NETFLIX SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT OVER TIGER KING
San Diego – Apparently, Carole Baskin isn’t the only one with a grudge against Netflix’s hit Tiger King series.
In a copyright lawsuit filed September 14, 2020, Timothy Sepi, the sole owner of Whyte Monkee Productions, is alleging that the Netflix documentary series, Tiger King, features clips shot and owned by Sepi. These clips, he claims, were shown without giving him proper credit or monetary compensation for his work.
Tiger King premiered on Netflix in March of 2020, and quickly became a viral sensation. The documentary focuses on the life of Joe Exotic, a zookeeper and convicted felon, whose breeding of tigers in the Read the rest
STAR TREK AND DR. SEUSS MASHUP RULED COPYRIGHT FAIR USE
Orange County – A book titled Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!, a mashup of Star Trek and Dr. Seuss, created a copyright legal dispute which recently came to a conclusion. Dr. Seuss Enterprises filed a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit but has now lost on summary judgment.
ComicMix, the creator of the book, prevailed on trademark claims related to the book a year ago. At that time, U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino concluded that the book wasn’t explicitly misleading about any connection to the company that owns Dr. Seuss rights.
Now on summary judgment for copyright claims the judge decided that Oh, the Places Read the rest
U.S. SUPREME COURT REQUIRES COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION TO FILE LAWSUIT
Los Angeles – The U.S. Supreme Court recently made an important copyright decision in the case Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com. In the decision, the Supreme court made a unanimous decision that a copyright registration from the U.S. Copyright Office is now required before filing a copyright infringement lawsuit.
There has been a long time circuit court split on the issue. While some circuit courts required only that a copyright application be filed prior to filing a copyright lawsuit, others required a registration. The process from the filing of a copyright application to the registration of Read the rest
#PETA FILES APPEAL IN #MONKEY #SELFIE CASE
Los 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 Read the rest
PETA SUES TO GIVE MONKEY COPYRIGHT TO HIS SELFIE
San 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.
The ph Read the rest
SAMSUNG CREATES A NEW FUNCTION TO COMPETE WITH APPLE’S PINCH-TO-ZOOM PATENT
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 Read the rest
SONY RELEASES BOB DYLAN COLLECTION TO PRESERVE COPYRIGHT
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. Read the rest
LOS ANGELES JUDGE RULES YOGA POSES CANNOT BE COPYRIGHTED
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 Read the rest
COPYRIGHT OFFICE SEEKS INPUT ON VISUAL ART RESALE ROYALTY BILL
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 Read the rest