Copyrights

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

Sep 1, 2011

A number of videos featuring Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were removed from the pop stars' YouTube channels recently, after a user fraudulently claimed to own the copyrights for the clips.

The user, who went by the screen name iLCreative, filed YouTube's manual complaint form that allows copyright holders to request the removal of infringing material.

Aug 26, 2011

A website that allows users to download YouTube files onto their personal hard drives has voluntarily terminated services on a temporary basis due to a recent copyright infringement lawsuit.

The suit, filed in Japan by a group of major record labels, including EMI, Sony and Universal, alleges the TubeFire site violates copyright law by allowing users to download music and videos from YouTube and transfer the files to personal media devices like mp3 players or cell phones.

A study undertaken by another plaintiff, the Recording Industry of Japan, estimated that users downloaded

Aug 22, 2011

Noted celebrity photographer David Strick recently sued the Los Angeles Times for copyright infringement, alleging the paper illegally published at least 174 of his photos.

The suit states the Times hired Strick in 2007 to provide photographs for a print and web column called "David Strick's Hollywood Backlot," and Strick alleges the Times published photos taken by him, including shots from the movies "Easy A," "Cedar Rapids" and "Battle: Los Angeles," after his con

Aug 12, 2011

A federal court recently ruled against Mattel in a copyright infringement lawsuit, ordering the toymaker to pay a competitor, MGA, $224 million in damages and legal fees. Mattel says it will ask an appeals court to review the award amount.

The copyright case involved Mattel’s iconic doll, Barbie, and Barbie’s upstart rivals, the Bratz dolls created by MGA. Mattel initially sued MGA, alleging that Bratz’s designer, Carter Bryant, was a Mattel employee at the time he developed the Bratz design in 2000.