Monthly Archives: January 2015

New Voices Cover Flo & Eddie’s State Copyright Song

Hit songs produce cover versions by different artists who perform the original in their own style. Sometimes the cover version eclipses the original and becomes the standard everyone remembers. It’s too soon to know how big a hit Flo & … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Gives Power Back to Juries in Trademark Cases

If the wording or design of your trademark has evolved over the years, the decision on Wednesday in Hana Financial v. Hana Bank is important. It is the second in a row this week where our top court endorsed the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Gives Power Back to Trial Courts in Patent Cases

The Supreme Court today issued a 7-2 decision which should go a long way to reduce almost automatic appeals in patent cases. The Federal Circuit appeals court was created to handle all patent appeals. The Roberts Court has been telling … Continue reading

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Flo & Eddie Must Choose Which Victory They Want in New York

Judge Colleen McMahon yesterday handed Flo & Eddie a take-your-pick win in their New York federal court lawsuit for pre-1972 performance royalties against SiriusXM. They asked for summary judgment that Sirius is liable to them for common law copyright infringement. … Continue reading

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The Iggy Azalea Injunction

The music business streams into courtrooms story after story of the grimy details behind a commercial success. Amethyst Kelly is the Australian rapper and model known as Iggy Azalea who achieved fast fame in both occupations after coming to America. … Continue reading

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Federal Circuit Hands Gore a $1Billion Loss

The Federal Circuit appeals court ruled today Bard Peripheral Vascular and David Goldfarb, M.D. are owed a billion dollars by W.L. Gore & Associates for willful patent infringement. The litigation has been going forever, and the decision today is the … Continue reading

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Marvin Gaye’s Heirs v. Pharrell Wiliams and Robin Thicke—No Music Played to the Jury?

Unless they make a deal or the court puts it off, a jury trial will begin Feb. 10 to decide if the copyrights in Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” and “After the Dance” were infringed by Pharrell Williams … Continue reading

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