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Defendants Led Zeppelin and its music labels were the winners in the copyright decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit over the song “Stairway to Heaven.” Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin, 16-56057 (9th Cir. 2020). The estate of songwriter Randy Wolfe (p/k/a California), guitarist for the 1960s rock group Spirit, that claimed the super group copied his work got the short end. But the estate wasn’t the only one.
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By David H. Bernstein and Jared I. Kagan
In the first case in U.S. Supreme Court history argued by telephone, the Court ruled 8-1 in favor of Booking.com, holding that it could register as a trademark its eponymous domain name BOOKING.COM.
By Jason Bloom
The Supreme Court decided two copyright cases this term, both involving states. This article discusses the cases and their likely impact on copyright law going forward.
By Rene Befurt, Marie Warchol and Anthony Nasr
As consumer surveys become increasingly common forms of evidence in matters involving copyright, patent or trademark infringement, so too do Daubert challenges that attempt to disqualify that evidence. However, getting admitted into court is no guarantee of success — you are not over the entire Daubert hurdle just yet. The next step is ensuring that your survey is convincing the fact finders that your survey’s results are dependable and useful.
By Howard Shire and Shaleen Patel
Federal Circuit: Faulty Claim Construction Does Not End Patentability Determination
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