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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 …

Miami Artist Lawsuit Against Apple, Design Firm Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by artist Romero Britto against Apple Inc. and a design firm claiming misuse of his distinctive images and colorful style has been dismissed. Miami federal court documents show the 2015 lawsuit was dropped last week. No details …

Stakes Are High at Google vs. Oracle Copyright Trial #2

Oracle Corp. and  Google are stepping before a jury a second time with potentially $9.3 billion on the line, and the prospect of profoundly changing how software is protected and licensed. The “World Series” of intellectual property, as the judge …

Cheerleader Uniform Case Tests Copyright Protection for Designs

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a clash between rival makers of cheerleading outfits to clarify the scope of federal copyright protection for pictures and graphic designs. The justices on Monday said they will hear an appeal from Star …

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 …