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In 1982, jazz organist Jimmy Smith released an album on Elektra/Asylum called Off The Top. The last track on the album was a spoken-word recording titled “Jimmy Smith Rap” (JSR). One of the lyrics proclaimed: “Jazz is the only real music that’s gonna last. All that other bullshit is here today and gone tomorrow. But jazz was, is and always will be.” The album label did not list a composer for JSR, nor was the composition copyright registered with the U.S. Copyright Office or a performing rights organization prior to the album’s release. Jimmy Smith died in 2005.
By Tony Mauro
The justices in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association found the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act infringed on state sovereignty. The decision could transform sports and sports gambling from coast to coast.
By Andrew Denney
Legislature Considers Publicity Law Update
Ruling in a matter of first impression, New York’s high court dismissed suits filed by Lindsay Lohan and the daughter of ex-mobster Sammy “The Bull” Gravano against the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, by disagreeing with the plaintiff's claims that characters in the game were intended to be their look-alikes.
By Stan Soocher
The Supreme Court of Indiana accepted a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit involving the interpretation of the state’s right-of-publicity statute.
By Crystal Genteman and Chris Bussert
Only a small fraction of television news broadcasts are made available online. For a party to monitor and view all news coverage of an event, it would essentially have to watch and record all news broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's exactly what media-monitoring service TVEyes did. Fox News filed suit against TVEyes, claiming copyright infringement of 19 of its hour-long programs and alleging that TVEyes would divert Fox News’s viewership and its ability to license its news clips to third parties.