Warhol’s Images of Prince: Social Commentary or Copyright Infringement?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the fall over whether the artist’s alterations of a photograph of the musician should be as protected as a new, transformative work.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #prince-1958, #supreme-court-us, #warhol-andy, #warhol-andy-foundation-for-the-visual-arts

Peter Beagle, Author of ‘The Last Unicorn,’ Is Back In Control

After losing control of his intellectual property — including the book, a classic and a strong seller for decades — he has regained the rights, and is publishing again.

#beagle-peter-s, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #the-last-unicorn-book, #writing-and-writers

Geling Yan Says a Movie Fails to Credit Her. The Film World Shrugs.

Geling Yan says that she is owed a screen credit for the Chinese film “One Second” — and that companies bringing it to Western audiences are complicit in censoring her.

#censorship, #china, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #movies, #one-second-movie, #yan-geling, #zhang-yimou

Ed Sheeran Wins ‘Shape of You’ Plagiarism Case

The singer “neither deliberately, nor subconsciously” stole from another songwriter when writing his 2017 hit, a British judge ruled.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #london-england, #mcdaid-johnny, #music, #shape-of-you-song, #sheeran-ed

Supreme Court to Hear Copyright Fight Over Andy Warhol’s Images of Prince

The justices will decide whether the artist’s reliance on a photograph of the musician was copyright infringement or protected as a new, transformative work.

#art, #celebrities, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #goldsmith-lynn-1948, #koeltl-john-g, #magazines, #photography, #pop-and-rock-music, #prince-1958, #supreme-court-us, #vanity-fair, #warhol-andy

Tech Start-Up Aims to Get Artists Royalties for Resale

Fairchain generates digital contracts and certificates of title and authenticity, allowing artists to track their work and share in secondary market proceeds.

#art, #blockchain-technology, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #fairchain-fairplay-group-ltd, #royalties, #start-ups

Hoping to Identify Cheaters, a Professor Sues His Own Students

David Berkovitz, who teaches business law at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., sued an unnamed group of his students — identified only as “Does” — after he discovered that his midterm and final exams had been uploaded to a popular website.

#chapman-university, #cheating, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #course-hero, #orange-calif, #school-discipline-students, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tests-and-examinations

Neil Diamond Sells Entire Catalog to Universal Music

The musician behind ubiquitous hits like “Sweet Caroline” sold his songwriting rights and recordings in another major deal.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #diamond-neil, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #pop-and-rock-music, #universal-music-group

Gregory Peck’s Daughter and Others Keep ‘Mockingbird’ Sequel Rights

In a settlement agreement, the estate of Harper Lee, who wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” renewed the movie sequel and remake rights of Cecilia Peck and other successors and heirs to the makers of the original 1962 film.

#books-and-literature, #carter-tonja-b, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #gregory-peck, #lee-harper, #movies, #to-kill-a-mockingbird-book

Sting Sells His Songwriting Catalog to Universal Music

The deal, worth an estimated $300 million, covers his entire output as a songwriter, including solo work and hits by the Police like “Every Breath You Take.”

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #pop-and-rock-music, #royalties, #sting-1951, #universal-music-group, #universal-music-publishing-group

A Henry Darger Dispute: Who Inherits the Rights to a Loner’s Genius?

Since this reclusive artist died in 1973, his landlords have controlled work left behind in his apartment. Now relatives are challenging that stewardship in court.

#art, #chicago-ill, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #darger-henry, #intuit-inc, #landlords, #maier-vivian, #museum-of-everything, #outsider-art-fair

Australian Government Buys Copyright to Indigenous Flag

The flag had been at the center of a dispute, but the move allows anyone to reproduce its design without seeking permission or paying a fee.

#australia, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #indigenous-australians, #morrison-scott-1968

Bowie Estate Sells Songwriting Catalog to Warner Music

In the latest blockbuster catalog deal, Warner has agreed to buy David Bowie’s songs for about $250 million, bringing nearly all of the star’s work under one corporate roof.

#bowie-david, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #pop-and-rock-music, #warner-chappell-music, #warner-music-group

A $550 Million Springsteen Deal? It’s Glory Days for Catalog Sales.

Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tina Turner and others have all sold rights to their music for eye-popping prices. Here’s why.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #dylan-bob, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #music, #royalties, #simon-paul, #springsteen-bruce, #swift-taylor, #turner-tina

Taylor Swift Copyright Lawsuit May Go to Trial, Judge Rules

Taylor Swift is accused of stealing lyrics in her hit song “Shake It Off” from the song “Playas Gon’ Play” by the R&B trio 3LW.

#3lw-music-group, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #playas-gonplay-song, #pop-and-rock-music, #shake-it-off-song, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #swift-taylor

Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking.

U.S. copyright law protects all kinds of creative material, but recipe creators are mostly powerless in an age and a business that are all about sharing.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #plagiarism, #recipes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states

Miramax Sues Quentin Tarantino Over Planned ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFTs

The director announced this month he was selling nonfungible tokens based on the screenplay for his 1994 movie. Miramax asserted in court documents it still has “broad rights” to the film.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #miramax-films, #movies, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #pulp-fiction-movie, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tarantino-quentin

The ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Is in Limbo

Its permit expires on Nov. 29, but the statue famous for staring down the New York Stock Exchange won’t get a city hearing on a more permanent home until December, at the earliest.

#advertising-and-marketing, #art, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #fearless-girl, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #public-design-commission-nyc, #sculpture, #state-street-global-advisors, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visbal-kristen

How Bad Art Friend Became Twitter’s Favorite Parlor Game

Robert Kolker, who recently wrote about a case involving a friendship torn asunder for The Times Magazine, explains how he approached his reporting and what he thought about the online discourse around the story.

#art, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #dorland-dawn, #kidneys, #larson-sonya, #organ-donation, #writing-and-writers

A $1 Billion Competitor for Music Rights Says ‘Content Is Queen’

Sherrese Clarke Soares, the founder of HarbourView Equity Partners, is a Black woman approaching the high-stakes world of catalog sales from a different perspective.

#black-people, #clarke-soares-sherrese, #content-type-personal-profile, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #harbourview-equity-partners, #music, #private-equity, #women-and-girls

Who Is the Bad Art Friend?

Art often draws inspiration from life — but what happens when it’s your life? Inside the curious case of Dawn Dorland v. Sonya Larson.

#boston-mass, #cambridge-ny, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #kidneys, #letters, #organ-donation, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #writing-and-writers

Disney Sues to Keep Complete Rights to Marvel Characters

The company filed several lawsuits seeking to invalidate copyright-termination notices served by artists and illustrators involved with creating superheroes like Spider-Man and Thor.

#cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comic-books-and-strips, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #ditko-steve, #intellectual-property, #kirby-jack, #lee-stan, #marvel-comics, #marvel-entertainment, #walt-disney-company

Denmark Now Has Two Little Mermaids. The Famous One Is Suing.

The heirs of the artist behind the Copenhagen landmark want a similar statue torn down. And they want compensation, too.

#asaa-denmark, #copenhagen-denmark, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #denmark, #eriksen-edvard, #moerk-palle, #sculpture, #wills-and-estates

Aaliyah’s Music Will Finally Be Streaming. What Took So Long?

Twenty years after one of the most celebrated stars of ’90s R&B died in a plane crash, her songs — like “Try Again” and “If Your Girl Only Knew” — will be widely available.

#aaliyah, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #blackground-entertainment, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #hankerson-barry, #kelly-r, #rhythm-and-blues-music

For 40 Years, He Climbed Ev’ry Mountain for Rodgers & Hammerstein

Ted Chapin steps down as the head of the organization that makes sure you revisit “Oklahoma!” and keep hearing “The Sound of Music.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #carousel-play, #chapin-theodore-s, #content-type-personal-profile, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #hammerstein-oscar-ii, #music, #oklahoma-play, #rodgers-richard, #south-pacific-play, #the-king-and-i-play, #the-sound-of-music-play, #theater

Old Songs in the Public Domain Get Makeovers With a Purpose

The producer Ray Angry and the visual artist Katherine McMahon lead a project that reimagines songs freely available for public use for the current moment.

#newbornagain-song, #angry-raymond, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #mcmahon-katherine-artist, #music, #public-domain-album, #warfield-liv

On Spotify, an Arranged Marriage Between Music and Podcasts

Music-filled — and Spotify-exclusive — shows like “Black Girl Songbook” and “60 Songs That Explain the ’90s” dance around copyright constraints.

#60-songs-that-explain-the90s-radio-program, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #black-girl-songbook-radio-program, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #harvilla-rob, #music, #podcasts, #ringer-the-web-site, #smith-danyel, #spotify

Will Songwriting Survive Streaming? Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus Is Worried.

One of pop’s most successful songwriters on fighting for the value of his craft, and on the young talents he admires most.

#abba-music-group, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #content-type-personal-profile, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #income, #pop-and-rock-music, #royalties, #spotify, #ulvaeus-bjorn

Clive Palmer, Australian Politician, Loses Court Fight Over Twisted Sister Song

Clive Palmer was ordered to pay more than $1 million for using “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in his party’s political advertising.

#australia, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #music, #palmer-clive, #political-advertising, #snider-dee, #twisted-sister, #universal-music-group

As Auctioneers and Artists Rush Into NFTs, Many Collectors Stay Away

Auction sales show a schism in the market: speculative buyers flock to crypto art while blue-chip collectors hold back, fearing legal gray areas and copyright issues.

#art, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #fischer-urs, #glimcher-marc, #murakami-takashi, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts

Why Don’t Some TV Shows Sound the Way They Used To?

Licensing issues have gutted the soundtracks of many beloved series on streaming services, resulting in bewildering music cues and missing theme songs.

#bones-tv-program, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #dawsons-creek-tv-program, #felicity-tv-program, #freaks-and-geeks-tv-program, #music, #scrubs-tv-program, #television, #the-x-files-tv-program

Google Won. So Did Tech.

In siding with Google, the Supreme Court gave software experts some love.

#computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #google-inc, #oracle-corporation

Supreme Court Backs Google in Copyright Fight With Oracle

The 6-to-2 ruling ended a decade-long battle over whether Google had improperly used Java code in its Android operating system.

#android-operating-system, #computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #google-inc, #innovation, #oracle-corporation, #smartphones, #sun-microsystems-inc, #supreme-court-us

Warhol a Lame Copier? The Judges Who Said So Are Sadly Mistaken.

An appeals court ruled that Andy Warhol violated a photographer’s copyright by appropriating her image for a silk-screen he did in 1984. Our critic disagrees.

#art, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #duchamp-marcel, #goldsmith-lynn-1948, #prince-1958, #prince-richard, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #warhol-andy, #warhol-andy-foundation-for-the-visual-arts

Sun Records Sells Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis Recordings

The independent company Primary Wave Music acquired recordings by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and other pioneers — but not the music of one of Sun’s biggest stars, Elvis Presley.

#cash-johnny, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #lewis-jerry-lee, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #orbison-roy, #perkins-carl, #phillips-sam-1923-2003, #pop-and-rock-music, #presley-elvis, #primary-wave-music, #sun-records

The ‘Great Gatsby’ Glut

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about America and aspiration is now in the public domain, so new editions, as well as a graphic novel and a zombie adaptation, have gotten the green light.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #fitzgerald-f-scott, #lee-min-jin, #nick-a-novel-book, #scribners-charles-sons, #smith-michael-farris, #the-great-gatsby-book, #writing-and-writers

Tracy Chapman Awarded $450,000 in Nicki Minaj Copyright Dispute

The singer and songwriter sued after an unreleased Minaj song, which borrowed heavily from Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You,” was played on a radio show.

#baby-can-i-hold-you-song, #chapman-tracy, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #funkmaster-flex, #minaj-nicki, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #sorry-song, #suits-and-litigation-civil

The Force (and a Lenient Disney) Is With ‘Star Wars’ Fan Filmmakers

Whether as tribute or corrective, these movies have proliferated in recent years in part because the studio’s trilogy has inspired strong reactions.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #crowdfunding-internet, #lucasfilm-ltd, #movies, #star-wars-movie, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

‘Star Trek’ and Dr. Seuss Mash-Up Not Protected, Court Rules

The book, titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!”, hewed too closely to the original to be considered a parody under the “fair use” doctrine, a three-judge federal appeals panel declared.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dr-seuss-enterprises, #geisel-theodor-seuss, #star-trek-tv-program, #suits-and-litigation-civil

This Man Is Betting $1.7 Billion on the Rights to Your Favorite Songs

Merck Mercuriadis thinks songwriters deserve more credit — starting with blockbuster paydays for their catalogs. But not all artists want to sell out.

#content-type-personal-profile, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #hipgnosis-songs-fund, #mercuriadis-merck, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #music, #royalties

Bob Dylan Sells His Entire Songwriting Catalog to Universal Music

Universal Music purchased his entire songwriting catalog of more than 600 songs in what may be the biggest acquisition ever of a single act’s publishing rights.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #dylan-bob, #pop-and-rock-music, #universal-music-group, #universal-music-publishing-group

Bob Dylan Sells His Songwriting Catalog in Blockbuster Deal

Universal Music purchased his entire songwriting catalog of more than 600 songs in what may be the biggest acquisition ever of a single act’s publishing rights.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #dylan-bob, #pop-and-rock-music, #universal-music-group, #universal-music-publishing-group

Supreme Court Hears Copyright Battle Between Google and Oracle

In a case with major implications, the justices wrestled with a high-tech dispute over computer code using low-tech analogies.

#computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #google-inc, #oracle-corporation, #software, #supreme-court-us

Led Zeppelin Wins Long ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear the case, leaving in place an appeals court ruling that the band did not copy part of a 1968 song by Spirit.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #decisions-and-verdicts, #led-zeppelin, #pop-and-rock-music, #spirit-music-group, #stairway-to-heaven-song, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #taurus-song

Three Charged With Leaking Movies as Part of Global Piracy Ring

U.S. officials said members of the Sparks Group, an elite piracy network, fraudulently obtained and distributed movies ahead of release dates.

#ahmad-umar, #bridi-george, #computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #correa-jonatan, #crime-and-criminals, #movies, #robberies-and-thefts, #sparks-group, #television, #torrentfreak

Can Neil Young Block Trump From Using His Songs? It’s Complicated

Musicians have complained about politicians playing their music at events for years. Now, with Mr. Young suing for copyright infringement, they are trying a new strategy.

#copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #pop-and-rock-music, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rolling-stones, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #young-neil

James Brown’s Will: Is It Inching Toward Closure After 14 Years?

A decision by the Supreme Court of South Carolina has raised expectations that the many legal fights over the singer’s estate may soon be drawing to a close.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #brown-james-1933-2006, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #hynie-tommie-rae, #marriages, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #south-carolina, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books

Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

#archives-and-records, #assn-of-american-publishers, #authors-guild, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hachette-book-group, #harpercollins-publishers, #internet-archive, #john-wileysons, #kahle-brewster, #libraries-and-librarians, #penguin-random-house, #shutdowns-institutional, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #writing-and-writers

A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question

What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse?

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #cain-addison, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #ellis-zoey, #omegaverse, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trademarks-and-trade-names, #writing-and-writers

The Art Collections Are Real; the Owners Are Not

Fanny Pereire is the curator behind many eye-popping paintings you see in movies and TV shows like “Succession” and “Mrs. America.”

#art, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #katz-alex-1927, #movies, #pereire-fanny, #television