monkey.jpgIPNews® – A federal judge in California ruled against a monkey in the case filed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  

The case centered on ownership rights over photos taken by a monkey with a nature photographer’s camera.  PETA argued the monkey should get proceeds from the sales of a book

birthday.jpgIPNews® – The copyright to the song “Happy Birthday” was recently ruled invalid by a federal judge. 

The judge determined that Warner/Chappell Music held the right to the melody and the piano arrangements based on the melody, but not the rights to the lyrics.  As a result of the decision Warner/Chappell may be forced to

monkey.jpgIPNews® – A lawsuit filed by PETA seeks to give a monkey copyright ownership to photos it took in 2011.  

PETA claims the definition of authorship under the U.S. Copyright Act is broad enough to include animals.  Thus far the U.S. Copyright Office has stated that it will not grant copyrights to non-humans.  To

vote.jpgIPNews® – Rand Paul’s race for Presidency didn’t necessarily get off to a good start. 

To promote his campaign, he created a YouTube video featuring his announcement for candidacy.  Unfortunately for him, YouTube’s “Content ID” system flagged and removed the video because it used a song by John Rich without permission.    To continue reading, click:

Teddy bear.jpgIPNews® – A Los Angeles Federal court ruled that Seth McFarlane’s “Ted” does not constitute as a copyright infringement of “Charlie” another wild teddy bear.

“Ted” the vulgar teddy bear movie star was claimed to be a copyright infringement by a production company famous for also portraying a not-so-cuddly bear.  A federal Judge ruled that

shark.jpgIPNews® – A legal debate over copyright ownership of the dancing “Left Shark” from the Super Bowl half time show has gone viral.   

Katy Perry’s alleged ownership over her half-time shark intellectual property has created a stir as sellers of related products are fighting back in response to the legal claims.  The debate heated