In a major upset, many individuals who stream on Twitch woke up on October 20 to discover that Twitch deleted a wave of videos due to copyright claims, without any option to challenge/dispute the claims, nor any indication of what videos were claimed to be infringing or even what part of the video was infringing. Without giving them any voice before the mass ban took place, many streamers are justifiably upset with losing countless hours of work, and view this as Twitch burning its user base in order to appease the music industry. Click on this article link to learn more.
Fan games have always been a grey area when it comes to copyright issues. In the eyes of those making the fan game, it is a labor of love that took countless hours, in order to produce an homage to a video game series. Video game developers / IP holders don’t look at fan games so fondly, particularly Nintendo, who is once again attempting to shut down another popular fan game based on the Legend of Zelda franchise. Click on this article link to learn more.
Today (September 30), at 12:00pm EST, Congress’ House Committee on the Judiciary is holding a live hearing, where they will discuss the Copyright Office’s Report on the Efficacy of 17 U.S.C. §512 over the past twenty years. The Copyright Office initially released this report on May 21, 2020. If you work primarily online, and regularly deal with the potential for copyright infringement or copyright claims, it would be in your best interest to watch and pay attention to this hearing. Click on this article link to learn more about the nature of this hearing.
Kendrick Lamar is being hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit for his 2017 song “Loyalty” (featuring Rihanna). The lawsuit was filed in late August in a federal district court in California. Music producer Terrance Hayes is suing Lamar and other music producers of the song, for copying Hayes’ 2011 song, which is also called “Loyalty.” Click on this article link to learn more.
Anas Abdin, who filed a lawsuit against CBS and Netflix for copyright infringement finally received a conclusion this appeal as the Second Circuit delivered a final opinion on the matter this Monday (August 17). The lawsuit alleged that CBS copied certain elements of his video game ‘Tardigrades’ in the television series ‘Star Trek: Discovery.’ Click on this article link to learn more.
A District Court Judge in Florida recently dismissed a lawsuit filed against Universal Music Group Latino and music artists Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Erika Ender, alleging copyright infringement over the hit song “Despacito.” The lawsuit was originally filed in July 2019, but a federal judge issues a final opinion and order on the case last week. Click on this article link to learn more.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reinstated a copyright infringement lawsuit that two screenplay writers filed against the Walt Disney Company, claiming they copied their screenplay in one of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Click on this article link to learn more.
Hollywood Weekly Magazine is suing Netflix, CBS Studios, and a few other media companies for trademark and copyright infringement surrounding the term TIGER KING, which Hollywood claims they coined the term as early as 2013. They claim that their association to the unsavory television series is causing harm to their reputation and are suing for damages and other remedies as well. Click on this article link to learn more.
Back in May of 2019, professional photographer Rebecca Walsh sued XXL Magazine for its use of an Instagram post that contained Walsh’s picture. The used Intsagram post was from Cardi B herself, and contained an image of her at a Tom Ford fashion show. In the lawsuit, Walsh accuses XXL of stealing the photo, and states that it should not have been viewable on its website without paying for a license. A federal judge recently ruled in XXL’s favor, detailing the “fair use” doctrine contained within the U.S. Copyright Act. Click on this article link to learn more.
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.