“Blurred Lines” Appeal Brief Says Artists Can’t Copyright a Groove
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“Blurred Lines” Appeal Brief Says Artists Can’t Copyright a Groove

[By: Ashley Cullins] “A ‘groove’ or ‘feeling’ cannot be copyrighted, and inspiration is not copying.” Lines have been drawn in the copyright battle between Marvin Gaye’s heirs and artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke — and they certainly aren’t blurred.Since Williams and Thicke appealed their 2015 trial loss, in which a jury found their “Blurred…

NRA files challenge to California gun control legislation
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NRA files challenge to California gun control legislation

[By Rachel Gerber] The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Monday filed the first complaint in a planned series of challenges to new California gun control laws put in place following the San Bernardino attack. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California Southern Division. Some experts doubt that…

Russia man receives longest-ever cybercrime sentence
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Russia man receives longest-ever cybercrime sentence

[By: Steven Wildberger] Roman Seleznev, the son of a member of the Russian Parliament, was sentenced on Friday for hacking into more than 500 US businesses, stealing then selling millions of credit card numbers. Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years, the longest-ever sentence for such a crime, and ordered to pay nearly $170 million in…

Ed Sheeran Settles Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Photograph’
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Ed Sheeran Settles Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Photograph’

[By: Eriq Gardner] Originally seeking at least $20 million in damages, songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard alleged the song derived from their work. Ed Sheeran has come to a deal to end a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit brought by two songwriters over his hit, “Photograph.”On Friday, court papers were filed dismissing the case with…

In big win for Trump, Senate approves his conservative court pick
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In big win for Trump, Senate approves his conservative court pick

[By: By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung] The Republican-led Senate on Friday gave Donald Trump the biggest triumph of his young presidency, confirming his Supreme Court nominee over stout Democratic opposition and restoring a conservative majority on the highest U.S. judicial body. The Senate, which last year refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama’s…