Copyrights

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

Aug 5, 2011

Chicago musician Rebecca Francescatti has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against pop star Lady Gaga, alleging the track entitled Judas on Gaga’s newest album, Born This Way, is based on Francescatti’s song Juda.

Francescatti’s complaint, quoted at length on the NBC Chicago website, describes how she shared some of her copyrighted music, including the song Juda, with bassist and sound engineer Brian Gaynor during the spring of 2010, when he was also working with Lady Gaga.

Aug 4, 2011

A judge has sided with movie studios in their copyright lawsuit against Zediva, an online movie streaming service.

Zediva provides movies to its customers by connecting DVD players to internet servers that stream the movies to recipients' computers. Because it uses physical DVDs, Zediva believes it is exempt from certain rules governing online distribution of copyrighted films.

Jul 27, 2011

Sherri Hill, an Oklahoma-based designer of prom dresses and evening gowns, recently settled her second copyright infringement lawsuit.

Nox Anabel, a Los Angeles-based wholesaler was sued by Sherri Hill for allegedly violating her intellectual property rights.

"We are pleased with the outcome of the Nox Anabel lawsuit," said Joseph Gioconda, attorney for Sherri Hill.

Jul 21, 2011

September 15 is the newest deadline for parties to come to an agreement in the Google books copyright case that has been going on for six years.

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin expressed frustration that the suit has lasted so long. He said if the parties do not come to a settlement by September he will put them on course to quickly go to trial.

At issue is a project undertaken by Google to digitize about 130 million books and make the contents available online.

Jul 6, 2011

About 100 law professors have signed a letter objecting to legislation that proposes new ways of curtailing online copyright infringement.

Introduced in May 2011 by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the Protect Intellectual Property Act addresses the problem of websites that infringe upon copyrights and trademarks by selling pirated media or counterfeit goods.