rest »

Buzzfeed Sued Over Copyright To Katy Perry Bikini Photos, Kathy Griffin Topless Shots

By Joseph Mandour on October 19, 2012

no-camera Los Angeles – Mavrix Photo Inc. filed a copyright infringement case in Los Angeles federal court against Buzzfeed Inc. last week alleging the popular news website misappropriated photos for which the agency holds copyrights, including pictures of Katy Perry in a bikini and Kathy Griffin dancing topless outdoors. Read the rest »

DC Comics Wins Superman Creator Heirs’ Copyright Challenge

By Joseph Mandour on October 18, 2012

superman Los Angeles – DC Comics prevailed on Wednesday in its quest to maintain the copyright to the character of Superman over the objections of the heirs of Superman co-creator and original illustrator Joe Shuster, as a Los Angeles federal judge granted it partial summary judgment on the heirs’ claims. Read the rest »

Second Circuit Throws Out Prom Dress Copyright Appeal

By Joseph Mandour on October 16, 2012

dress Los Angeles – The Second Circuit on Monday ruled that Jovani Fashion Ltd. cannot bring copyright infringement claims against its rival Fiesta Fashions over its design for a prom dress just because Fiesta’s dress also features sequins, ruching and tulle, affirming a Manhattan federal court’s decision to toss Jovani’s action. Read the rest »

Myspace Founder Hit With $6.6M Lyric Site Copyright Damage Award

By Joseph Mandour on October 11, 2012

music-headphones Los Angeles – A California federal judge handed down a $6.6 million default judgment Tuesday in three music publishers’ copyright infringement case accusing one of MySpace’s founders of posting lyrics to hundreds of copyrighted songs on his websites without properly licensing them. Read the rest »

Book Scanning Research Group Prevails In Authors Guild Copyright Lawsuit

By Joseph Mandour on October 11, 2012

books Los Angeles – The Authors Guild on Wednesday lost its copyright infringement case against the HathiTrust over its project to scan millions of books in a massive digital preservation effort, as a New York federal judge ruled that the project counts as fair use. Read the rest »

Disney, Viacom, Others Ask For Infringement Ruling In Lime Wire Copyright Case

By Joseph Mandour on October 10, 2012

disney Los Angeles – A group of major movie and television studios asked a Manhattan federal judge on Monday to grant them partial summary judgment against Lime Wire LLC and its founder ahead of trial on their claims that the peer-to-peer file-sharing service facilitated illegal downloads of the studios’ copyrighted material on a grand scale. Read the rest »

Megaupload Loses Bid To Junk U.S. Copyright Criminal Action

By Joseph Mandour on October 9, 2012

download Los Angeles – The online media storage and download service Megaupload Ltd. failed on Friday in its attempts to convince a Virginia federal judge to dismiss the U.S. government’s criminal copyright infringement charges against the company and its notorious founder Kim Dotcom. Read the rest »