Recorded before a studio audience: Fair Use, Happy Birthday, Monkey Selfie and more

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This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Dallas Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law section CLE luncheon on September 23, 2015. thanks to the Section for inviting us!

 


SHOW NOTES

Canada Officially Extends Copyright Term to 70 Years – correction

We have to correct ourselves.  In our last episode, we mistakenly reported that Canada’s copyright term had been extended to “Life Plus 70 Years”.  In fact, however, the 70 year term applies only to published Sound Recordings, and isn’t tied to lifespan of the Author.  We apologize for the error.

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6612572/canada-offically-extends-copyright-term-to-70-years

http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr02281.html?Open&wt_src=cipo-cpyrght-main&wt_cxt=resources#faq

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/FullText.html)

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-15.html

http://www.entertainmentmedialawsignal.com/the-complexities-of-canadas-extension-of-copyright-protection-for-sound-recordings

Monkey Selfie is back in the news

PETA ex.rel. Naruto the Macaque v. Slater poses the question whether a wild animal can be the “Author” of a work for copyright purposes.

Complaint: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/d44b2aae-83a1-4fce-8f0f-2d0838460b95

Appeals Court Rules Fair Use is a Right, not (just) a defense

Lenz v. Universal must return to curt for determination whether Universal used good faith in considering fair use before issuing DMCA takedown.

opinion http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/09/14/13-16106.pdf

Happy Birthday Copyright – Court rules copyright not valid.

 

The sisters who wrote the melody (more than a century ago)’seem never to have transferred the later-written alternate lyrics to the publisher, so Warner Chappell’s claims must fail. Wow!

Order: http://www.scribd.com/doc/282431790/HBD-Summary-Judgment-Order

 

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Dr. Luke Might Stand Trial Over Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’

It sure sounds like the same “groove”, but is that copyright infringement? the court says it’s a triable issue, so the case moves towards trial.

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6656735/dr-luke-might-stand-trial-over-jessie-js-price-tag

http://secondhandsongs.com/work/8578 (Zimba Ku)

https://soundcloud.com/brokennotbeaten/sets/copyrightjessiej

http://scitation.aip.org/docserver/fulltext/asa/journal/poma/19/1/1.4799479.pdf?expires=1440379989&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=00C868B4D2BD164171C73352683B2EE7

Exhibition of Aretha Franklin film enjoined

In a hill unusual ruling, a judge granted the Jazz Icon’s request for a prior restraint of film incorporating footage of her performance because she hadn’t given permission for its use.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/aretha-franklin-seeks-stop-sales-822825

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/aretha-franklin-granted-injunction-stop-820609

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tiff-aretha-franklin-doc-amazing-820961

YouTube Star Michelle Phan Case: Follow Up

music rights owner who allegedly gave, then revoked song permission settles with the makeup how-to video star.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/youtube-star-michelle-phan-settles-815153

Mayor Butts/Inglewood Follow-Up

“Mayor Butts really made an ass of himself”

City copyright claim against critic over use of city council video dismissed quickly and with prejudice.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-inglewood-cannot-claim-copyright-over-council-videos-judge-says-20150821-story.html

http://popehat.com/2015/08/20/californias-city-of-inglewood-cant-copyright-city-council-meetings-case-against-youtube-critic-tossed/


Face to Face – Canadian Copyright Term, The (non)Mark of Zorro and more – Entertainment Law Update Episode 65

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Canada Officially Extends Copyright Term to 70 Years

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6612572/canada-offically-extends-copyright-term-to-70-years

SESAC Buys HFA

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6620210/sesac-buys-the-harry-fox-agency

Black Swan Intern Lawsuit Overturned

http://deadline.com/2015/07/black-swan-interns-lawsuit-overturned-1201467302/

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The Turtles Lose Bid to Halt SiriusXM’s $210M Settlement With RIAA 

http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hollywoodreporter.com%2Fthr-esq%2Fturtles-lose-bid-halt-siriusxms-810836&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGU8v5j1BvKQTWLwBGTIisWDeRRLg

Zorro Trademark Declared Invalid in Europe

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/zorro-trademark-declared-invalid-europe-806823

Lionsgate Sues Over “Dirty Dancing”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lionsgate-sues-dirty-dancing-ad-806626

Lionsgate Sued for Snarling at “Nobody Puts Your Old 401(K) in the Corner” Advertisement

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lionsgate-sued-snarling-at-nobody-805641

Also:  https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150629/10553231492/lionsgate-sues-td-ameritrade-seven-figures-over-lame-reference-to-dirty-dancing-line.shtml  (lawsuit link within story)

Deeper dive: http://www.ipbrief.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Shaw-Article.pdf

Why NFL Logos don’t need to be “cleared” for use in HBO’s “Ballers” series

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-the-rocks-ballers-can-use-nfl-logos-without-consent-2015-6

Tory Burch wins counterfeiting lawsuit – to the tune of $41.2 Million

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2015/07/16/tory-burch-wins-trademark-infringement-lawsuit

Appeals Court Rules that Producer Not Director, Gets Film Copyright

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-rules-producer-not-805650

Judge Rejects New “Blurred Lines” Trial, Trims Damages to $5.3 Million (Short Update)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-rejects-new-blurred-lines-808725

TV Streamer FilmOn Gets Huge Victory on Road to Compulsory License to broadcast Networks

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tv-streamer-gets-huge-victory-809251

http://deadline.com/2015/07/filmon-court-ruling-compulsory-license-broadcast-tv-1201477664/


Entertainment Law Update Podcast 64

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Deadmou5 and Disney settle

Deadmau5, Disney Settle Dispute Over “Mouse Head” Logo The House of Mickey had opposed the EDM star’s attempt to register a caricature of a mouse head. 

Mr. Holmes v. U.S. Copyright Law

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davegonzales/2015/05/31/the-strange-case-of-mr-holmes-vs-us-copyright-law/

Grand Theft Auto Maker Sues Over BBC Film

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/grand-theft-auto-maker-sues-797450

 

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TV Broadcasters Beat Class-Action Lawsuit Over College Athletics

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tv-broadcasters-beat-class-action-800243

Follow Up: Universal Tells ‘Blurred Lines’ Judge Not to Violate Its Seventh Amendment Right

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/universal-tells-blurred-lines-judge-799459

Abbott & Costello Heirs Sue Over Lifting of “Who’s on First” Routine

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/abbott-costello-heirs-sue-lifting-800324

Inglewood tries to silence a critic with a copyright lawsuit

http://adamsteinbaugh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/City_of_Inglewood_Opposition_First_Amendment_Superheros.pdf

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-inglewood-copyright-lawsuit-20150602-story.html

Vice v. Virtue: Best Trademark Lawsuit Ever?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/vice-v-virtue-best-trademark-799882

Hollywood’s content geo-blocking draws attention of antitrust regulators

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/06/report-eu-flexes-antitrust-muscles-to-tackle-hollywoods-territorial-licensing/

http://europeansting.com/2015/06/10/changing-the-eu-copyright-law-wont-bring-us-much-closer-to-digital-single-market/

http://www.politico.eu/newsletter/morning-tech-europe/politico-pros-morning-tech-google-charges-geo-blocking-probe-spectrum-galore/(followup)

In Piracy Fight, Google Dealt Huge Defeat in Canadian Appeals Court

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/piracy-fight-google-dealt-huge-802104 .

‘Right to be Forgotten’ Should Include all Google Domains, France Rules

http://www.cnet.com/news/right-to-be-forgotten-should-include-all-google-domains-france-orders/

How Hillary Clinton is Soundtracking Her 2016 Presidential Campaign, and Donald Trump’s campaign song objected to by Neil Young

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/record-labels/6597843/how-hillary-clinton-is-soundtracking-her-2016-presidential

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/dont-bet-neil-young-beating-803166

http://www.ascap.com/~/media/files/pdf/advocacy-legislation/political_campaign.pdf

https://www.publicknowledge.org/news-blog/blogs/campaigns-copyrights-and-compositions-a-politicians-guide-to-music-on-the-campaign-trail (ASCAP informational brochure)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1398545-donald-trump-and-neil-young-what-that-song-communicates/ (Meaning, musical and lyrical theory of “Rocking in the Free World”

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/trump-goes-a-rockin-neil-young-comes-a-33848/

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-long-history-of-musicians-telling-republicans-to-stop-playing-their-music/ (Background on political candidates being asked to not use song)






Episode 60 – A grab-bag of rulings and follow ups.

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SHOW NOTES

Pre-1972 Music Update, Sony, Google, Apple

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/sony-google-apple-hit-lawsuits-766187

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6450644/sony-google-apple-hit-with-lawsuits-over-pre-1972

Quick Mention: Sirius XM

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-allows-siriusxm-appeal-big-772212

SlingBox Ad-Skipping doesn’t violate copyrights–Fox v Dish

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/copyright-alert-fox-v-dish-summary-judg-99576/

http://variety.com/2015/biz/news/judge-rules-that-dishs-sling-features-ad-skipping-dont-violate-copyright-1201410019/

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/01/tv-on-your-phone-dish-prevails-in-copyright-fight-with-broadcasters/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/heres-ruling-foxs-lawsuit-dish-765502

Blurred Lines Appeal (followup)

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6451092/marvin-gayes-family-doubts-fair-trial-in-blurred

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/pharrell-williams-camp-ridicules-desperate-768692

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/marvin-gaye-family-seeks-blurred-768223

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/marvin-gayes-family-doubts-fair-767568

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/blurred-lines-trial-moving-forward-771088

Criminal Records Expungement does not apply to News Organizations

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-news-orgs-dont-767896

Jersey Boys Case Back On (Quick)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jersey-boys-lawsuit-back-appeals-772218

Gravity Suit Ruling (Quick Update)

http://variety.com/2015/biz/news/gravity-suit-against-warner-bros-by-tess-gerritsen-dismissed-1201419768/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/warner-bros-knocks-down-best-768627

http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-trademark-forces-rated-r-beer-to-drop-its-name-150129/

IMDB Age Case (Followup?)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-hears-scary-things-770835

Zorro Case (Followup, Quick Mention)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-revives-zorro-rights-fight-770477

Copyright Office Changes

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/big-shake-up-music-licensing-770512

Proposed copyright rules concerning music – not yet adopted.

This horribly dull government report could change music forever. We read it for you. – Vox

Another Spin on it:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/why-taylor-swift-may-soon-770698


Episode 59 – DMCA here, there, and everywhere…

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Episode 58 – 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

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