Author: Anne M. Lum

‘Moral rights’ may hold some sway in Egyptian music, but Jay-Z rules like a pharoah in an appellate win in a long-running infringement case involving rap hit ‘Big Pimpin’

The Egyptians’ and their empire, culture, and world views so enthralled the ancient world that Greek and Roman generals and statesmen dreamed of ascending to the pinnacles of its power as pharaoh. But centuries later, and after more than a decade of litigation, Jay-Z — a royal of American modern urban music  — may simply be relieved he and a host of others no longer will need to “be spendin’ big cheese” to defend a 1999 copyright infringement case over the rap hit Big Pimpin. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rejected the suit against the...

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You know where SpongeBob works as a cook, right? That’s also why an appellate court fried up real eateries’ hopes to be called ‘The Krusty Krab’

To the imaginary denizens of Bikini Bottom, including cartoon legend SpongeBob SquarePants, the Krusty Krab has earned a delectable reputation for the secret-recipe burgers and other fast food it slings. Who knew that the fictional eatery  — like the Daily Planet, General Lee, and Conan the Barbarian — also has real world legal protections as a product and for its name ? That’s what a federal appellate court has found. The panel held that a real company could be in some deep water for infringing on the Krusty Krab name for its real world restaurants serving Cajun seafood, purportedly with a...

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Seeing mostly negatives, appellate judges nix ‘next friend’ advocacy to advance infringement claim aimed at protecting a great ape’s selfies

Although three federal judges have sought to quash some copyright monkeyshines, a fourth and ranking jurist has found their legal logic in doing so to be bananas and unappealing. At least for now, however, the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit appears to have settled the issue of whether non-human primates possess statutory standing to press infringement suits. In case you haven’t gotten into the swing of the infamous monkey selfie case, in 2011, Naruto, a seven-year-old crested macaque, took an interest in an unattended camera parked in the wilderness. The great ape, who calls Sulawesi, Indonesia,...

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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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