Category Archives: Copyright

Making a Federal Case Out of Your Trade Secrets: DTSA Creates Federal Civil Action for Trade Secret Owners

Authored by Andrew McNeil Want to make a federal case out of your trade secrets? It got easier to do just that after President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) into law on May 11, 2016. … Continue reading

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Flo & Eddie’s California Dreams Still Alive

I’ve been writing since 2014 about the quest by Flo & Eddie, the former Turtles, to win copyright royalties under state law for their pre-1972 records which federal copyright law doesn’t protect. The latest chapter ended yesterday when Judge Gutierrez … 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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Want to Copyright Recipes? Maybe They Should Rhyme

A Cleveland food fight between former partners is a lesson on the limits of copyright protection. Restaurants open and close faster than ever. Big investments become total losses, and teams turn into opposing parties in court. It’s understandable that people … Continue reading

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“Copyright and the Music Marketplace” Released Today

The US Copyright office released the 200+ page report a few hours ago. It tries to put today’s broken system of copyright protection of music into historical context and proposes compromises intended to be fair to all interested parties. You … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Flo & Eddie Getting Closer to Pre-1972 Sound Recordings Payday

The holidays have a pre-1972 soundtrack. If you shopped in stores in America, you heard it. Possibly the largest selling single in the history of recorded music, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” was recorded in 1942. Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” … Continue reading

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