By Melinda Garcia | Published November 25, 2015 | | |
Anyone who lives in California long enough will at some point in their lives hear about the activities of certain activist groups who file lawsuits in the names of those who cannot speak for themselves. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently filed a lawsuit requesting that the U.S. District Court in Read MoreRead More
A copyright lawsuit that claims that the band Led Zeppelin plagiarized the song “Stairway to Heaven” from the band Spirit is changing venues from Philadelphia to California. Despite the plaintiff’s attempt to keep the lawsuit in Pennsylvania, a judge ordered that the case be moved to a federal courthouse in Los Angeles. Facts of the Case Read MoreRead More
Director/producer/writer Joss Whedon and the production company Lionsgate have been sued by a man claiming that they stole the idea for the film, “Cabin in the Woods,” from a novel that he wrote in 2006. Mr. Whedon is known for directing the hugely popular “Avenger’s” movies in addition to creating television products like Buffy the Read MoreRead More
A federal judge in California will rule in the next few weeks whether or not to throw out the decades-oldcopyright for the song, “Happy Birthday to You.” The copyright’s current owner, Warner/Chappel Music, could potentially owe millions of dollars to people and organizations that have licensed the song in recent years if the judge decides Read MoreRead More
Last week, a jury in California ordered musicians Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay $7.4 million total forcopyright damages plus profits attributable to infringement. Both escaped statutory damages as the infringement was found not to be willful. The copyright infringement was for their song “Blurred Lines,” which the court found to be improperly drawn Read MoreRead More
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