Over 600 Oregonians were facing copyright infringement charges for illegally downloading a Steven Seagal movie before a federal judge kicked out the case, according to Oregon Live. The defendants started receiving word of the case in March, at which time they were told that their only option was to each pay a $7,500 settlement. However, Judge Ann
On Monday, we discussed a lawsuit filed by filmmaker Jennifer Nelson that seeks to have a court declare the song “Happy Birthday to You” to be in the public domain. That New York Times story noted that another filmmaker, Steve James, had to pay $5,000 to use the song in the 1994 documentary “Hoop Dreams,”
Los Angeles Business Litigation Lawyer | Santa Barbara Farmers Market Fighting Breach of Contract, Antitrust Lawsuit
On June 20, the Santa Barbara Independent reported that the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association is considering a temporary fee hike for vendors in order to pay lawyer’s fees resulting from a complaint filed by two members and one ex-member. The antitrust lawsuit brought by Jeff and Roxanne Hendrickson of Santa Rita Flower Farm
Los Angeles Copyright Infringement Lawyer | Lawsuit Seeks to Declare ‘Most Performed Song in World’ in Public Domain
g by Apollo 9 astronauts on March 8, 1969? In fact, it was also featured in the world’s first singing telegram, and the New York Times noted in a June 13 story that it is “widely credited for being the most performed song in the world.” However, you might also notice that many restaurants have
Los Angeles Business Litigation Attorney | ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Creator Puts Former Publisher in Crosshairs Over Control of Next Game
Patrice Désilets, designer of the historical action-adventure video game Assassin’s Creed, left Ubisoft in 2010 to work in the Montreal office of North American video game developer THQ. However, when THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2012, Ubisoft was one of several companies that came into purchase some of the developer’s assets in January—one
If your computer is locked and an FBI seal comes across your screen with a demand that you pay hundreds of dollars because of alleged copyright infringement, do not worry. You are not alone. Just be sure not to enter any of your credit card information. The Staten Island Advance reported on June 13 that messages
Three producers filed a $60 million breach of contract lawsuit over the Oxygen cable television channel’s 2011 reality series “Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Denny O’Neil Jr., Jake Hall and Charles Malcolm claim that they registered an idea with the Writers Guild in 2007 for a show called “Wedding Rescue,” in which
Los Angeles Copyright Infringement Attorney | Will Intellectual Property Issues Be ‘Floating in a Most Peculiar Way’?
We have frequently discussed the many concerns that have been voiced regarding the age and limitations of copyright law. As technology continues to evolve, certain groups are pushing for stronger copyright infringement penalties in cases of piracy. In an increasingly global economy, there is also unease about international copyright protection. On May 22, an article published in
Los Angeles Business Litigation Lawyer | Nokia Alleges Nothing ‘Quietly Brilliant’ About HTC’s Alleged Patent Infringement
The patent litigation battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. dominated a majority of the headlines concerning mobile phone technology, but Bloomberg News reported on May 23 that Nokia Oyj is suing rival mobile phone maker HTC Corp. for selling products in the United States that allegedly infringe three of its patents. According
Los Angeles Copyright Infringement Lawyer | Broadcasters, Streaming Services Continue ‘Legal Ping-Pong’
Less than a week after multiple owners of Washington DC television stations—including Fox, NBC, ABC and Albiritton Communications—filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against digital media entrepreneur Alkiviades “Alki” David’s FilmOn.TV video-on-demand website and his Aereokiller service, the entertainment news website Deadline.com reported on May 28 that David said he was pulling the broadcasters from his streaming service.