On June 1st, 2021, Michael McLeer, an internationally known NYC street artist, represented a class of artists in a federal court class action. According to McLeer, a new New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) street cleanup program is unconstitutionally wiping away graffiti without asking property owners if they wanted the art removed. In his complaint,…

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On May 17, 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (i.e., the court of appeals for federal cases brought in California) affirmed a District Court decision against soul singer, Lenny Williams (“Williams”). Williams claimed that Warner Brothers Records (“Warner Brothers”) underreported its total revenue from international streaming of its artists’ music by “improperly assessing an…

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On May 13, 2021, a New York State Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision granting summary Jagainst a Manhattan jeweler, Crown Jewels Estate Jewelry, Inc. (“Crown Jewels”), in a suit for breach of contract. Crown Jewels sued its insurer, Lloyd’s of London (“Lloyd’s”) because Lloyd denied Crown Jewels’ insurance claim after Crown Jewels…

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On July 7th, 2021, in a unanimous, unpublished decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s finding that entrepreneur Damon “Dame” Dash (“Dash”) was guilty of copyright infringement. The ruling held that Dash infringed upon the copyright of an upstart author/filmmaker named Edwyna Brooks (“Brooks”) movie “Mafietta” when Dash placed it for…

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On June 30th, 2021, New York Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter’s sided with pop star Kesha on a critical issue in a lawsuit against her claiming that she defamed music producer, Dr. Luke, by accusing him of rape. Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, a producer who has worked with Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and many others,…

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On April 27th, 2021, the Grammy-winning pop singer Lizzo claims about the copyright owner of the hit song “Truth Hurts” once and for all. Three unknown music artists accused Lizzo of refusing to acknowledge their role in creating her song “Truth Hurts.” Among other things, the artists Justin Raisen, Jeremiah Raisen, and Yves Rothman (the…

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On May 13, 2021, Google reached a tentative settlement to resolve three copyright lawsuits in which the owners of a variety of master recordings (“the owners”) alleged that Google sold pirated versions of over 270 of their master recordings. Two of the three suits involved the rights to Harry Arlen’s music. Arlen’s works have been…

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