Appeals Court Rules ‘NBA 2K’ Players Lack Standing to Sue Over Face-Scanning
201711.22
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Appeals Court Rules ‘NBA 2K’ Players Lack Standing to Sue Over Face-Scanning

The privacy battle isn’t quite over, but suing gamers experience a setback at the 2nd Circuit. In the past few years thanks to various court decisions, it’s become tougher to mount a class action lawsuit with appellate judges tightening what plaintiffs must show in order to have standing to sue. That’s especially important as digital…

Universal Music Sued Over “Baby Come Back” Royalties
201711.07
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Universal Music Sued Over “Baby Come Back” Royalties

[By: Ashley Cullins] The 1977 song is still actively licensed, according to the complaint, and has recently appeared in everything from ‘The Simpsons’ to Toyota commercials. Universal Music Group and Vivendi are being sued for allegedly underpaying royalties on Player’s 1977 hit “Baby Come Back.” Overrated Productions this year acquired rights to the work from…

Fox Sued for Using Muhammad Ali in Super Bowl Advertisement
201710.15
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Fox Sued for Using Muhammad Ali in Super Bowl Advertisement

[By: Eriq Gardner] A $30 million lawsuit alleges the broadcaster needed permission to feature Ali in a promotional spot. Fox Broadcasting has been hit with a $30 million lawsuit for using Muhammad Ali as the centerpiece in an advertisement right before the start of this year’s Super Bowl.Muhammad Ali Enterprises, which owns intellectual property rights…

Conan O’Brien Headed to Trial Over Claims of Stealing Jokes
201705.15
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Conan O’Brien Headed to Trial Over Claims of Stealing Jokes

[By: Eriq Gardner] Alex Kaseberg overcomes a summary judgment motion and moves forward on jokes about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument. Is the world of comedy about to experience a “Blurred Lines” moment? On Friday, a federal judge ruled that while jokes based on current events are only entitled to “thin” copyright…

“Blurred Lines” Appeal Brief Says Artists Can’t Copyright a Groove
201704.27
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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…

Ed Sheeran Settles Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Photograph’
201704.10
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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…

College Athletes Dealt New Setback in Bid to Be Compensated for Visual Media
201704.06
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College Athletes Dealt New Setback in Bid to Be Compensated for Visual Media

[By: Eric Gardner] A federal appellate circuit rules that a lawsuit alleging misappropriation of athletes’ likenesses is just a “thinly disguised copyright claim.” In a dispute that ostensibly dealt with collegiate athletes suing over their images in photographs, but touches upon broader celebrity exploitation, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday narrowed the circumstances by…

Judge Allows Copyright Lawsuit Against Marvel Over ‘Iron Man 3’ Poster
201703.29
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Judge Allows Copyright Lawsuit Against Marvel Over ‘Iron Man 3’ Poster

[By: Eric Gardner] The body armor, though, is too common in the comic book or superhero genre. On Monday, Marvel Entertainment pierced a lawsuit brought by Horizon Comics Productions, successfully getting a judge to reject copyright claims over Iron Man‘s body armor. However, the entertainment giant will still need to defend the way that Iron Man star Robert…