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Court finds photographer held copyright to Marilyn Monroe images

In a fascinating narrative, a federal judge in New York has found that the successors-in-interest of deceased photographer Bert Stern own the copyright to 2,751 iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe taken in a series of three sessions at the Los Angeles Bel-Air Hotel in 1962, shortly before her untimely death. 

US Supreme Court: When can copyright owners sue for infringement?

On the U.S. Supreme Court’s current docket is a major copyright case called Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, which will decide at what point in the federal copyright registration process the copyright owner can file a lawsuit in federal court for infringement of the copyright. 

When can there be copyright protection for street art?

At our law firm, we help people protect intellectual property rights in their creative works using copyright law. Commonly copyright-protected types of works include music, art, software and books and others. A developing area of copyright law is the extent to which graffiti — now dubbed aerosol art, according to The New York Times — can obtain copyright protection. 

Does Marvin Gaye family victory "blur the lines" of copyright?

On March 21, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld significant parts of a trial court opinion that awarded $5.3 million to Marvin Gaye's children. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were found to have infringed on Gaye's 1977 song "Got to Give It Up" in their 2013 song "Blurred Lines." 

Redbox and Disney battling things out in copyright law dispute

Those in Kansas and Missouri who own copyrights may want to pay close attention to a current dispute between The Walt Disney Co. and a movie rental company. The classic family feature film giant is upset about certain products Redbox provides its customers in kiosks at supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the nation. Disney recently lost a round in the ongoing copyright law battle when a judge denied its request for a preliminary injunction.

Judge's copyright law ruling has many on edge

Many Kansas and Missouri residents frequent online social network sites. There are also many people in these and other states who enjoy uploading photographs they've taken to various internet venues to share them with others and invite public comments. A man who did just that wound up in a legal battle over copyright law, and according to the judge that recently heard the case, he won.

2 more music stars battling over copyright law

A recent post on this blog discussed litigation that has erupted between an Australian song-writing team and several major music stars in the United States that many fans in Kansas and Missouri have been following. It seems another battle has arisen on the music front this week. Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, known on stage as Lana Del Rey has come out fighting, saying she intends to resolve the copyright law problem she is having with Radiohead in court.

McGraw, Hill and Sheeran accused of breaking copyright law

Millions of country music and pop music fans in Kansas and Missouri, as well as many other states throughout the nation, are familiar with married singing duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. It's also hard to find someone who hasn't heard of Ed Sheeran; yet, not many may be aware that the three are currently named as co-defendants in a copyright law infringement case. The central issue in the lawsuit has to do with a song Sheeran wrote for McGraw and Hill to record together.

Company that sells its newsletters makes copyright law accusation

Missouri and Kansas business owners whose ventures include publishing and selling periodicals of some sort may wish to keep close tabs on a developing situation in another state. Copyright law is at the center of a debate where a publisher that sells its newsletters (at a rather expensive price) to subscribers claims some clients have broken the law by sharing their newsletters for free with non-subscribers. All told, there were over a dozen businesses that were being sued by the publisher.

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