Insurance Journal » copyright infringement http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:58:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 California Toy Company Settles Beastie Boys Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/19/323694.htm Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:27:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323694 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 …

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Iowa-Based Insurance Company Sues Google over Copyrighted Photo http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/09/316586.htm Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:52:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316586 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 …

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Louisiana Brewer Sued Over Mechahopzilla Beer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/09/12/304978.htm Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:02:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304978 The Japanese company that produced the classic series of “Godzilla” movies has sued a New Orleans brewery, claiming the MechaHopzilla beer brand infringes on its copyrights and trademarks. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans by …

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Wells Fargo Insurance Launches Intellectual Property Financial Protection Products http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/08/05/300755.htm Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:55:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300755 Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Co. has launched two new insurance products from its Professional Risk Group, Intellectual Property Risk Mitigation Practice (IPRMP):  revENSUREand ANDAfend. “Both products were designed to protect a company’s expected revenues from legal …

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Judge Dismisses Faulkner Estate’s Copyright Claim Against Woody Allen Movie http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/07/23/299180.htm Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:00:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=299180 A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” improperly used one of William Faulkner’s most famous lines. Faulkner Literary Rights LLC sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October in U.S. …

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Court Dismisses Class Action Status in Google Digital Books Case for Now http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/07/01/297258.htm Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:42:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=297258 A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc.’s effort to create the world’s largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in …

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U.S. Court Rules Artist Richard Prince Didn’t Infringe Photo Copyrights http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/04/26/289848.htm Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:20:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=289848 In a closely watched case in the art world, American artist Richard Prince won a federal appeals court order Thursday holding that he did not infringe the copyrights of a photographer by incorporating his images into 25 paintings and collages. …

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Ruling Against News Aggregator Could Affect Copyright ‘Fair Use’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/03/25/285909.htm Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:45:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=285909 A federal judge concluded that an Internet news clipping service essentially resold stories from The Associated Press, saying in a decision released last Thursday that the ability of news organizations to perform “an essential function of democracy” is jeopardized when …

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IPISC Launches IP Litigation Coverage for Cyber/Media-Based Tech Companies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/11/28/272080.htm Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:35:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=272080 Louisville, Ky. headquartered Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation (IPISC) has launched IP Defense Indemnification Insurance for cyber/media-based technology companies. The cyber/media-based industry utilizes technologies that pose a significant intellectual property (IP) litigation risk. The industry as a whole is particularly …

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Deals in Louisiana Resolve ‘Who Dat?’ Trademark Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2012/10/31/268567.htm Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:13:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=268567 Settlements have resolved a Louisiana recording company’s claims against two T-shirt vendors and a restaurant over merchandising rights to the phrase “Who Dat?” — a popular chant of New Orleans Saints fans. The deals eliminate the need for a federal …

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Planned USD Student Center Upgrade Sparks Copyright Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2012/09/25/264293.htm Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:22:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=264293 A Massachusetts architectural firm has sued a competitor in South Dakota, accusing it of using the firm’s copyrighted designs in a planned upgrade to the University of South Dakota’s student center. Charles Rose Architects of Somerville, Mass., contends that RSA …

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Judge Dismisses Velvet Underground Copyright Claim vs. Warhol Over Banana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/09/11/262572.htm Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:28:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=262572 A federal judge has dismissed part of The Velvet Underground’s lawsuit accusing the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts of violating its rights to an iconic banana image used on the rock band’s best-known album. While Velvet Underground’s trademark …

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Oracle Suffers Setback in Java Copyright Battle Against Google http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/06/01/249719.htm Fri, 01 Jun 2012 12:28:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=249719 A U.S. judge dismissed Oracle Corp.’s copyright claims against Google Inc. for parts of the Java programming language, knocking out Oracle’s prime vehicle for damages in a high stakes legal battle over smartphones. The ruling on Thursday from a San …

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Google Wins Copyright Ruling in France http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2012/05/29/249171.htm Tue, 29 May 2012 20:22:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=249171 A French court ruled that Google is not responsible for filtering content on YouTube, dealing a blow to French broadcaster TF1 which sought damages for copyrighted sports and movies which ended up on the video-sharing website. TF1 claimed 141 million …

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Jury Finds Google Did Not Infringe Oracle’s Patents http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/05/24/248748.htm Thu, 24 May 2012 09:44:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=248748 Google Inc.’s Android mobile platform has not infringed Oracle Corp’s patents, a California jury decided, putting an indefinite hold on Oracle’s quest for damages in a fight between the two Silicon Valley giants over smartphone technology. In a case that …

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Gucci Wins Fraction of Damages Sought in Trademark Claim Against Guess http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/05/22/248438.htm Tue, 22 May 2012 13:56:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=248438 A U.S. judge said Gucci may recover just $4.66 million in its lawsuit accusing apparel retailer Guess Inc. of copying its trademarked designs, a small fraction of the more than $120 million sought by the Italian luxury goods company. U.S. …

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Court Ruling in Georgia Upholds School’s Use of Publication Excerpts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2012/05/16/247655.htm Wed, 16 May 2012 13:50:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=247655 A federal judge sided with Georgia State University on a range of copyright infringement claims filed by three publishing houses in a ruling that administrators said could set an important precedent for how educational data is used by schools. The …

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Reebok, Nike Settle Suit Over Tebow Apparel Sales http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/04/10/242884.htm Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:49:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=242884 Reebok International Ltd. agreed to settle a lawsuit by rival Nike Inc. and will stop selling New York Jets football apparel with the name of the team’s popular new quarterback, Tim Tebow. According to settlement papers made public on Tuesday, …

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Viacom Wins Reversal in Landmark Copyright Case vs. Google’s YouTube http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/04/05/242341.htm Thu, 05 Apr 2012 18:12:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=242341 A U.S. appeals court has revived lawsuits by Viacom Inc., the English Premier League, and various film studios and television networks accusing Google Inc. of allowing copyrighted videos on its YouTube service without permission. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of …

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Iowa Judge Orders California Porn Site to Pay $4M In Piracy Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/02/22/236609.htm Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:08:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=236609 A judge has ordered the operators of a popular pornographic website to pay $4 million for copyright infringement to an Iowa-based adult film company – a ruling that should serve as a deterrent to others who pirate content online, a …

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Movie Star Stallone Sued, Accused of Copyright Infringement Over Screenplay http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/10/26/221633.htm Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:55:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=221633 Action movie star Sylvester Stallone is accused in a lawsuit of copying another writer’s screenplay to make “The Expendables,” a movie about mercenaries hired to defeat a military dictator. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday by …

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Court May Revive Viacom Copyright Claim Against YouTube http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/10/19/220670.htm Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:14:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=220670 In a copyright infringement case at the heart of media company battles to win Internet viewers, an appeals court grappled on Tuesday over whether to revive Viacom Inc.’s landmark $1 billion lawsuit against Google Inc.’s YouTube. Media conglomerate Viacom , …

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How One Music Downloader Could Change Copyright Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/10/05/218692.htm Wed, 05 Oct 2011 12:46:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=218692 In the age of iTunes and an-app-for-everything, Joel Tenenbaum’s battle with the music industry over illegal downloading seems as relevant as an eight-track cassette. But it turns out the fight could produce something surprisingly enduring: a change in copyright law. …

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Supreme Court Rejects Internet Music Copyright Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/10/03/218429.htm Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:00:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=218429 The Supreme Court let stand Monday a ruling that a traditional Internet download of sound recording does not constitute a public performance of the recorded musical work under federal copyright law. The justices refused to review a ruling by a …

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Google Urges Judge Reject Oracle’s $2.2B Patent Damages Claim http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2011/09/21/216811.htm Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:05:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=216811 Google Inc. urged a federal judge to reject an Oracle Corp expert’s recommendation that it pay more than $2.2 billion for infringing on patents for Java technology used in the Android operating system. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San …

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Court Throws Out Writers’ Copyright Settlement with Publishers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/08/17/211404.htm Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:32:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=211404 A federal appeals court voided a class-action settlement in a case brought by freelance writers who accused publishers of reprinting their works in online databases without permission. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the settlement, …

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EU Court Says eBay May Be Liable on Trademark Abuse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2011/07/12/205992.htm Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:40:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=205992 Internet auction marketplace eBay may have to take more responsibility over what is sold via its website or it could be sued for trademark abuse, Europe’s top court ruled on Tuesday. The European Court of Justice said online market providers …

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LimeWire Wins Limit on Damages to Record Companies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/03/10/189824.htm Fri, 11 Mar 2011 02:54:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=189824 A federal judge limited the potential financial liability facing the operator of LimeWire, a once-popular file-sharing service found liable for copyright infringement, at an upcoming damages trial. Rejecting an argument that could have led to “trillions” of dollars in damages, …

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File-Sharing Service LimeWire, Music Publishers Settle Copyright Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/03/08/189467.htm Tue, 08 Mar 2011 18:13:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=189467 The operator of LimeWire, a once-popular file-sharing service shut down last year for copyright infringement, has settled a lawsuit brought by music publishers. The settlement with Lime Wire LLC covers more than 30 publishers, including units of EMI Group, Sony …

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Elvis Music Suits in Florida, England Claim Copyright Infringement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2011/02/11/185851.htm Fri, 11 Feb 2011 17:18:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=185851 Elvis Presley Enterprises said it’s suing men in Florida and England on claims of copyright infringement and illegal sale of a DVD and CD box set of recordings and footage of the singer’s performances. Meanwhile a third person, Europe-based DJ …

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