• Features

    Lawyers Win Contingency Fee Fight Against Estate of Blues Icon’s Son

    Stan Soocher

    There have been disputes over rights to the two existing photographs of blues icon Robert Johnson as well as over who was his rightful heir. The latest court decision involves a contingency fee agreement originally entered into by a law firm hired by Johnson’s son, who died in 2015. The case offers an example of what rights counsel may gain from such an arrangement following the death of the signatory client.

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  • Features

    Analysis of Warhol Art Fair Use Ruling

    Robert W. Clarida and Robert J. Bernstein

    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that a series of silkscreen paintings and prints by Andy Warhol based on a photograph of music legend Prince taken by Lynn Goldsmith constituted a transformative fair use.

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  • Features

    9th Circuit Says End Steinbeck Copyright Fight

    Alaina Lancaster

    In a nearly half-century-long legal dispute over the rights to John Steinbeck’s works, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court‘s $5 million compensatory damages award against the author’s daughter-in-law but vacated punitive damages against the heir.

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  • Features

    Book Publishers’ Lawsuit Against Amazon’s Audible

    Dan Clark

    A coalition of publishers has sued Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook company, over a new feature announced last summer that will display the text of a book to listeners while it’s read to them by their device.

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  • Features

    Star Athlete’s Trainer Loses Commission Bid

    Zach Schlein

    A lawsuit alleging a former trainer was entitled to a portion of tennis star Naomi Osaka’s lifetime earnings is out of play, after a Broward County, FL, Circuit Court judge dismissed the case.

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  • Features

    Security Worries for Online Video Game Companies

    Victoria Hudgins

    Fortnite video game developer Epic Games Inc. isn’t just dodging digital adversaries — now it’s been slammed with a class action lawsuit over a data breach.

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  • Columns & Departments

    Bit Parts

    Stan Soocher

    Texas Court of Appeals Won’t Let Former Lawyer for Matthew Knowles Use State’s Anti-SLAPP Statute to Dismiss Knowles’ Cross-Claims in Legal Fees Dispute

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