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Jury to Decide If Led Zeppelin Ripped Off ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Licks

Led Zeppelin founders Jimmy Page and Robert Plant lost their bid to avoid a trial that may rewrite the history of rock n’ roll over song-writing credit for the 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven.” A federal judge in Los Angeles …

Federal Judge: Monkey Cannot Own Copyright of Selfie Photos

A macaque monkey who snapped clear, perfectly framed selfies that would have made the Kardashians proud still cannot own a copyright to the photos because it’s an animal, not a human, a federal judge in San Francisco said. U.S. District …

Buyers of Expiring Patents See Profit in Infringement Claims

The 1990s may be over but patents from that era live on. U.S. courts are seeing a rash of lawsuits involving old and sometimes expired patents as companies try to squeeze the last bit of profits from their 20-year-old inventions. …

‘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 …

Lloyd’s China, Tokio Marine Kiln & PICC Sign Intellectual Property Liability Deal

Lloyd’s China, Tokio Marine Kiln and People’s Insurance Company of China Property and Casualty Company (PICC P&C) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide intellectual property infringement liability insurance in China. Signed on Oct. 29 at PICC’s head office in …

Music Publisher Loses Bid Over Copyright for ‘Happy Birthday’ Song

A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled that Warner/Chappell Music does not own a valid copyright to one of the world’s most recognizable songs, “Happy Birthday to You,” a decision that brings the song into the public domain. The highly-anticipated ruling …

Aon Outlines New Growth Paths for Re/Insurers at 14th Hazards Conference

Aon Benfield is examining how insurers and reinsurers can identify and capitalize on new growth opportunities amid challenging market dynamics at its 14th Biennial Hazards Conference in Australia. Aon noted that it’s “one of the largest gatherings of hazard risk …

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 …

Association of National Advertisers Launches Patent Troll Insurance

The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) has launched an insurance program to protect marketers against the expense of Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), often known as “patent trolls.” PAEs are firms with the sole business purpose of launching patent claims against …

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 …