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Blurb: The historic photo orchestrated by Ellen Degeneres during Sunday night’s Academy Awards may not belong to Degeneres but instead to Bradley Cooper, one of the A-list actors who appears in the photo.
District Court Judge Dale Kimball issues a preliminary injunction on Aereo prohibiting it to provide services to Utah residence.
When we listen to music, the distinction between a remix, mash-up, or sampling is somewhat blurry and immaterial to our ears. The legal significance, however, is great to songwriters and artists alike, leading many to oppose the creation of a compulsory license that would allow anyone to create remixes and mashups without songwriter permission.
Ann Dieleman is an executive with the ARAG Group, a German legal insurance firm. When Ms. Dieleman noticed her picture on the blog “Sexy Exec’s,”, she was less than pleased. The photo was posted in …
Google has pulled the application Themer from its Google Play platform due to a copyright infringement complaint made by Apple. Themer has over 1 million downloads and offers over 200 different themes for users to access. The complaint marks a victory for Apple in the cellphone wars, and keeps Google users from having the iOS 7 theme on Android phones.
Apple filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint against Google, claiming that the application Themer had a theme called “seven,” which allowed users to give Android phones an iOS 7 theme–Apple’s signature theme. A mobile theme is the general look and feel of a mobile phone’s user interface. It includes color schemes for menus and highlights as well as background images. Apple specifically claimed copyright infringement regarding the icons users could use in Themer. This comes after Apple redesigned its theme to try and improve the experience for iPhone users. Apple had been using the same icons since the original release of the Apple iPhone in 2007. Since that time Apple has faced steep competition from other tech companies in the smartphone department, specifically from Google’s Android phone.
Google has continued to take away Apple’s smartphone market share. An application like Themer would allow Android users to style their phone similar to that of Apples, further taking away Apple’s market share. Google removed the Themer application from the Google App Store. In response to the removal Themer has removed the iOS7 theme and is currently in the process of trying to be featured again in Google’s App store. In order to be featured again Themer has filed for reinstatement with Google. Google has not commented on the reinstatement.
The European Union Court of Justice recently decided on the legality of linking to third party materials from another website. The decision comes as a result of a legal battle between a Swedish newspaper and a website owner, who had been linking to the paper’s articles from a different website.
Voltage Pictures, the production company behind the Oscar-nominated film Dallas Buyers Club, has sued thirty-one anonymous BitTorrent users in federal court in Texas for copyright infringement. Voltage states that it used “geolocation technology” to identify …
A Virginia photography company owned by Andrew Shurtleff has sued Kentucky Sports Radio for using photographs without permission. The photographs were taken between 2009 and 2011 at high school basketball camps for ESPN’s website.
It’s hard to imagine a world without user generated content websites – think social media – but wrongful takedown notices sent to websites may lead to liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
After sharing a screenplay for one of his unreleased films with a select group, film writer Quentin Tarantino learned that it had been leaked and was available for download on at least two different websites – Gawker and AnonFiles. Tarantino then filed this copyright infringement action seeking an injunction among other relief.