Copyright Infringement Case Concerning Hit Song “You Raise Me Up” Comes To An Unfortunate End

Copyright Infringement Case Concerning Hit Song “You Raise Me Up” Comes To An Unfortunate End

By Steven T. Lowe / July 21, 2022

On April 25, 2022, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case concerning how different federal circuits analyze copyright infringement cases. The case that made its way to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court dealt with the allegation that Josh Groban’s hit song, “You Raise Me Up,” copied the Icelandic hit song,…

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Dismissal of Copyright Infringement Suit Regarding What Men Want is Affirmed by the 9th Circuit

By Steven T. Lowe / June 23, 2022

On March 3, 2022, a Ninth Circuit appellate panel upheld Judge Stanley Blumenfeld, Jr.’s granting of a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit regarding the 2019 film What Men Want. Joe Carlini (“Carlini”), author of an unpublished screenplay entitled What the F Is He Thinking?, filed suit in August 2015 against Paramount Pictures, Black…

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Louisiana Musician Re-Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against Drake

By Steven T. Lowe / June 14, 2022

On March 2, 2022, a Louisiana musician known as Sam Skully (“Skully”) filed a lawsuit in Louisiana federal court against recording artist “Drake” and Warner Music, among others, for allegedly stealing the instrumental from a song that Skully created, which Drake allegedly used in his hit singles “Nice for What” and “In My Feelings.” Skully…

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9th Circ. Affirms Dismissal of Copyright Infringement Case Involving the 2002 Hit Song, ‘You Raise Me Up’

By Steven T. Lowe / March 8, 2022

On November 29, 2021, a Ninth Circuit panel agreed with a lower court in putting an end to a copyright case over “You Raise Me Up,” saying major record labels and Spotify did not transform a 1977 hit from Iceland into the chart-topper sung by Josh Groban. The panel turned down arguments from Johannsongs-Publishing Ltd.,…

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Redbubble defeats Atari’s trademark and copyright infringement claims

By Steven T. Lowe / February 8, 2022

On November 4, 2021, a federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, handed a loss to Atari concluding its lawsuit against Redbubble for selling merchandise with images allegedly stolen from Atari’s video games like Pong and Asteroids, finding Redbubble did not infringe upon any of Atari’s intellectual property. The…

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Screenwriters Bring Copyright Infringement Suit Against Director Nate Parker’s Movie, “American Skin”

By Steven T. Lowe / February 1, 2022

On October 20, 2021, Plaintiffs Selton Shaw, Langston Shaw, and their production company, Changing the World Films, filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, for copyright infringement against multiple Defendants, including producers Spike Lee and Nate Parker. Shelton and Shaw are brothers who co-wrote the Screenplay, “A Routine Stop.”…

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Singer Sues Drake and Chris Brown for Copyright Infringement

By Steven T. Lowe / January 11, 2022

On October 5, 2021, Brandon Cooper, and his producer, Timothy Valentine, filed a copyright infringement suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Drake, Chris Brown, and seven other songwriters credited on Drake and Brown’s track “No Guidance.” “No Guidance” is an R&B Grammy-nominated song that landed at number…

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MTV prevails in Floribama in trademark case

By Steven T. Lowe / January 6, 2022

On September 22, 2021, a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida granted ViacomCBS’s summary judgment motion against MGFB Properties’ trademark infringement claim under the Lanham Act. The producers of MTV’s “Floribama Shore,” a spin-off of MTV’s popular “Jersey Shore” franchise, used the same name for their show as a restaurant in Florida…

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The Copyright Infringement Lawsuit By Dr. Seuss Enterprises Against ComicMix Over the Star Trek “Mashup” Finally Settles

By Steven T. Lowe / December 28, 2021

After a years-long battle between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and ComicMix LLC, the two have finally settled the copyright infringement lawsuit, which was initially filed by the famed author’s estate over Dr. Seuss/Star Trek mashup book entitled “Oh the Places You’ll Boldly Go.” On October 5, 2021, Dr. Suess Enterprises, the group that controls the famous…

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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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