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#PETA Files Appeal in #Monkey #Selfie Case

By Joseph Mandour on August 4, 2016

monkeyLos Angeles – The legal saga over a monkey selfie continues. After a judge ruled against PETA (“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”) in its copyright case, the animal rights group has recently filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read the rest »

PETA Sues to Give Monkey Copyright to his Selfie

By Joseph Mandour on September 30, 2015

monkeySan Diego – A monkey named Naruto is the plaintiff in a copyright lawsuit centering on selfies he took in 2011. The not-for-profit organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA), filed the lawsuit on behalf of Naruto and the other Macaques living in a reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Read the rest »

Samsung Creates a New Function to Compete With Apple’s Pinch-to-Zoom Patent

By Joseph Mandour on March 14, 2014

touching screen on tablet-pc Los Angeles – A recent patent filed by Samsung looks to get around Apple’s patented pinch-to-zoom technology, which has been a source of major contention between the two tech powerhouses for years.  The issue goes back to before Apple was famously awarded $1 billion in patent infringement damages in 2012.  Though that award was eventually reduced to hundreds of millions, one of the major hot buttons in the litigation surrounded the pinch-to-zoom technology.  The presiding judge found that Samsung had infringed Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent, dubbed the ‘ 915 patent, in over 20 of its devices.
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Sony Releases Bob Dylan Collection to Preserve Copyright

By Joseph Mandour on January 9, 2013

sony Los Angeles – Sony Music released a compilation of previously unreleased Bob Dylan recordings in a handful of record stores across Europe shortly after Christmas in order to take advantage of a change in the European copyright law. Read the rest »

Los Angeles Judge Rules Yoga Poses Cannot be Copyrighted

By Joseph Mandour on December 18, 2012

yoga Los Angeles – A Los Angeles judge dismissed copyright infringement claims against a chain of yoga studios that teaches classes based on Bikram Choudhury’s hot yoga system without obtaining his consent. Read the rest »

Copyright Office Seeks Input on Visual Art Resale Royalty Bill

By Joseph Mandour on September 21, 2012

paint-palette Los Angeles – The U.S. Copyright Office said Wednesday it is kicking off an inquiry at Congress’s request into how current copyright law affects and supports visual artists, and how a federal resale royalty right for visual artists could affect the art marketplace. Read the rest »