Netflix Sued for Glorifying Suicide in its Series, “13 Reasons Why”

Netflix Sued for Glorifying Suicide in its Series, “13 Reasons Why”

By Steven T. Lowe / December 2, 2021

On August 25, 2021, a proposed class action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, by the father of a 16-year-old girl who committed suicide, claiming that Netflix’s show, “13 Reasons Why” caused hundreds of children to commit suicide and further caused psychological harm to thousands of vulnerable youths…

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Disney Unable to Dodge Copyright Infringement Suit by Special Effects Company

By Steven T. Lowe / November 30, 2021

On August 16th, 2021, a Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of a special effects company, and against Disney, on a motion for summary judgement in a copyright infringement dispute. Disney used the special effects company’s technology to animate characters for blockbuster films including Beauty…

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Breach of Contract Case Against Bob Dylan Dismissed by NY Court

By Steven T. Lowe / November 23, 2021

On July 30th, 2021, a Supreme Court for the State of New York, dismissed a breach of contract suit over proceeds derived from the sale of rights in Bob Dylan’s album, Desire. (Note: “Supreme Court” is the designation given to the lowest level state courts in New York). Following its release in 1976, Desire topped…

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A Look Into the Weeknd’s Numerous Copyright Battles

By Steven T. Lowe / November 18, 2021

Continuously at the center of multiple copyright infringement lawsuits, Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer, Abel Tesfaye, professionally known as “the Weeknd,” has been the subject of a slew of copyright infringement lawsuits since 2015. Central to these lawsuits are allegations that the Weeknd has illegally copied substantial elements from various music created by others…

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Ninth Circuit Finds No “Public Performance Rights” For Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

By Steven T. Lowe / November 16, 2021

On August 23rd, 2021, the Ninth Circuit reversed a District Court ruling in a dispute between Sirius XM and founders of The Turtles, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (“Flo & Eddie”), that has been brewing for years.  In 2013, Flo & Eddie sued Sirius XM for copyright infringement on the grounds that Sirius XM “publicly…

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“Bachelor” Star Files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Downey

By Steven T. Lowe / November 11, 2021

On September 15, 2021, model and former “Bachelor” contestant Hannah Ann Sluss (“Sluss”) sued Procter & Gamble Company, Inc. (“P&G”) for copyright infringement, claiming that P&G is still using her image to sell products, even though its license to do so has long since expired. According to Sluss’s complaint, she licensed one of her modeling…

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Writer of Screenplay Sues Fox Over “Ad Astra” Film

By Steven T. Lowe / November 9, 2021

On July 21, 2021, writer and producer, Phillip Madison Jones, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Twentieth Century Fox and Creative Artists Agency (“CAA”) for allegedly stealing a screenplay that he had pitched to them. According to Jones, Twentieth Century’s 2019 film “Ad Astra” entirely…

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Showtime’s ‘Billions’ Beats Copyright Suit

By Steven T. Lowe / November 4, 2021

On July 12, 2021, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York’s finding that Showtime’s series “Billions” did not rip off a book about the psychology of risk in financial markets. Denise K. Shull, author of the book “Market Mind Games: A Radical…

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CBS Wins Dispute Over Judge Judy’s $47 Million Dollar Salary

By Steven T. Lowe / November 2, 2021

On July 30, 2021, a California appellate court ruled that CBS Corp. did not breach its obligations to share its profits with talent agency, Rebel Entertainment Partners Inc. (“Rebel”), when CBS Corp. voluntarily lowered their profits to increase Judith Sheindlin’s (“Judge Judy”) salary to $47 million. In 1995, Richard Lawrence, a show packager who started…

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Disney Reverses Defeat in Lengthy “Jungle Book” Dispute Over Royalties

By Steven T. Lowe / October 28, 2021

On July 7, 2021, the California Court of Appeals for the Second District ruled that Disney does not owe royalties to the adult children and heirs of the songwriter behind “The Bare Necessities,” a song featured in “The Jungle Book.” This decision overruled a lower court’s award of over $1 million in damages. The 1963…

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