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Zeppelin Loses Fight over Legal Fees In ‘Stairway’ Copyright Case

Led Zeppelin may have won the copyright war over its creation of “Stairway to Heaven,” but it lost its battle this week to recoup nearly $800,000 in defense fees. Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled that the band’s songwriters, record label …

Jury Sides with Google; Oracle Loses $9 Billion Copyright Claim

Google won a jury verdict that kills Oracle Corp.’s claim to a $9 billion slice of the search giant’s Android phone business. Oracle contended that Google needed a license to use its Java programming language to develop Android, the operating …

New York Playwright Seeks $20M in Damages Over ‘Barbershop’ Movie

A New York playwright filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming $20 million in damages and seeking to block Friday’s opening in movie theaters of “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” the fourth of a series of comedies that he claims rips off …

‘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 …