Grammy Award Winner Sues Youtube for Fostering a “Hotbed of Copyright Infringement”

Five-time Grammy award-winning artist Maria Schneider, and Pirate Monitor, LTD. are suing Youtube, Google, and their parent company Alphabet, Inc. for willfully and knowingly allowing Youtube to operate as a platform where “billions of users upload videos that” infringe on copyrights owned by others, and that Google / Youtube / Alphabet has remained indifferent to the rights of copyright holders in their works. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Microsoft Files a New “Fable” Trademark Application

Microsoft has filed a new U.S. trademark application for the mark FABLE. Does this mean that the company has plans to finally introduce another video game entry into the “Fable” franchise? Or is it simply a mark for other types of merchandise? Click on this article link to learn more.

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Sunrise Inc. Files a New Trademark Application for “Love Live! Superstar!!”

Sunrise Inc., has recently filed a new trademark application for the mark ‘LOVE LIVE! SUPERSTAR!!,’ which fans are hoping marks the next addition to the ‘LOVE LIVE’ franchise. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Larry Heard and Robert Owens Have Brought a Huge Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Trax Records

Pioneers of the “house music” genre and music producers Robert Owens and Larry Heard have recently filed a federal copyright infringement lawsuit against Chicago-based record label, Trax Records. The lawsuit claims that Trax fraudulently obtained U.S. copyright registrations to their music by falsely asserting that it owned the sound recordings for their songs. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Microsoft Attempts to Trademark the Name of its Next-Gen Console, the “Xbox Series X”

Earlier this month, Microsoft filed two U.S. trademark applications for the ‘XBOX SERIES X,’ which is the name of the company’s next-gen gaming console, and for another trademark simply known as ‘XBOX SERIES.’ Click on this article link to learn more.

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The Copyright Office’s Recent Final Rule Now Allows a Group Registration Option for Up to 50 Short Online Works

The U.S. Copyright Office has recently issued a final rule which will create a group registration option for up to 50 short online literary works. The Office has also released the June 2020 update to the U.S. Copyright Law and other related laws in Title 17 of the United States Code. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Nintendo Balances the Scales of Their Trademarks by pursuing “PokéToon” and Letting go of “Eternal Darkness”

Nintendo is still in the news with another new Japanese trademark application, as well as reports of Nintendo abandoning one of its U.S. trademark applications. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Activision Blizzard Gets to Keep Using “Humvee” Mark in a First Amendment Victory

Today, we’re giving an update to a case we first wrote about in November 2017, where AM General LLC, makers of the Humvee military grade vehicle, sued the gaming company Activision Blizzard, over Blizzard’s use of the “Humvee” mark in Blizzard’s famous ‘Call of Duty’ video game franchise. Which part prevailed in this litigation? Click on this article link to learn more.

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Sony recently obtained some gaming patents; will we see these on the PS5?

Sony, the famous company behind the popular Playstation line of gaming consoles, has recently obtained 3 new patents for user interface, direct gameplay, and online multiplayer AI technologies. Several news sources are speculating that these technologies might be implemented in the company’s upcoming gaming console, the PS5. Click on this article link to learn more.

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