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  • Apple Sued Over Use of Jamie XX Song in iPhone Advertisement

    01/26/2017 1:23:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | JANUARY 25, 2017 7:07am PT | by Eriq Gardner
    Jerome Lawson, the lead singer of The Persuasions, contends his sampled voice is protected under California law. Apple, Inc., is being taken to court over its use of Jamie xx's "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" in a televised commercial for the iPhone 6. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, may showcase a new legal front in the battle over sampling. When the song, featured on Jamie xx's Grammy-nominated album In Colors, was released in 2015, a small controversy arose over the allegation that the U.K. artist hadn't licensed use of The Persuasions' 1971 recording,...
  • Music Rights Orgs Hoping Trump Won’t Hold Hillary Donations Against Them

    11/25/2016 7:10:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    Donald Trump put fear in the hearts of the left before the election, but since then, his opponents have gone completely off the deep end. They’ve marched through the streets. They’ve destroyed property. They’ve beaten Trump supporters and lashed out at his vice president after he attended a Broadway play. They fear – correctly, it seems, judging from the appointments and other decrees emanating from Trump Tower – that, unlike the current occupant, Trump looks at the presidency as something to do, not something to be. He’s not thinking about having Jay-Z and Beyonce at the White House or which...
  • Crown Forum Publicity Office alerted by e-mail of alleged plagiarism by “author” Michelle Fields

    08/11/2016 10:27:03 PM PDT · by Silly · 14 replies
    LoudCitizen.org ^ | August 11, 2016 | Paul Klenk
    Below is the verbatim e-mail I sent to Crown Forum’s publicity office* at Random House on Wednesday, August 10, 2016: SUBJECT: Likely plagiarism by Crown author in form of “refactoring” To the publisher of “Barons of the Beltway: Inside the Princely World of Our Washington Elite—and How to Overthrow Them” Dear Sir or Madam: In case you have not yet been alerted, serious allegations of plagiarism — in the form of the refactoring of others’ work without citations, in lieu of original work of her own — are being made on the Internet about the Michelle Fields book referenced above,...
  • Target: The Corrupters! icon in Wiki Media Commons fair use

    05/17/2016 11:12:55 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Wiki Media Commons ^ | 5/17/2016 | CharlesOConnell
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFtm1MTBC3E Target: The Corrupters! aired on ABC from September 29, 1961 to June 8, 1962. The Target store brand was an early 1960s outgrowth of a parent company that owned both B. Dalton and Pickwick booksellers. There appears never to have been any legal dispute about the use of the program title "Target: The Corrupters!" or the logo of a dark bullseye on a white background.
  • Will Google sue Sue Googe? (NC Rep Congress candidate copies Google font for campaign signs)

    05/11/2016 6:11:25 AM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 10, 2016 | Chris Plante
    Sue Googe is a 2016 Republican candidate who hopes to represent the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina in United States Congress. Also, her surname looks like the Google logo — especially as it's written on her campaign signs, which use a font that's identical to Google's bespoke sans-serif typeface. [She's the one in the middle) [Lots more article and pics at The Verge article] ...
  • Copyright expires on Bolero, world's most famous classical crescendo

    05/02/2016 6:05:35 AM PDT · by Borges · 56 replies
    Business Insider - AFP ^ | 4/30/2016 | Franck Iovene
    Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel's "Bolero". "We are accustomed to say that a performance of Bolero begins every 10 minutes in the world. As the work lasts 17 minutes, it is therefore playing at all times somewhere," said Laurent Petitgirard of France's Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (SACEM). "And it is likely that we will hear it even more now, in advertisements or in films".
  • Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use

    04/18/2016 3:10:27 PM PDT · by dware · 52 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 04.18.2016 | Devin Coldewey
    A Supreme Court order issued today closes the book on (or perhaps merely ends this chapter of) more than a decade of legal warfare between Google and the Authors Guild over the legality of the former’s scanning without permission of millions of copyrighted books. And the final word is: it’s fair use. The order is just an item in a long list of other orders that appeared today, and adds nothing to the argument except the tacit approval of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 2015 decision — itself approving an even earlier decision, that of the U.S. District Court...
  • CrazyRussianHacker, Plagiarist and DMCA abuser! #WTFU

    04/18/2016 1:24:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 17, 2016 | Thunderf00t
    So when I first made a video showing that CrazyRussianHackers idea about using dry ice for an air conditioner was basically suicidal, I really didnt think anything would come of it. Then recently he filed a DMCA takedown of my video. This resulted in a strike against my account and me losing access to certain features. Now thats a special brand of idiot who makes a video about a suicidal way to chill the air, then files a baseless copyright takedown of the only warning about how dumb that idea is. Especially against a guy like me who has a...
  • Sneaky Change to the TPP Drastically Extends Criminal Penalties

    02/20/2016 6:42:58 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 12 replies
    EFF ^ | 17 Feb 2016 | JEREMY MALCOLM
    When the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was first released in November last year, it included provisions dictating the kinds of penalties that should be available in cases of copyright infringement... What does this surreptitious change from “paragraph” to “subparagraph” mean?...
  • (Vanity) Well, I can't post but a certain national newspaper

    02/17/2016 9:49:13 AM PST · by LS · 51 replies
    a certain national newspaper we can't reference | 2/17/2016
    has Trump 35, Cruz 19, Rubio 17 and the following head-to-head with Hillary Cruz 45 Clinton 44 Trump 45 Clinton 43 Rubio 48 Clinton 42 Kasich 49 Clinton 38 So, BOPe will tell us Kasich does best against Cankles. On the other hand, notion that Trump can't beat her is destroyed.
  • How Donald Trump Broke the GOP’s Music Curse (he keeps playing Adele even after she complains)

    02/07/2016 9:43:21 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 148 replies
    Politico ^ | Feb 7 2016 | Review Troy
    Donald Trump has been blowing up the old traditional GOP certainties left and right, and this week he overturned another one. In what seemed like an embarrassing rebuke, on February 1, Adele told the Republican front-runner that he didn’t have her permission to use her songs at his massive campaign events. Adele might just be the world’s most popular singer at the moment, and any normal candidate would have folded his tent, chastened. Not Trump. At his rally in Little Rock, Arkansas two days later the crowd of thousands listened to Adele’s “Skyfall” before Trump’s helicopter landed. A day after...
  • 'Star Trek' fan film sued for copyright infringement

    01/02/2016 10:05:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | December 31, 2015 | Aarom Smith
    Paramount (PGRE) and CBS (CBS), which own the rights to "Star Trek," are going after Alec Peters and Axanar Productions, which are raising money through Indiegogo to produce a movie called "Axanar." The companies accuse Peters of "unauthorized exploitation" of the "Star Trek" franchise.
  • Millennials Call It Sharing, Wall Street Calls It Stealing

    10/25/2015 5:14:44 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 70 replies
    Money Mag ^ | 10-9-15 | Ian Salisbury
    Whatever you call it, it's killing the cable tv business. It’s no secret that young people like to consume entertainment they don’t necessarily pay for. But when business and tech types talk about this reality, they tend to use neutral or even flattering language: Millennials, they say, like to “swap” files and “share” subscription passwords. After all, super-earnest, bike-commuting, coffee-sipping twenty-somethings don’t look like dangerous criminals. And let’s face it, no business wants to alienate the work-force’s largest generational cohort, with billions, if not trillions, worth of spending ahead of it. But now some Wall Street analysts have decided to...
  • Google book-scanning project legal, says U.S. appeals court

    10/16/2015 2:33:58 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday October 16, 2015 | 2:09 PM EDT | Joseph Ax
    Google book scan copyright challenge lawsuit dismissed - deemed Fair Use.
  • Congressional Review Of Copyright Law May Threaten Drudge Report (and sites like Freerepublic?)

    10/13/2015 4:26:36 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 89 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/13/2015 | Kerry Picket
    http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/13/congressional-review-of-copyright-law-may-threaten-drudge-report/ Congressional Review Of Copyright Law May Threaten Drudge Report Photo of Kerry Picket Kerry Picket Reporter 5:20 PM 10/13/2015 WASHINGTON — Congress may update digital copyright law affecting aggregator sites, like the Drudge Report and Real Clear Politics, along with news sites in the near future. “Two years ago, the House Judiciary Committee launched a comprehensive review of our nation’s copyright laws, which have not been updated since 1976. As technology continues to rapidly advance, we have a responsibility to ensure that our laws are keeping pace with these developments,” Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in a statement. Since...
  • Gannett Co. acquires Midwest, South newspapers for $280M

    10/08/2015 4:08:02 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2015 | Greg Moore 
    Gannett Co. has reached an agreement to acquire newspaper company Journal Media Group for $280 million, giving the media giant control of publications in more than 100 local markets in the U.S., company officials announced Wednesday evening. Journal Media publications dot the Midwest and South and include the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Memphis (Tennessee) Commercial-Appeal and Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel. Industry experts say the publications are a natural fit for Gannett’s strategy of maximizing short-term profits through managing the decline of publications in less competitive markets.
  • Drudge: “I had a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over for me."

    10/06/2015 11:36:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 263 replies
    google search ^ | October 6, 2015
    Circulating on the web tonight: During an appearance on the Alex Jones Show, Drudge asserted that copyright laws which prevent websites from even linking to news stories were being advanced. “I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said Drudge. “They’ve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, you’re out of there. They’re going to make it so you can’t even use headlines.” “To have a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over, they’ve got the votes, which means time is limited,” he added, noting that a day was coming when simply operating an...
  • Kim Davis Might Get Sued for ‘Unauthorized Public Performance’ of ‘Eye of the Tiger’

    09/09/2015 8:11:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 78 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    Kim Davis walked out to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” when she was released from jail Tuesday. A judge ruled that Davis should be released from jail as long as she doesn’t interfere with the licenses that her deputies have been granting. However, she infringed upon Survivor’s rights when she played the 1982 rock classic as she walked on stage to give a speech. Record label EMI has considered suing Davis, as well as her supporter Mike Huckabee, for publicly playing the song without permission. “They are well within their rights to hold a public rally in support of Kim...
  • DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law

    08/18/2015 11:31:17 AM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 18 Aug 2015 | Laura Sydell
    The iconic image of the American farmer is the man or woman who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical items, tractors are increasingly run by computer software. Now, farmers are hitting up against an obscure provision of copyright law that makes it illegal to repair machinery run by software. Take Dave Alford. He fits that image of the iconic farmer. "I do farming on the family ranch," says Alford, standing on a piece of grassy earth with a white barn behind him. "I've been farming for the...
  • Alert: Freedom of Panorama Under Threat in Europe

    06/20/2015 11:43:29 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 20/2015 | Michael Zhang
    Should photographers be able to include copyrighted public building and sculptures in photos without having to worry about payment or permissions? The concept is called “freedom of panorama,” and it’s currently under attack over in Europe.