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Supreme Court Will Hear Google’s Latest Effort to End Oracle’s Copyright Claim

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Google’s bid to escape Oracle Corp.’s multi-billion dollar lawsuit accusing Google of infringing software copyrights to build the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones. Google has appealed …

Music Copyright Law in Search of New Standard for Infringement

Willie Nelson has famously said a country song is “three chords and the truth.” It might not be so simple anymore. A flood of lawsuits is threatening to upend that concept, making trivial similarities in songs the basis for a …

Amazon Sued by Publishers Claiming Audible Text Service Violates Copyright

Amazon.com Inc.’s Audible was sued by some of the top U.S. publishers for copyright infringement on Friday, aiming to block a planned rollout of a feature called ‘Audible Captions’ that shows the text on screen as a book is narrated. …

Judges May Be Reaching Limit with Copyright Profiteering by Pornography Sellers

Pornography producers and sellers account for the lion’s share of copyright-infringement lawsuits in the U.S. — and judges may have seen enough. The courts are cracking down on porn vendors that file thousands of lawsuits against people for downloading and …

Los Angeles Jury to Decide Damages Owed by Katy Perry for ‘Dark Horse’

A jury’s verdict that Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song represents a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist, and sets up a battle over …

Judge Rules Andy Warhol’s ‘Transformative’ Art Did Not Violate Photographer’s Copyright

Andy Warhol transcended a photographer’s copyright by transforming a picture of a vulnerable and uncomfortable Prince into an artwork that made the singer an “iconic, larger-than-life figure,” a judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl in Manhattan sided …

Blackbeard Ship Recovery Firm Fights States’ Immunity for Copyright Piracy

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a case involving the wreckage of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship to decide whether states can be sued for copyright infringement. The case will test a series of high court rulings in recent decades …

ABC Sued by Michael Jackson’s Estate for Music Copyright Infringement

Michael Jackson’s estate sued ABC on Wednesday, arguing that a special the network aired last week about the pop singer’s final days used his songs and music videos without permission. The copyright infringement lawsuit, which also names ABC’s corporate parent …

Music Streaming Firm Spotify Faces $1.6 Billion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher. Wixen, an …

It’s Complicated: U.S. Business Stance on China Over Intellectual Property Theft

U.S. businesses and trade groups are split over how forcefully to crack down on China over intellectual property theft, with some arguing the country is making progress on its own in enforcing protections and urging the Trump administration to use …