• Features

    Practical Impact of D.C. Circuit’s Ruling on Foreign Broadcasters and Copyright Liability

    Scott D. Locke and Laura-Michelle Horgan

    Broadcasters around the globe know that Americans want access to digital content and that they often ignore who provides it to them. For business reasons, tax reasons or to try to avoid liability under copyright law, many of these broadcasters intentionally do not set up operations in the United States. However, when these broadcasters transmit content for which they do not have authorization, they may be in violation of the copyright holder’s rights.

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  • Features

    Arbitration Impact on Attorney Fees and Film Company Principal

    Stan Soocher

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a district court’s award of attorney fees to Sony Corp. under §505 of the Copyright Act for winning a ruling that a lawsuit over a Sony Music songwriting contest should be sent to arbitration.

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  • Features

    Commentary: ‘Thin’ vs. ‘Broad’ Protection for Music Works

    Dr. Dariush Adli

    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 concerned whether Marvin Gaye’s 1976 hit song “Got to Give it Up” was entitled to “broad” or “thin” copyright protection.

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  • Features

    Commentary: Smaller Space for Innovation Leads to More Infringement Suits

    Christopher J. Buccafusco

    Pop musicians may be running out of creative space. And this problem is being exacerbated by the behaviors of what we might call the “legacy” interests — parties who own copyright interests in already-created songs but who won’t be making any new music.

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  • Features

    DeLorean Estate’s Lawsuit over Back To the Future Royalties

    Charles Toutant

    Two camps are battling in New Jersey federal court over royalties paid by Universal Pictures for use of the car that became a time machine in the Back to the Future movie trilogy.

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  • Features

    Impact on Accusers of Court-Approved Weinstein Co. Sale

    Tom McParland

    A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling in May approved the $310 million sale of The Weinstein Co.’s television and film assets to Dallas-based Lantern Capital Partners. The development was the latest blow to women who had hoped to recover against the company for abuses suffered at the hands of company co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

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  • Features

    Plot Thickens for Dispute over Star Wars-Related Card Game App

    Ross Todd

    In a lawsuit over rights to a card game with a pivotal role in the Star Wars saga, Lucasfilm Ltd. won an early battle against app maker Ren Ventures Ltd. when a federal district judge in San Francisco declined to dismiss Lucasfilm’s claims based on Ren Ventures’ use of various trademarks, primarily centered on the game Sabacc.

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  • Columns & Departments

    Bit Parts

    Stan Soocher

    Brief Use of Graffiti Art in HBO’s Vinyl Show Found De Minimis
    Chinese Film Company Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in Location Security Company’s Colorado Lawsuit

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