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The hotly disputed legal issue between the majority and dissent in the recent, highly-publicized “Blurred Lines” decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Williams v. Gaye, 15-56880, concerned whether Marvin Gaye’s 1976 hit song “Got to Give it Up” was entitled to “broad” or “thin” copyright protection. The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision over a vigorous dissent, upheld the jury’s determination that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s worldwide No. 1 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines” infringed Gaye’s work. Williams and Thicke are asking the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case en banc.
By Marc Jacobson
Film remains a director’s medium, considering that the director will always give shape and vision to the writer’s words.
By Samuel Cullari and Alexis Cocco
The CCPA is the first of its kind, generally applicable data protection law in the United States. What makes the CCPA unique is not only its applicability to companies like those in the entertainment and media industries, but also the rights it provides to consumers regarding their personal information (PI).
By Edward Weisz and Alanna Miller
In this article, we explain how copyright, trademark and patent infringement issues unfold on Amazon by describing the process for rights holders to report infringement, and the impact of successful infringement take-down requests.
By Simon Taylor
The European Commission has charged Valve Corp., the owner of Steam video-game distribution platform, and five video-game publishers with breaking European Union (EU) competition rules through their use of geoblocking, which restricts access to digital content on a territorial basis.