Copyrights

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

Oct 31, 2011

The trust of iconic science fiction writer Philip K. Dick recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of the motion picture "The Adjustment Bureau," based on the Dick story "The Adjustment Team." The suit alleges the film's distributor, producer and writer/director are attempting to avoid paying royalties by erroneously asserting the copyright on "The Adjustment Team" has run out.

According to the legal complaint, George Nolfi and Michael Hackett approached the Philip K.

Oct 27, 2011

Rogue websites and illegal streaming are among the digital rights issues the U.S. Copyright Office will address in the next two years, according to the organization's recently released "Priorities and Special Projects" report.

The report identified "rogue websites," or those offering users pirated versions of copyrighted books, movies and music, as a substantial and growing threat to rights holders. The Copyright Office pledged it will continue to work with Congress to find ways to identify and shut down these websites.

Oct 26, 2011

Screenwriter Marcus Webb recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Sylvester Stallone, alleging the 2011 Stallone vehicle "The Expendables" was based on a short story and screenplay Webb registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2006.

According to Webb's suit, both his script, "The Cordoba Caper," and "The Expendables" are about a mercenary group attempting to bring down an evil Latin American dictator named General Garza, Reuters reported.

Oct 25, 2011

Two members of a 1980s Chicago-based band called Kid Rocker recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the band Poison, alleging the hair metal hitmakers stole Kid Rocker material to create such well-known songs as "Talk Dirty to Me" and "Fallen Angel."

Plaintiffs Billy McCarthy and James Stonich contend that guitarist C.C. DeVille was familiar with Kid Rocker's music because he auditioned for the band prior to joining Poison.

Oct 18, 2011

On October 18, a federal appeals court in New York City began hearing oral arguments in a long-running copyright infringement case between media giant Viacom and internet file-sharing site YouTube.

Viacom originally filed the lawsuit in 2007, alleging that YouTube users routinely posted videos of Viacom's copyrighted works, such as "The Daily Show with John Stewart." Viacom sought $1 billion in damages.