baby-toes.jpgIPNews® – ABC and Yahoo are being sued for the use a California father’s live stream of his son’s birth.

The father is stating that the companies did not have permission to use the video.  ABC and Yahoo claim that the event was newsworthy and that only a small portion was used thus it was a “fair use” that did not require permission.  To continue reading, click: Father Sues for Copyright Infringement After Live Streaming Baby’s Birth

cat-licking.jpgIPNews® – The owners of famous feline Grumpy Cat filed a lawsuit against its coffee maker licensee Grenade Beverage.  

The lawsuit claims that Grenade used the famous Grumpy Cat images and trademark on t-shirts without authorization.  The lawsuit also alleges that Grenade did not give Grumpy Cat LLC a percentage of the Grumppuccino profits or provide sales and profit numbers.  To continue reading, click: Grumpy Cat Sues Grenade Beverage for Copyright Infringement

tattoo.jpgIPNews® – A federal judge has ruled that Solid Oaks, a tattoo artist company, cannot seek statutory damages or attorney’s fees in its copyright infringement lawsuit.  

The lawsuit was brought against Take-Two Interactive Software and 2K Games over the use of the tattoos in video games starting in 2013.  Take-Two claims the use qualifies as fair use and is de minimis.  To continue reading, click: Statutory Copyright Damages Not Available in Lebron James Tattoo Lawsuit

stairway.jpgIPNews® – The ongoing saga of the case of copyright infringement between Led Zeppelin and the trust of Randy Wolfe has finally ended, with the jury finding in Led Zeppelin’s favor.

After Jimmy Page and Robert Plant testified, a federal court jury decided that they did not steal part of “Taurus” when writing their famous song “Stairway to Heaven.” “Taurus” is a song written by Wolfe in the 1960’s when he was part of the band Spirit.  To continue reading, click: Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven is not a Copyright Infringement

pie.jpgIPNews® – Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is demanding that Google take down several unflattering images of him that have been used as part of an Internet meme mocking his physical appearance.

Photos taken of Rose have been republished on the Internet making fun of his weight with headlines like: “OMFG Axl Rose is fat.”  In response, the Guns N’ Roses lead singer has turned to copyright in his attempts to remove the images.  To continue reading, click: Axl Rose claims Copyright Infringement in Trying to Remove Unflattering Photos

music-sheet.jpgIPNews® – Justin Bieber and Skrillex are fighting back against copyright infringement claims related to their multi-platinum song “Sorry.”

A suit filed in Nashville federal court by singer-songwriter Casey Dienel, who performs as White Hinterland, claims that “Sorry” uses a vocal riff from her song “Ring the Bell”.  The sound in question is a female vocal riff which is sampled and processed electronically to sound more like an instrument.  To continue reading, click: Justin Bieber and Skrillex Sued for Copyright Infringement

stairway.jpgIPNews® – A case against Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement over the song Stairway to Heaven will go to trial.

In the case a band named Spirit claims that Led Zeppelin copied the chord sequence from Spirit’s song “Taurus” in the song “Stairway to Heaven.”  The case survived a statute of limitations defense because Stairway to Heaven was recently remaster and reissued.  To continue reading, click: Copyright Case over “Stairway to Heaven” Heads to Trial

vote.jpgIPNews® – Wildlife photographers Wendy Shattil and Robert Rozinski are suing Donald Trump’s campaign for copyright infringement, after one of their photos was found on merchandise for the GOP candidate.

The Denver-based photographers claim their photo “Bald Eagle Portrait” has appeared on Trump campaign materials without their permission.  Attorneys for the couple are asking for a District Court judge to find Trump’s campaign liable for direct and indirect copyright infringement.  To continue reading, click: Trump Campaign Sued for Copyright Infringement for Using Bald Eagle Photo

wave.jpgIPNews® – Cardiff 101 Main Street, a non-profit representing a San Diego beach community, is suing the Cardiff Kook Run over its use of a copyrighted surfer statue image.  The surfer statute has become a favorite of pranksters who try to one up each other by dressing the statute in strange garb.

Cardiff 101 Main Street claims that the Cardiff Kook Run knowingly used the image without compensation, while the Cardiff Kook Run is claiming it had no knowledge that the statue was protected by copyright.  To continue reading, click: Cardiff Kook Surfer Statue is Center of Copyright Lawsuit