Nicki Gets Slammed by Malcolm X Estate

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Nicki’s new single album cover depicts Malcolm X holding a rifle. The estate of the late civil rights movement leader weren’t to happy about the use of the image?

Read the whole story here: http://hosdi.eu/1hqqZjD

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Robinson Crusoe; Public Domain; Protectable Elements

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Claude Robinson is $4MM richer, thanks to the high court in Canada.

The short of the story is that Claude pitched an animated educational children show that contained elements of the “Robinson Crusoe” story, which was originally published in 1719.

The production companies who received the pitch later produced a show that, according to the Canadian courts, was substantially similar and contained elements that warranted protection despite Claude’s project having been based on a property that is based on a property that is within the public domain.

For a further explanation, see the full article HERE.

Vimeo Lawsuit; Headed to Appellate Court

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For all those Vimeo users, here is an article about a copyright lawsuit currently being litigated by Vimeo and Record Companies.

*Does this remind anyone of the Record Company v. YouTube lawsuit?

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A copyright infringement lawsuit against Vimeo, owned by Barry Diller’s IAC, has taken another step forward after a federal judge in New York issued a new ruling on Tuesday…

For more, read here.

2014 Kickoff; Hollywood’s Top Cop

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2013 will forever be remembered as a year when Hollywood earned two meaningful judgements in the efforts to protect the industry against piracy. Now, in 2014, Hollywood’s to cop, Steve Frabizio faces more challenges, and bigger enemies.

To see the article, click HERE!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM HDPC!

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Copyright Infringement; NBCUni

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Ever wonder why most production companies do not permit the submission of unsolicited treatments, scripts, outlines, etc.?

In a recent case that was filed in the Central District of California, the judge dismissed the plaintiff’s copyright infringement claim of substantial similarity related to a veterinarian themed sitcom.

DuckHole, Inc. v. NBC Universal Media LLC et al. centered on the claim that a treatment for a sitcom entitled PETS was substantially similar to the NBC show, Animal Practice, which, at this time, is cancelled.

To summarize the court’s opinion, “a show about an animal hospital is itself too generic to be protectable, and the elements that DuckHole alleged to appear in Animal Hospital were scenes a faire flowing naturally from the generic idea of a show about an animal hospital.  In their expressions – even in the expression of the Halloween costume contest and pet eating chocolate story fragments – the works were ‘wholly different,’ containing ‘no similarity, much less substantial similarity.’”

For a more detailed read, you can check out fellow legal bloggers over at CDAS, HERE.

Bond; Lawsuit Settlement

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The family of Kevin McClory, reputed to have proposed the idea of making 007 films, sells its stake in the iconic character.

To read more, click HERE

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Supreme Court; Fair Use

The Supreme Court of the United States decides not to hear appeal in Cariou v. Prince, a case about the “fair use” of another work of art.

For more details, check out fellow Bloggers from Greenberg Glusker at the Law Law Land Blog.

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Thicke v. Gaye

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The family of Marvin Gaye is suing Robin Thicke for Copyright infringement, claiming that Thicke stole two songs from the late Marvin Gaye.

The family claims, “that Thicke not only stole Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” for his mega-hit “Blurred Lines,” but also lifted Gaye’s “After the Dance” for his track “Love After War.'”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in California, follows Thicke’s own preemptive lawsuit in August that sought to protect him from the Gaye family’s allegations that “Blurred Lines” uses the same “feel” and “sound” as Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”

The latest suit contends that Thicke is guilty of a “blatant copying of a constellation of distinctive and significant compositional elements of Marvin Gaye’s classic No. 1 song, ‘Got to Give It Up.’”

The Gayes cite interviews given by Thicke to GQ and Billboard as evidence that he deliberately boosted Gaye’s sound for “Blurred Lines.”

What are your thoughts?

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