Author Archives: Craig Pinkus

About Craig Pinkus

Craig Pinkus is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group. He also is a member of the Litigation and the Sports, Entertainment and Media Groups. He assists clients with a broad range of disputes and transactions involving all areas of intellectual property, entertainment, and other complex business arrangements. He has conducted trials and arbitrations throughout the United States and has argued appeals before the Seventh, Sixth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Indiana appellate courts, and United States Supreme Court.

The Tortuous Path to Fashion Design Copyright Protection

There is a steady stream of music copyright cases in federal court. Lawsuits over clothing designs are few and far between. Depending on the source, US music industry revenue is about $15 to $30 billion. Clothing industry revenue in the … Continue reading

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Village Person Wins Legal Fees in Key Copyright Termination Case

Victor Willis is a songwriter and original member of the Village People. He wore the police and naval officer costumes. His writing credits include “Y.M.C.A.” Like most then and many now, he transferred his copyrights to others. Village People songs … Continue reading

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Record Labels Make Sirius XM Deal While Flo & Eddie Keep Fighting

Last Friday SiriusXM filed a report with the Securities Exchange Commission saying it was paying $210 million to the three major labels and ABKO records to settle the labels’ me-too Flo & Eddie lawsuit against it. It’s the closest thing … Continue reading

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Flo & Eddie Lose in Florida

When I learned Flo & Eddie filed lawsuits in California, New York and Florida seeking internet radio royalties for their pre-1972 Turtles recordings unprotected by federal copyright law, my first reaction was California and New York make a lot of … Continue reading

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Common Sense Wins on Expired Patent Royalties at Supreme Court

The US Supreme court just issued its opinion in Kimble v Marvel Entertainment affirming its 1964 decision which applied common sense to the question of whether patent royalties can still be owed after the patent expires. The answer is still … Continue reading

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Flo & Eddie’s California Class Action is Certified

Remember Flo & Eddie are the artists famous for being The Turtles and working with Frank Zappa who are the pioneer avengers seeking internet radio royalties for artists who made great pre-1972 recordings. Federal judge Philip S. Gutierrez in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Marvin Gaye’s Heirs Awarded $7.4 Million for Blurred Lines

The women and men of the jury read their verdict a few minutes ago. I wrote in January there would be a trial if the parties didn’t settle. And the court ruled before the trial that Marvin Gaye’s heirs could … Continue reading

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