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‘Happy Birthday’ Song Copyright Discord Ends on Harmonious Note

A settlement has been reached in a U.S. lawsuit with Warner/Chappell Music over the copyright to “Happy Birthday to You” that will put one of the world’s most recognizable songs in the public domain, according to court papers released on …

Intellectual Property News: KitKat, Williams Sonoma, Whole Foods, Skechers, Segway, GoDaddy, Apple

This wrap-up of recent intellectual property cases covers chocolate bar shapes, cookware designs, sneaker similarities, Korean TV copyright device, Quizno’s commercials, personal transporter technology, Oscar award domains, wines from Whole Foods, fair use of music tracks, the Apple-Samsung battle and …

Florida-Based Psychic Network Sues General Mills Over ‘Miss Cleo’ Image

The South Florida company that owns the rights to the popular TV psychic “Miss Cleo” is suing General Mills alleging copyright infringement for hiring the psychic to promote its breakfast cereal. According to a complaint recently filed in federal court, …

John Steinbeck, Boeing Drone, Jimi Hendrix, Ford Car: Intellectual Property News

Rightscorp Inc., the company that identifies infringers to copyright holders, said in a company filing that it now has contracts covering about 208,000 copyrights. That’s more than twice the 100,000 copyrights the Santa Monica, California-based company had under contract in …

Turtles, ’60s Band, Wins Classic Song Copyright Case Against Sirius Radio

A U.S. judge has sided with members of the 1960s band the Turtles in their dispute with Sirius XM Holdings Inc., ruling the satellite radio provider infringed on copyrights by airing their pre-1972 songs without paying royalties. U.S. District Court …

‘Deep Throat’ Producers Lose ‘Lovelace’ Copyright Case

The owners of the rights to the famed pornographic film “Deep Throat” have lost a lawsuit accusing the producers of the 2013 biopicture “Lovelace” of copyright infringement. U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in the federal court in Manhattan, in a …

Judge Grants Dow Jones Injunction Against ‘Hot News’ User of Its Content

Dow Jones & Co has won a court order to stop the London-based service Ransquawk from broadcasting its news content within seconds of publication, without permission, to traders and other subscribers. It is unclear how the permanent injunction granted late …

Top 5 Insurance Industry Misconceptions About Copyright

Few industries understand the concept of risk better than the insurance sector. But what about infringement risk? Sharing published information is essential to a company’s ability to thrive. Whether developing new insurance products, keeping abreast of state and legislative regulatory …

California Toy Company Settles Beastie Boys Suit

A California toy company has settled its lawsuit against the Beastie Boys over its parody of their song “Girls” in a promotional video that went viral. The Oakland Tribune reported an agreement to dismiss the claim was filed Monday in …

Iowa-Based Insurance Company Sues Google over Copyrighted Photo

A Des Moines, Iowa, insurance company is suing Google, demanding it remove a copyrighted photo from a private blog that mocks corporate headshots. ARAG North America and Ann Dieleman, a senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the insurance …