Copyrights

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

Sep 27, 2011

A jury might decide whether R&B superstar Usher Raymond committed copyright infringement by stealing key elements of Ernest Lee Straughter's 1998 song "Reasons" to create his own 2004 Billboard No. 1 single, "Burn."

In August, Judge Christina Snyder denied passing summary judgment and said the case could move forward.

Sep 27, 2011

The Kilimanjaro Corporation, owner of the copyright to Harlan Ellison's famous science fiction short story "Repent, Harlequin!

Sep 27, 2011

Penske, the parent company of Deadline.com, a movie industry news source, recently sued the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter for copyright infringement, alleging THR routinely steals content posted to Deadline.

According to the lawsuit, THR tracks Deadline "minute-by-minute for the specific purpose of spotting key news stories and original content and reproducing them." The complaint includes 15 pages of examples. For instance, the complaint compares a headline posted to Deadline at 9:31 a.m.

Sep 14, 2011

Last February, the Motion Picture Association of America filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against cyberlocker site Hotfile, alleging that by allowing users to store digital files on the site, it was facilitating illegal distribution of copyrighted material. Hotfile recently filed a countersuit against one of the MPAA plaintiffs, Warner Bros., saying the studio has unlawfully deleted thousands of files from the Hotfile site.

The suit says Hotfile created a tool to allow Warner Bros. to remove files from the Hotfile website that were violating the studio's copyrights.

Sep 13, 2011

The Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors, the Quebec Union of Writers and eight individual writers recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against HathiTrust, an online repository of books created and maintained by research libraries and universities.

The plaintiffs allege the HathiTrust book scans were not authorized by the works' rights holders.