Month: April 2018

Cyber world’s atwitter over fast appellate review set for ‘Server Test’ ruling in suit over embedded photo tied to sports stars Tom Brady, Danny Ainge, and Kevin Durant

Along with major media and online information enterprises, millions who merrily apply a feature of one of the planet’s leading social media platforms fast could find themselves on the wrong side of the law, potentially deemed to be infringers on copyrights of visual creatives  — all due to a post-Valentine surprise by a federal judge in Manhattan. But the controversial protections accorded some online visuals in a Feb. 15 ruling by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest already have sparked such an outrage as a legal outlier that major media organizations more recently have sought and won the court’s permission for speedy...

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Seeking the skinny on copyrights for NBA stars’ phat tattoos, federal judge keeps alive suit that pits ink artist against video game maker

While legions of fans will focus with zeal and dread to see if LeBron James can lead the Cleveland Cavaliers through the NBA playoffs and back to a championship, agents, lawyers, and others representing the basketball superstar   — as well as those who play similar roles for a host of celebrities and athletes — may be fixating, instead, on his super-sized guns, and most specifically the ink on them. That’s because a federal judge in Manhattan has kept alive a lawsuit advancing the idea that tattoos, like the many that King James boasts, can be copyright protected. Modern tech-based...

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Olivia de Havilland’s legal feud with TV show? It’s gone with the wind, after appellate judges in Calif. toss iconic actress’ publicity rights suit

Ah, so it is Tinsel Town true: Even icons of the silver screen can take a contrarian view of a juicy part — and then suffer rejection for it. That’s what has happened to Olivia de Havilland, a Hollywood grande dame. She has lost her running legal feud with FX Networks and Ryan Murphy, as a state appellate court  in California has dismissed her claim that their television show violated her publicity rights with what she asserted was an inaccurate depiction of her. She is a living legend. Her unforgettable portrayal of Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind earned her one...

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Give it up, divided appellate judges tell Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams about hopes to overturn controversial ‘Blurred Lines’ infringement case

There are far fewer blurred lines now for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth District told the talented duo they’ve got to give it up and concede that they infringed on copyrights held by heirs to the soul legend Marvin Gaye. After more than 4.5 years of litigation, the divided appellate panel upheld the lower court ruling that Thicke and Williams were in the wrong with their 2013 international chart-topper Blurred Lines and how it dealt with material from Gaye’s song Got to Give It Up. In 2015, jurors found that...

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