NIKE JUMPMAN LOGO TO SET PRECEDENT FOR COPYRIGHTS TO PHOTOGRAPH

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 2, 2019, a 25-page amicus brief was filed by the American Society of Media Photographers and the National Press Photographers Association explaining why a photograph should share the same protections as novels or songs, fighting a split Ninth Circuit ruling upholding a decision that found Nike was permitted to copy an image for its logo.

L.A. CITY ATTORNEY FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST WEATHER APP

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 3, 2019, the office of L.A. City Attorney Michael Feuer filed a lawsuit alleging a weather channel app has been secretly collecting, sharing and monetizing its users’ private information claiming their information is only being used for “personalized local weather data, alerts and forecasts.”

SHEERAN/GAYE LAWSUIT HEADED TO JURY TRIAL

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 3, 2019, New York District Judge Louis D. Stanton refused to grant a motion for summary judgment on the issue of whether Ed Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” infringed upon Marvin Gaye’s song “Let’s Get It On.” The case will be heard by a jury.

BUZZFEED BEATS DEFAMATION SUIT OVER TRUMP DOSSIER

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

On December 19, 2018, U.S. District Florida Judge Ursula Ungaro ended Russian tech executive Aleksej Gubarev’s defamation suit against BuzzFeed, ruling the website’s publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Trump is protected by the fair reporting privilege.

“CARLTON DANCE” ALLEGEDLY STOLEN BY VIDEO GAME MAKERS

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

On December 17, 2018, Alfonso Ribeiro, widely known as Carlton Banks from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” filed a lawsuit in California federal court claiming video game makers, Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive, stole his choreography without permission, noting similarities between the famous “Carlton Dance” he created and moves performed by characters in two well-known video games, “Fortnite” and “NBA 2K16.”

RANDOM HOUSE DISMISSED FROM “THE GIRLS” LAWSUIT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Dec 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

On November 19, 2018, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick in the Northern District of California dismissed Random House in a suit that claimed the author of the bestselling novel “The Girls” copied it from her ex-boyfriend’s screenplay, “All Sea,” using secretly installed spyware on this computer.

SESSION MUSICIAN SUIT CONTINUES AGAINST SAG-AFTRA

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Nov 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

On November 6, 2018, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder dismissed without prejudice claims filed by a class of session musicians based upon defendants’ breach of their duty of impartiality, but denied the motion to dismiss claims based upon breaches of loyalty, reasonableness and good faith.

DE HAVILLAND APPEALS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Oct 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Olivia de Havilland is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to revive her lawsuit against FX docudrama “Feud: Bette and Joan” (see, Lowe & Associates’ April 18, 2018 article “California Appeals Court Shuts Down de Havilland Case) after the California Supreme Court refused to hear her case.

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