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Copyright law protects decorative features on cheerleading uniform, SCOTUS rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that copyright law protects decorative features on a cheerleading uniform, resolving what it calls “widespread …

Copyright

What the Supreme Court’s First Ruling on Fashion Copyrights Means for the Runway

On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled in the <i>Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands</i> case, which centered on the issue of copyrighting the chevron, stripe, and other patterns of cheerleading uniforms. To laypeople, this was the case that gave the world the justices’ unforgettable banter about fashion and …

Supreme Court Says You Can Copyright Elements Of 'Useful Articles' -- Which May Spell Disaster For 3D Printing & More

Last summer, we wrote about a potentially important case going to the Supreme Court, technically about the copyright design of cheerleading uniforms. …

Extracted

Painter Bethany Brooke on Why Selling Art Isn't Always For the Artist

When it comes to selling art work, an artist can take the route of a co-operative gallery, online sales, art fairs, anything that can get them exposure and put their art into the eyes of inquisitive buyers. The question of <i>how</i> comes with a myriad of answers, all part of the complex, beautiful, …

Fair Trade Music and DotBlockchain

<b>Fair Trade Music and the Dot Blockchain Music Project: Building the Future Music Industry (Pt1)</b><p>Put on your thinking caps, we’re going to delve into …

McDonald’s Has a Graffiti Problem: Graffiti Artists and Their Lawyers

Burger chain is accused of stealing urban ‘taggers’ work in Europe; Norm’s lament<p>When McDonald’s Corp. recently introduced a grungy, graffiti-themed décor to restaurants across its European market, the company hailed the new design as “exciting and fresh.”<p>Graffiti artists have a different …

McDonald's

Copyright owners beware! Supreme Court judgment defines author's distribution rights anew

In light of a European Court of Justice ruling, the Supreme Court recently overturned its earlier interpretation of an author's exclusive …

Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? review – a daft idea is not art

Shards of sanity occasionally poked through the foaming sea of artistic madness in this exploration of 100 years of conceptualism<p>When it comes to the question “What is art?”, I stand firmly in the camp of Jack Donaghy, head of TV and microwave programming in 30 Rock. It is pictures of horses. If …

Art

How Artists Are Fighting Back against the Fashion Industry’s Plagiarism Problem

How YouTube Is Fixing Its Most Controversial Feature

When it launched in 2007, YouTube’s copyright control system was far from perfect. But Content ID has grown smarter and more lucrative.<p>When Google bought the world’s biggest user-generated video site in 2006, the company knew it could also be be acquiring the world’s biggest legal headache. So a …

Music Industry’s Latest Piracy Threat: Stream Ripping

Apps and sites let users turn streamed songs into MP3s<p>By<p>Hannah Karp<p>Hannah Karp<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>hannah.karp@wsj.com<p>Earlier this year, a federal judge shut down the free music-download site Mp3skull.com and awarded $22 million to the record companies that had sued it for copyright …

Apps

Inside YouTube's War With the Music Industry

Last year, Deadmau5 sent his lawyer, Dina LaPolt, a Skype message: "Please shut this down." He'd found a YouTube channel with 400 unauthorized videos …

Tech Industry

Talking to the Indie Artists Fighting Back Against Zara's Copyright Thievery - PAPER

On Tuesday Bassen's instagram there are cheerful photos of chenille strawberry patches, skater girls wearing rainbow print bikinis, and pins with phrases like "erase you" and "mixed emotions club." The Los Angeles-based designer shares images of her work with over 156,000 followers, who comment …

Social Media

Judge Dismisses NBA 2K Tattoo Copyright Suit

All the things she said.<p>Take-Two Interactive has won the dismissal of a lawsuit over claims the NBA 2K series used copyrighted tattoos on its digital …

Paul George

The Music Industry's Top Lawyers 2016: Who Made the List?

Guiding the deal that will earn $750 million for ­Michael Jackson’s heirs, John Branca leads the roster of 41 of the top legal minds in the music …

12 Artists Are Accusing Zara of Stealing Their Designs

Zara has been selling products that fans of some lesser known designers may have noticed look very familiar.<p>While at least a dozen indie artists are …

It's OK to hack your own car, US copyright authorities rule

Owners can alter software without breaching carmakers’ intellectual property rights, says Library of Congress, though any changes must not break law<p>Car owners and security experts can tinker with automobile software without incurring US copyright liability, according to newly issued guidelines that …

General Motors

Does architecture need to be original?

There was one lawyer in the audience of Law x Copy, a symposium held at the Center for Architecture as part of Un/Fair Use, an exhibition on architecture and copyright law earlier this month – and she left before the Q&A.<p>To be fair, the proceedings did run long. But perhaps she also sensed that the …

Soil

America's broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.<p>If they succeed, one of America’s most controversial technology laws will be struck down, and countries all over …

Bill Clinton

Kurt Sutter Slams Google, Argues for DMCA Update

<i>In late June, an article</i> <i>published in</i> The Hill <i>by lawyer Marvin Ammori slammed the music industry's latest attempt to significantly rewrite the Digital</i> …

Jack White

Making Fair Use More Fair: Understanding Copyright Reform with Attorney Jack Lerner

It goes without saying, but the current digital world has empowered creators with access to all sorts of dextrous technological tools—including the …

Judge says IP address alone can’t prove copyright infringement

Faced with the hordes on the Internet downloading their content without paying, some copyright holders have adopted a very aggressive tactic. Armed …

Ip Address

Democratizing Copyright

The internet has changed almost everything, except copyright.<p>Copyright is one of the most important parts of the world economy. It protects all …

YouTube to update 'Content ID,' bringing hope to professional YouTubers

YouTube's automated Content ID system is meant to catch potential copyright violations almost as soon as they happen.<p>But as Canadian YouTube star …

The Unoriginal Originality of Led Zeppelin

Legal cases involving claims of musical plagiarism often lead to strange eruptions of musicological discourse in the halls of justice. Not long ago, the heirs of Marvin Gaye alleged that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’s song “Blurred Lines” infringed upon the copyright of Gaye’s “Got to Give It …

Understanding YouTube's Copyright Laws

For the most part, YouTube is easy to use. You create a video, upload it, and then promote it. That’s simple, right?<p>While it’s simple on the outside, …

Internet

Free Images for Blogs and Marketing (46 sites)

Free images for blogs are important as the owners don’t usually make a lot of income from their sites. Marketers working for businesses also need …

Web Design

US Copyright Office Says Animal Authors Aren't Protected by Copyright

Earlier this month I wrote here that it would be very difficult to argue that a monkey could create a copyrightable work. Seems I was right.<p>The US …

Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am Being Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Song 'Damn Girl'

Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am (né Will Adams) are being sued for their collaborative work on the song “Damn Girl” which was featured on …

Music