Tag: Copyrights and Copyright Violations

I Owed My Sibling Money. Must I Give It to the Scamming Widowed Spouse?

When my sibling suffered an untimely death, my sibling’s spouse inherited a rather large estate: cash, real estate and investments. During the process of funeral and subsequent estate expenses, the newly widowed spouse feigned poverty and received thousands of dollars in donations from friends and extended family. I even offered to cover the mortgage. When […]

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Original or Copied? ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Is Back in Court

It seems only fitting that the most epic and dramatic of rock songs has resulted in one of the music industry’s most epic copyright fights. “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin’s 1971 megahit, defined rock radio for decades and helped make its credited writers, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, extremely rich. For the last five years, […]

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Blackbeard’s Ship Heads to Supreme Court in a Battle Over Another Sort of Piracy

WASHINGTON — A little more than 300 years ago, the pirate Blackbeard captured a French merchant vessel, renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge, armed it with 40 cannons and used it to pursue his calling of pillage and plunder. In November, the Supreme Court will consider a case arising from the discovery of the ship’s wreckage […]

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Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite

SAN FRANCISCO — In George Orwell’s “1984,” the classics of literature are rewritten into Newspeak, a revision and reduction of the language meant to make bad thoughts literally unthinkable. “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words,” one true believer exults. Now some of the writer’s own words are getting reworked in Amazon’s vast virtual […]

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Katy Perry and Others Must Pay $2.8 Million in Dispute Over ‘Dark Horse,’ Jury Says

A federal jury in Los Angeles on Thursday decided that Katy Perry and others must pay $2.8 million in damages in a copyright dispute over her 2013 song “Dark Horse.” The verdict came three days after the jury found that Ms. Perry, her record company and other collaborators were liable for copyright infringement because parts […]

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Katy Perry’s Copyright Case May Sound Familiar to These Stars

A federal jury’s decision on Monday that Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” copied elements from a 2008 Christian rap song added her to an ignominious list: pop stars who have been successfully sued for plagiarizing another song. Like Perry, George Harrison, Michael Bolton, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams all were found to have copied […]

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What Should I Do About My Racially Obtuse Co-Worker?

I work in the public sector and have a great relationship with most of my colleagues. One of my co-workers, a caring person who works hard for the community we serve, has more than once made racially insensitive comments, using phrases like “playing the race card” and “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” I am […]

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Taylor Swift’s Feud With Scooter Braun Spotlights Musicians’ Struggles to Own Their Work

It is one of the oldest and hardest lessons of the music industry: No matter how successful artists may be, chances are someone else owns their work. Prince, protesting how his label, Warner Bros., had control over his master recordings, quipped in 1996: “If you don’t own your masters, your master owns you.” That same […]

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Target Pulls New Thread in Bikini Yarn

Would you pay $285 for a skimpy blue bikini with multicolored elastic threaded through multicolored crochet trim? How about $176? Or better yet, $38? These are the options available to crochet-bikini lovers now that Target has jumped into one of the messiest swimsuit tales ever to unravel. The big-box retailer this spring began to offer […]

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The Law©?

No one owns the law, because the law belongs to everyone. It’s a principle that seems so obvious that most people wouldn’t give it a second thought. But that’s what is at issue in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, a case about whether the State of Georgia can assert copyright in its annotated state code. This week, […]

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Infowars Agrees to Part Ways With Pepe the Frog

The creator of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon amphibian adopted as a far-right mascot during the 2016 presidential campaign, has successfully sued in recent years to keep his creation from appearing on white nationalist websites, alt-right Reddit forums and the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer. On Monday, the conspiracy website Infowars became the latest online […]

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