Copyrights

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

Oct 18, 2011

Michael Alan Rubin recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Warner Bros., alleging that the script of the studio's hit comedy, "The Hangover 2," was similar to a screenplay Rubin wrote, based on his own life experiences.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rubin's suit states he and his bride, a Japanese woman named Tamayo, honeymooned in Thailand and India in 2007, where the couple broke up due to a dispute about Rubin's finances, and where he was cast as a leading actor in several Bollywood films.

Oct 13, 2011

Bill Russell, retired star center of the Boston Celtics, is suing the NCAA and Electronic Arts for allegedly using his likeness from his collegiate playing days without permission.

Russell contends Electronic Arts, the second largest U.S. video game maker, used his likeness in an NCAA basketball video game’s “Tournament of Legends” feature.

Oct 12, 2011

A federal judge announced recently he might toss out the antitrust lawsuit that MGA Entertainment filed against Mattel Inc. in the latest battle between the toy makers.

MGA and Mattel have been at war since 2005 over the copyright to MGA’s popular Bratz doll line. U.S. District Judge David O.

Oct 4, 2011

Earlier this year, Voltage Pictures filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in which it named more than 24,500 internet protocol addresses as defendants, alleging that each internet address represented a "Doe" who had illegally downloaded the studio's Oscar-winning film, "The Hurt Locker."

With less than 120 days remaining to serve papers to actual human beings, the studio recently voluntarily dismissed about 90 percent of the defendants.

Voltage asked the court for an extension of 60 days to identify the owners of about 2,300 ISP addresses still named

Sep 30, 2011

The woman known as "Queen Phara" to users of the video download site NinjaVideo.net recently pleaded guilty to copyright infringement and faces possible jail time.

Queen Phara - real name Hana Beshara - was one of the founders of NinjaVideo and was the site's day-to-day administrator, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.