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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.

The history of the case goes like this. In 2011, British nature photographer David Slater left his camera 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.

After years of back Read the rest

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.

Sony has said it planned the release in order to extend the copyright protection of the unreleased recordings.  Previously, Europe only allowed copyright protection for 50 years from creation.  The European Union revised its copyright laws in 2011, extending copyright protection to 70 years.

However, the law mandates that the copyrighted material be published before the 50-year term ends or the 20-year extension is invalid.  As the recordi 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.

According to U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright of the Central District of California, Evolation Yoga LLC could not be held liable for copyright infringement for teaching and practicing Choudhury’s system, which consists of performing a sequence of 26 yoga positions in a room kept at 105 degrees.  Wright said that though Choudhury’s books and videos that describe his system are copyrighted and therefore protected, only things like the text and artwork of the books and v 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.

The office will take comments from the public until Nov. 5 on the means visual artists have to exploit their works under existing law, as well as any issues and obstacles that may be encountered when considering the enactment of a federal resale royalty right in the U.S., the office said in a Federal Register notice.

The inquiry comes in response to a letter sent in May by U.S. Senator Her Read the rest

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