Copyrights

Get the latest news on copyright infringement claims, trials, appeals, and verdicts.

Dec 21, 2011

Victor Willis of the Village People recently attempted to terminate copyright grants on 32 of the popular music group’s songs, including its smash hit, “Y.M.C.A.”

In the lawsuit, the courts will have to decide whether or not copyright protections on a song created by several co-authors or co-writers can be terminated by one of them, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Dec 16, 2011

MGA Entertainment, maker of the popular line of Bratz dolls, recently escaped unscathed from a copyright infringement lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by Bernard Belair, a photographer whose advertisements for Steve Madden, featuring large-headed, small-bodied characters, first appeared in August 1999.

Dec 15, 2011

Washington-based sports equipment company Brooks recently settled a copyright infringement suit against Paul’s Warehouse, an Australian retailer.

Brooks suspected Paul’s was producing counterfeit products in early 2011. Investigating the matter, Brooks found that Paul’s had been importing and selling counterfeit athletic shoes.

Dec 14, 2011

Citing copyright infringement, Universal Music Group, one of America’s “big four” record companies, recently removed a music video from YouTube that had been uploaded by MegaUpload.

MegaUpload, whose downloading and uploading services are free, believes Universal has abused America’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and is now taking legal action against Universal.

The video, which featured several well-known music artists including Lil John, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, is an advertising tool used to promote MegaUpload’s services, with the stars

Dec 9, 2011

Croatian journalist James J. Braddock recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Angelina Jolie, alleging she based a screenplay on his 2007 novel, “The Soul Shattering.”

The film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” will be Jolie’s writing and directorial debut, and is slated for a December 23 release.

Braddock, whose real name is Josip J.