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.
Coral Castle, operators of a museum in southern Florida with the same name, filed a lawsuit last week against Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite. The initial complaint alleges trademark infringement, likelihood of confusion, bad faith, loss of sales and profits, unfair competition, trademark dilution, and more, along with a plethora of remedies requested. 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.
In the latest series of lawsuits over dances found in the famous video game Fortnite, Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens sued video game developer Epic Games in February 2019, accusing Epic of copying their “running man” dance into the game without their consent. In May, a federal judge issues a final ruling on the case. What are the details of this case, and how, if at all, do they differ from other lawsuits filed against Epic for dances found in Fortnite? 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.
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.