Copyrights

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May 3, 2011

The man who reportedly gave Mike Tyson his recognizable facial tattoo is suing Warner Bros. for copyright infringement based on similar facial art on a character in the upcoming sequel to the movie "The Hangover."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, S. Victor Whitmill claims the Tyson tattoo is "one of the most distinctive tattoos in the nation." He is asking for an injunction to stop the sequel from coming out in theaters.

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Apr 25, 2011

In a recent copyright infringement lawsuit, a federal jury ruled that MGA Entertainment was not stealing the idea for Bratz dolls from rival Mattel, Bloomberg reports.

According to the news provider, the federal jury in Santa Ana, California, also awarded damages of $3.4 million to MGA for the theft of trade secrets.

The news source reports that the jury had been asked to decide whether MGA had stolen Mattel's trade secrets in 2000 over the dolls it began selling 2001.

Apr 13, 2011

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has reportedly settled a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist allegedly used one of the group's songs without permission in a campaign advertisement last year.

The Associated Press reports that terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Crist recorded an apology that was posted on YouTube earlier this week.

Apr 7, 2011

A number of Hollywood studios have reportedly filed a lawsuit against start-up internet movie firm Zediva, claiming it violates copyright law by showing new movies online for as little as $1 or $2, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the news provider, the company refers to its service as a DVD rental operation, but the discs are played on-demand when customers place orders and are not sent through the mail like Netflix.

Attorneys for the Motion Picture Association of America claim that the transmission of movies such as "Black Swan" over the internet is a

Apr 1, 2011

A New York man accused of uploading an unfinished copy of the 2009 film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" recently pleaded guilty to charges of felony copyright infringement, Reuters reports.

According to the news provider, Gilberto Sanchez was accused of uploading a work print of the film one month before its release in May 2009.