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Haters Gonna Hate: Taylor Swift Wins Copyright Lawsuit


Last Friday, a California federal judge, Judge Fitzgerald, handed a win to Taylor Swift and her team when he dismissed a copyright suit against the singer with prejudice. This follows from a ruling in mid-February, where the judge granted a motion to dismiss for Swift’s team, but giving plaintiffs Sean Hall and Nathan Butler one chance to […]

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Gibson Guitars May be Taking Final Bow


Gibson Brands Inc., the 100+ old iconic guitar maker, faces possible bankruptcy in the next few months. Sparking concern for the guitar manufacturer is the departure of the company’s chief financial officer, Bill Lawrence. To meet its financial obligations coming due in July, Gibson is selling its Baldwin piano brand and has left its long time […]

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Nike Gets the ‘W’ in ‘Jumpman’ Copyright Suit

Michael Jordan at Boston Garden

On Tuesday, February 27, a 2-1 split Ninth Circuit panel rejected a copyright suit against Nike Inc. alleging the athletic company’s “Jumpman” logo infringed on a photographer’s copyright. The court ruled that the logo was not substantially similar enough to Jacobus Rentmeester’s photo of Jordan from a 1984 issue of LIFE magazine. Rentmeester originally had […]

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Redbox Squares Off Against Disney


In the most recent litigation battle between powerhouses Disney and Redbox, Redbox triumphed as a federal court judge rejected Disney’s request for an injunction. In its initial lawsuit filed in December, Disney alleged that Redbox was in violation of their contract and of Disney’s copyrights due to its sale of download codes for Disney movies. […]

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White Sox Ask Judge to Strike Out Fowler’s Case


This past week, Law360 reported the Chicago White Sox filed a motion to dismiss a suit brought by Oakland Athletics’ outfielder Dustin Fowler earlier this month. The team argues that the claims brought by Fowler are governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which would require Fowler to pursue arbitration before filing suit in court. […]

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Lawsuit Threatens to Expose Vice Media’s Vices


According to the New York Times, Vice Media was sued this week by a former employee alleging that the company intentionally created a wage disparity between their male and female employees. The employee, Elizabeth Rose, filed the complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against the company who is known for its documentaries and news reports […]

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Path Appears Clear for the Music Modernization Act


The Songwriters Guild of America (SGA) has joined the growing support for the Music Modernization Act. Due to state-by-state legislation that governs mechanical royalties, the current state of copyright legislation is incredibly complicated for songwriters to navigate. This legislation scheme has resulted in songwriters and publishers not receiving due royalties along with a host of […]

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“Art Bastard” Sues New York Art Museums

Michael Siegel, Neri Oxman MoMa Exhibit, CC BY-SA 4.0

Last Tuesday, Robert Cendella, a painter known as “Art Bastard,” has brought a class action lawsuit against contemporary art museums in New York. He alleges in the complaint that these museums have illegally conspired with five major galleries in New York to raise the prices of the works by artists represented by those galleries. Cendella claims that a handful of […]

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College Athletes Sue Fantasy Sports Gambling Sites


In May 2016, a class of former college athletes sued FanDuel and DraftKings, alleging that the sites wrongfully profited from their likenesses. Relying on Indiana’s right of publicity statute, the former college athletes argued that FanDuel and DraftKings violated their right to control the commercial use of their own identities. The case was dismissed in district court by U.S. District Judge […]

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Recording Academy Holds 20th Entertainment Law Initiative Event

"grammy" by Colby Sharp licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Last weekend, in New York City, the Recording Academy hosted the industry’s top, as well as up and coming, entertainment lawyers at the 20th anniversary of the Entertainment Law Initiative Event. The Entertainment Law Initiative is a gathering where industry practitioners have the opportunity to honor its members who have made significant contributions. This year […]

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