CASE AGAINST ED SHEERAN WILL WAIT FOR ZEPPELIN DECISION BEFORE GOING TO TRIAL

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

Following up on our July 15, 2018 article entitled “Sheeran/Gaye Lawsuit Headed To Jury Trial”: On July 2, 2019, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, Louis L. Stanton, continued the jury trial scheduled for September 11, 2019, over whether Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” infringes Marvin Gaye’s “Let's Get It On,” in order to find out the Marvin Gaye decision by the Ninth Circuit in a copyright infringement case involving Led Zeppelin. See, our article dated June 29, 2019, entitled “Ninth Circuit To Take A Second Look At Its Ruling Concerning The Case Against Led Zeppelin.”

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIM AGAINST MILEY CYRUS WILL HAVE ITS DAY IN COURT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jul 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Following up on our February 25, 2019, article entitled “Miley Cyrus Will Face Lawsuit Over Copyright Infringement Claims Over ‘We Can’t Stop’”: On June 28, 2019, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Lewis Kaplan, ruled that copyright infringement claims against Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit song “We Can’t Stop” will proceed.

“EMPIRE” COPYRIGHT CASE AGAINST FOX REJECTED BY U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THIRD TIME AFTER THE 9TH CIRCUIT REVERSED A PREVIOUS DECISION FOR DEFENDANT FOX

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jul 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Following up on our August 8, 2018 article entitled “Ninth Circuit Revives Lawsuit Against Fox Regarding ‘Empire’”: On June 14, 2019, U.S. District Judge of the Central District of California, Percy Anderson, again tossed the lawsuit against Fox Television which claimed that plaintiffs’ unproduced “treatment” was the basis of the television show “Empire.” This recent development comes a year after the Ninth Circuit said the plaintiff should be given another chance.

AUTHOR OF TOMMY DEVITO AUTOBIOGRAPHY WANTS NINTH CIRCUIT TO RE-INSTATE JURY VERDICT IN HER FAVOR

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jun 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

On June 11, 2019, author Donna Corbello (“Corbello”) urged the Ninth Circuit to revive a jury verdict finding the creators of the hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” stole material from her husband’s unpublished book. Even though the jury found in her favor and issued her an award in June of 2017, the judge thereafter issued a “judgment as a matter of law” in favor of the defendants on the fair use issue.

PHILADELPHIA ATTORNEY WHO THOUGHT HE WAS “OFF THE RECORD” CANNOT STOP DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS FROM INCLUDING THE FOOTAGE

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jun 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

On June 11, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge, Gerald McHugh, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted documentary filmmakers summary judgment holding that prominent Philadelphia attorney, A. Charles Peruto (“Peruto”), did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when he was caught on tape criticizing city Judge Genece Brinkley.

HOUSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT REQUIRED TO PAY $9 MILLION AFTER LOSING COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT OVER LEARNING MATERIALS

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jun 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

On May 24, 2019, after a seven-day trial, a Texas federal jury ordered the Houston Independent School District (“District”) to pay $9.2 million to an educational publishing company, DynaStudy, Inc. (“DynaStudy”), after finding its employees willfully infringed the company’s rights. The verdict comes just approximately three years to the date since the lawsuit was filed on May 23, 2016.

COURT FINDS USE OF “SUPERBOWL SHUFFLE” IN DOCUMENTARY WAS “FAIR USE”

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jun 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Following up on our December 13, 2018 article entitled “Claim Filed On Behalf of Writers of Song ‘Super Bowl Shuffle’”: On May 30, 2019, U.S. District Judge of the Northern District of Illinois, Virginia M. Kendall, ruled that the owners of the “Super Bowl Shuffle”- a song made famous by the 1985 Chicago Bears (the “song”)- are barred from recovering against documentary filmmakers for including the song in a documentary about the Super Bowl-winning team.

What Can the Right Operating Agreement Do for Your LLC?

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jun 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

When people are starting a limited liability corporation (LLC) in California, most members (owners) of the LLC are often more focused on getting the business off the ground and building a successful customer base than they are with sorting out legal issues. That is a big mistake. An operating ag...

“BONES” CAST ARBITRATION AWARD GETS SHAVED $128 MILLION

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | May 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Following up on our March 4, 2019 article entitled “$174 Million Awarded to “Bones” Cast From Fox”: On May 2, 2019, a Los Angeles County court granted 21st Century Fox Inc.’s (“Fox”) request to shave off $128 million from a $179 million arbitration award granted to “Bones” cast members against Fox.

COPYRIGHT “SMALL CLAIMS COURT” BILL GETS REINTRODUCED

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

On May 1, 2019, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (“Jeffries”), a Democrat from the State of New York, and Representative Doug Collins, a Republican from the State of Georgia, introduced a bill that would make it easier for writers, musicians and artists to sue for copyright infringement by establishing a small claims court for copyright law.

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