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Amateurism Lives To Fight Another Day in O’Bannon v. NCAA

This five year old lawsuit asked if the NCAA’s amateurism rules against compensation for student athletes were in violation of the antitrust laws. The core that made the litigation possible in the first place was the expanding willingness of state … Continue reading

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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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Writers Picking Titles

The Indianapolis Business Journal and publications around the country picked up the story of author Emily Schultz and her Tumblr blog on spending money from mistaken online purchases of her novel Joyland. Mistaken because people apparently thought they were buying … Continue reading

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Alice Corp Goes Through Supreme Court’s Looking Glass

The Supreme Court may be separated five to four across a cultural divide, but they have a run going of unanimous decisions on intellectual property. Today’s is another “long awaited” one which some commentators expected to be the end of … Continue reading

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A Lesson for Bars and Restaurants Who Want to Fight Music Licenses

BMI sells copyright licenses allowing bars and restaurants to play any of its 8.5 million musical works on behalf of over 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers.  A golf course restaurant in Canton, Ohio ignored warnings they needed a license … Continue reading

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