The Rights To Your Own Body

The Rights To Your Own Body

By Steven T. Lowe / May 6, 2020

On February 1, 2016, Solid Oak Sketches LLC filed a copyright lawsuit in Manhattan against 2K Games, Inc. and Take Two Interactive Software, Inc., the companies responsible for creating the NBA2K video game franchise, for allegedly infringing tattoo artists copyrights in the tattoos they tattooed on LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe, and Kenyon Martin in versions 2K14, 2K15, and 2K16. On…

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Megan Thee Stallion Clears The Hurdle of Arbitration

By Steven T. Lowe / May 1, 2020

On April 13, 2020, Harris County District Judge Robert K. Schaffer in Houston ruled in favor of rapper Megan Thee Stallion in a dispute with her record label 1501 Certified Entertainment LLC (“1501”). In a one sentence order, Judge Schaffer denied the Defendants’ request to compel arbitration. Megan Thee Stallion, real name Megan Pete, filed…

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The Aftershock of Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin: The “Dark Horse” case

By Steven T. Lowe / April 2, 2020

There is already an extremely slim chance that any copyright infringement case against the Hollywood power structure ever makes it to trial; even if this occurs and you miraculously win your case against the finest lawyers that the entertainment industry can buy, judges can and will exercise their right to overturn your hard-earned verdict. That…

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The Led Zeppelin Decision: A Mixed Bag

By Steven T. Lowe / March 12, 2020

The March 9, 2020 decision of the eleven Justices of the en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin is not all bad for creators. Plaintiff Michael Skidmore, the Trustee of the Estate of deceased songwriter, Randy Wolfe, a member of the rock band Spirit, sued Led Zeppelin in 2014, claiming the iconic song Stairway to…

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Paramount, BET hit with Copyright Infringement Suit

By Steven T. Lowe / November 6, 2019

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

By Steven T. Lowe / October 31, 2019

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?

By Steven T. Lowe / October 7, 2019

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

By Steven T. Lowe / August 1, 2019

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

By Steven T. Lowe / August 1, 2019

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

By Steven T. Lowe / July 17, 2019

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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