Court tosses $4 million copyright award against Zillow
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out a $4 million copyright infringement ruling against the Seattle-based online real estate company Zillow.
Basketball players sue ‘Fortnite’ game makers over dance
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Two former University of Maryland men's basketball players are suing the makers of "Fortnite," claiming the video game's creators misappropriated a dance they popularized...
Feds tell Alfonso Ribeiro he can’t copyright ‘Carlton’ moves
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the "Carlton" dance, which he's suing two videogame makers over.
EU reaches tentative deal on copyright in digital age
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative breakthrough deal late Wednesday on copyright issues in the digital age, which it claims will better reward authors, artists and journalists and empower them in their relations with internet giants.
Vegas artist sues Ariana Grande over ‘God is a Woman’ image
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Ariana Grande, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star's widely-viewed "God is a Woman" music video.
Representatives for Grande did not immediately respond Monday to messages about the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Nevada by attorneys for Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas.
William Hill settles suit against FanDuel over betting guide
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Bookmaker William Hill has settled its lawsuit alleging that rival FanDuel copied its "how to bet" guide virtually word for word, and will use part of the money to fund creative writing classes.
William Hill CEO Joe Asher won't say how much his company is receiving from FanDuel, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Photographer sues Kemp campaign, Georgia GOP over photo use
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-based photographer is suing the campaign of Georgia's new governor and the state Republican party, saying a copyrighted photo he shot was used in a campaign ad without authorization.
NRA settles lawsuit with ‘The Bean’ artist
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Rifle Association will remove an image of Chicago's famous bean-shaped sculpture from a video advertisement, ending a legal dispute that began after the artist sued for copyright infringement, according to statements from both sides.
British artist Anish Kapoor said he's "pleased to declare victory over the NRA," the Chicago Tribune reported .
EU court rules taste of food cannot be trademarked
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court hasn't fallen under the spell of Dutch witches' cheese.
The European Court of Justice said Tuesday that "the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision of objectivity" and ruled that it is "not eligible for copyright protection."
It was asked for a ruling by a Dutch court seeking advice in a case where Levola, the producer of "Heksenkaas," or witches' cheese, wanted its spreadable dip protected from copycats.
New defense for Infowars in copyright case? “Pepe the Toad”
The internet trolls who turned Pepe the Frog into a hate symbol may be disappointed to hear a new claim about the cartoon character's origins, courtesy of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars website.
Infowars' attorneys claim in a court filing Thursday that Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie based his character on a "pre-existing, strikingly similar" Argentine cartoon character named "El Sapo Pepe," or "Pepe the Toad."
Bookmaker William Hill sues FanDuel over ‘how to bet’ guide
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Bookmaker William Hill US is suing sports betting rival FanDuel for allegedly copying its "how to bet" guide for customers in the fledgling industry nearly word for word.
William Hill US filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey alleging that FanDuel's duplication of the guide was so blatant that it even used the same hypothetical examples of one pitcher facing another pitcher.
Tracy Chapman sues Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Nicki Minaj is being sued for sampling a Tracy Chapman song without permission.
Chapman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Monday in a Los Angeles federal court. The Grammy-winning singer says Minaj's unreleased track "Sorry" incorporates the lyrics and vocal melody from her 1988 single "Baby Can I Hold You."
The lawsuit states the "Fast Car" singer repeatedly denied multiple requests to sample her song for Minaj's fourth album "Queen."
Court: Annotations to Georgia law not protected by copyright
ATLANTA (AP) — Annotations to Georgia's legal code are "intrinsically public domain material" and cannot be copyrighted, a federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled.
The opinion Friday from a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the ruling of a lower court judge who found the annotations included in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated were protected by copyright.
New trial ordered in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ copyright lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered a new trial in a lawsuit accusing Led Zeppelin of copying an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven."
A federal court jury in Los Angeles two years ago found Led Zeppelin did not steal the famous riff from the song "Taurus" by the band Spirit.
Montana photographer sues Netflix over copyright law
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana photographer is suing Netflix, alleging the company violated copyright law by using one of his photos without permission to create storm images for the series "Stranger Things" and the movie "How It Ends."
From music to news, EU moves to protect online copyright
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union wants to shake up the way internet companies handle media, e-books, digital music, news articles and other content posted online by better protecting the rights of the authors and creators.
China points to other gains in hopes of easing US trade ire
BEIJING (AP) — China is trying to defuse a spiraling tariff war with Washington over technology policy by highlighting gains in other trade-related areas.
The Cabinet press office invited The Associated Press to interview the head of the country's patent and copyright office, as part of government efforts to persuade Washington and other trading partners to tone down objections to Chinese industry policy.
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PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and an artist have settled a row over a farting unicorn.
Musk in February tweeted a photo of a mug made by Colorado potter Tom Edwards that showed a tooting unicorn powering an electric vehicle. Edwards initially thanked Musk for the exposure.
But the artist got upset after Musk used the unicorn image to promote Tesla's sketch page feature and put the graphic in the automobiles' operating systems.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world agreed Wednesday to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon children's book author.
In documents filed in U.S. District Court, the Boise, Idaho-based James Castle Collection and Archive agreed to dismiss the lawsuit against publisher Scholastic Inc. and author Allen Say.
CHICAGO (AP) — The artist behind Chicago's famous bean-shaped sculpture has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the National Rifle Association of copyright infringement by using an image of his work in a video advertisement last year.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prince's estate is suing an Oklahoma man for alleged copyright infringement.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Oklahoma City accuses Phil Shadid, of Yukon, of violating the estate's copyright by distributing videos from the band Vanity 6's self-titled 1982 album on a digital music distributor, TuneCore.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Monday favored humans over animals in a novel copyright lawsuit filed over a series of entertaining selfies taken by a monkey with a toothy grin.
U.S. copyright law does not allow lawsuits that seek to give animals the rights to photographs or other original work, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
Copyright infringement can only be claimed on behalf of humans, the court said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a court ruling in a copyright lawsuit over selfies taken by a monkey (all times local):
A wildlife photographer who won an appeal in a copyright lawsuit over selfies taken by a monkey says he is delighted.
David Slater said in a phone interview Monday that the legal battle took a toll on him financially and emotionally.
A company that operates an adult pornographic video website filed federal copyright infringement lawsuits against nine area residents Friday, including four people from Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wayne counties.
LeBron James’ Uninterrupted accuses University of Alabama of copyright infringement
LeBron James' Uninterrupted accuses University of Alabama of copyright infringement
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- If LeBron James didn't already have beef with the Crimson Tide for taking his beloved Buckeyes' spot in the College Football Playoff last year, he does now.
LeBron James’ company says Alabama’s barbershop-based video is copyright infringement
LeBron James' media platform Uninterrupted has sent a letter to the University of Alabama athletic department calling a planned video seriescopyright and intellectual propertyinfringement.
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ATLANTA (AP) — A California man who operated what prosecutors say was one of the most successful illegal music sharing websites on the internet has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.
LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a copyright infringement verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines,” agreeing with lower courts that it illegally copied from Marvin Gaye's “Got to Give it Up.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a copyright infringement verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines," agreeing with lower courts that it illegally copied from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up."
MADRID (AP) — A Vatican crackdown on the commercial use of its name and official emblems has encountered resistance from a Spanish website that refuses to give up referencing the seat of the Catholic Church in its masthead.
The case against InfoVaticana.com, one of hundreds of copyright actions taken by the church, is part of a broader legal debate over whether the Holy See can claim full ownership of the "Vatican" brand and its derivatives.
The cartoonist who created Pepe the Frog has resolved a copyright infringement lawsuit that accused a Missouri woman of misusing the character to sell hate-promoting oil paintings.
Alex Jones hit with copyright suit by ‘Pepe the Frog’ creator over MAGA poster
The artist who created the "Pepe the Frog" cartoon character has sued right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for copyright infringement over a poster sold through the latter's Infowars website.
Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan that the company has used to market billions of dollars of merchandise didn't violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Civil rights song ‘We Shall Overcome’ part of public domain
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome," which has been quoted by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was made popular by folk singer Pete Seeger, has been declared a part of public domain.
Copyright board boosts songwriters’ music streaming fees
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by more than 40 percent to narrow the financial divide separating them from recording labels.
The decision announced earlier this weekend by the National Music Publishers Association stems from a dispute pitting songwriters against steadily growing music streaming services sold by Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon and Pandora.
Classics Act fixes musicians’ ‘Pre-72’ royalty problem with streaming services, satellite radio
Recording artist Booker T. Jones shot to fame in the 1960s with "Green Onions," a bluesy instrumental that fused a bouncy Hammond organ and jangly Fender Telecaster into an instantly recognizable hit.
It's one of those songs you might not know it by name, but you definitely know it.
Music firms sue to keep hit songs off fitness streaming app
ATLANTA (AP) — Some of the nation's largest recording studios have joined forces in an effort to stop a music streaming service aimed at fitness enthusiasts from using songs by Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Green Day and other stars.
In a federal lawsuit filed in Atlanta, Sony Music Entertainment and more than a dozen other record companies say Fit Radio illegally infringes on their copyrighted recordings "on a massive scale."
China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms
BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacks "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses.
Separately, the foreign ministry sought to deflect accusations that China is requiring foreign firms to hand over intellectual property into order to gain market access — the basis of an ongoing U.S. trade investigation.
Group pushes lawsuit saying book infringes on artist’s work
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world is fighting an attempt to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon children's book author.
Taylor Swift has asked for a copyright lawsuit against her to be dismissed.
Prince brought the funk to Mohegan Sun Arena when he performed there on three consecutive nights in December 2013.
Four years later, his estate has brought a copyright-infringement lawsuit over YouTube videos reportedly taken during the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Mohegan engagement.
That’s cheating! Video-game companies suing crooked players
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Rogue online gamers have designed, sold or used computer code to crush competitors playing the popular "Fortnite" survival video game, spoiling the experience and the creator's profit potential, the game's maker charges in a series of lawsuits.
Idaho artist’s estate suing creators of fictional biography
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The estate of an Idaho artist is attempting to delay the release of a new children's book about the artist and suing its creators for copyright infringement.
Owners of hit “Happy Together” lose Florida copyright case
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's highest court says owners of old music recordings can't make radio stations pay for their use, ruling in a dispute between the owner of The Turtles' 1967 hit song "Happy Together" and Sirius XM Radio.
The Florida Supreme Court sided with Sirius XM in a case that echoes other lawsuits. New York's highest court ruled in a similar case last December.
You own it: New Zealand party told to pay for Eminem rip-off
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand judge said Eminem's lyrics "You own it, you better never let it go" turned out to be prophetic after ruling a political party breached copyright by using a song similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in its campaign ads.
High Court Judge Helen Cull on Wednesday ordered the conservative National Party to pay the Detroit rapper's publisher 600,000 New Zealand dollars ($415,000) plus interest.
Stephen Moore: NAFTA 2.0 must strengthen intellectual property rights
It now appears Donald Trump's intention regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement is to mend it, not end it. That's good news because the trade deal has been a stunning economic success for Canada, Mexico and the United States. Freer trade has meant steady increases in the volume of trade, greater competitiveness and lower prices.
Workshop on intellectual property planned in Aiken
The SCORE chapter in Aiken will hold a workshop on intellectual property in October.
The workshop will feature presenter Doug Lineberry, an attorney with the McNair Law Firm in Greenville, and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 at the Aiken County Agriculture Center, 1555 Richland Ave. E.
Sides agree to stop monkeying around in primate selfie suit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Monkey see. Monkey sue. Monkey settle.
Attorneys representing a macaque monkey have agreed to a compromise in a case where they asserted the animal owned the copyright to selfie photos it had shot with a photographer's camera.