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Paramount, BET hit with Copyright Infringement Suit

On September 25, 2019, Screenwriter Joe Gregory Carlini filed a lawsuit in California federal court against Paramount and BET, claiming the Los Angeles-based studio and television network stole the plot from his 2014 screenplay “What The F Is He Thinking?” and used it in the film “What Men Want” starring Taraji Henson. According to Carlini,…

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Taylor Swift Can’t Shake Off the “Playas Gonna Play” Copyright Lawsuit

On October 28, 2019, the Ninth Circuit of California reversed the dismissal of a copyright infringement lawsuit against Taylor Swift in connection with the song “Shake it off”. Swift and the songwriters of “Shake it off” were accused of copying the lyrics from the song “Players Gon’ Play” by girl group “3LW,” written by songwriters…

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Is it Worth Suing for Defamation?

Defamation is a civil cause of action that creates a great amount of stir when a case is filed. Defamation occurs when a person: makes a false statement of fact about you or your business; the statement was published (made to a third party); the person who made the statement did so negligently, recklessly, or…

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DEFAMATION CLAIMS NOT REQUIRED FOR PRESUIT NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR BOOKS AND MOVIES

On July 10, 2019, a Florida appeals court found that defamation contained in books and movies are not covered by a presuit retraction requirement for defamation suits; refusing to dismiss the claims of the grandson of former Columbian President Mariano Ospina Perez Francisco Javier Ospina Baraya’s (“Ospina”), that claimed that the book “The Infiltrator” and…

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AYKROYD’S CRYSTAL HEAD VODKA LITIGATING AGAIN

On July 8, 2019, Dan Aykroyd’s company, Globefill Inc. (“Globefill”), has filed another lawsuit against a liquor company for infringing the Crystal Head trademark. Globefill filed the lawsuit against a Mexican tequila maker, Matatena Spirits S.A. de C.V. (“Matatena”), alleging that it knocked off the Crystal Head iconic head-shaped bottle. In the complaint, Globefill claims…

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CASE AGAINST ED SHEERAN WILL WAIT FOR ZEPPELIN DECISION BEFORE GOING TO TRIAL

Following up on our July 15, 2018 article entitled “Sheeran/Gaye Lawsuit Headed To Jury Trial”: On July 2, 2019, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, Louis L. Stanton, continued the jury trial scheduled for September 11, 2019, over whether Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” infringes Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,”…

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THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION PREVAILS IN “PRINCE” COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT

On July 1, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge of the Southern District of New York, John G. Koeltl, held that an Andy Warhol series of prints featuring legendary pop artist, Prince, does not infringe upon the copyright of the photographer who originally took the photograph. Judge Koeltl ruled that the Warhol series is “transformative” of…

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COLOR ME BADD STILL TOURING DESPITE CONTINUED CONFLICTS, INCLUDING TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT CLAIMS BETWEEN ITS OWN MEMBERS

On July 1, 2019, a member of well-known ‘90s R&B group, Color Me Badd, filed a lawsuit in Indiana federal court against another member alleging he misappropriated the band’s trademark while trying to pursue his solo career. CMB Entertainment LLC (“CMB”) and lead singer of Color Me Badd, Bryan Abrams (“Abrams”), are seeking to stop…

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COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIM AGAINST MILEY CYRUS WILL HAVE ITS DAY IN COURT

Following up on our February 25, 2019, article entitled “Miley Cyrus Will Face Lawsuit Over Copyright Infringement Claims Over ‘We Can’t Stop’”: On June 28, 2019, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Lewis Kaplan, ruled that copyright infringement claims against Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit song “We Can’t Stop” will…

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“EMPIRE” COPYRIGHT CASE AGAINST FOX REJECTED BY U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THIRD TIME AFTER THE 9TH CIRCUIT REVERSED A PREVIOUS DECISION FOR DEFENDANT FOX

Following up on our August 8, 2018 article entitled “Ninth Circuit Revives Lawsuit Against Fox Regarding ‘Empire’”: On June 14, 2019, U.S. District Judge of the Central District of California, Percy Anderson, again tossed the lawsuit against Fox Television which claimed that plaintiffs’ unproduced “treatment” was the basis of the television show “Empire.” This recent…

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