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Chuck Close v. Sotheby's Inc.






In Close v. Sotheby’s, Inc., 894 F.3d 1061 (9th Cir. 2018),
we held that plaintiffs’ claims for resale royalties under the
California Resale Royalties Act (“CRRA”) are expressly
preempted by the 1976 Copyright Act.... More...
   $0 (12-09-2018 - CA)

Christopher M> Sulyma v. Intel Corporation Investment Policy Committee

A former employee and participant in Intel’s retirement plans sued the company for allegedly investing retirement funds in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Intel moved to dismiss the complaint on the ground that the limitations period for his claims had expired. The magistrate judge1 converted Intel’s motion to dismiss into a motion for summary judgment and entered... More...   $0 (11-29-2018 - CA)

In re: MCGRAW-HILL GLOBAL EDUCATION HOLDINGS LLC




These consolidated mandamus petitions require us to decide whether two professional photographers bringing separate copyright infringement actions are bound by a forum selection clause in contracts they did not
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sign. We conclude that the photographers are not bound because t... More...
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The Satanic Temple v. Warner Bros. and Netflix




New York, NY The Satanic Temple sued Warner Bros. and Netflix on copyright infringement theories claiming that the use by defendants of images of its "goat headed deity Baphomet" was not authorized and was injurious. ... More...
   $0 (11-23-2018 - NY)

Richard N. Bell v. Vacuforce, LLC




Richard Bell brought a copyright infringement lawsuit against Vacuforce, LLC, accusing it of publishing his photograph of the Indianapolis skyline on its website without a license. Vacuforce hired attorney Paul Overhauser to defend it. The parties quickly settled, so the federal la... More...
   $0 (11-14-2018 - IN)

Jason Olive v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc.

Jason Olive is a model and actor who contracted with
General Nutrition Centers, Inc. (GNC) to use his likeness in its
advertising campaign. GNC continued using Olive’s likeness in
its advertising after its right to do so expired. GNC admitted
liability for the unauthorized use of Olive’s likeness in violation of
Civil Code section 33441 but contested the amount of damages. AMore...
   $0 (11-05-2018 - CA)

Fastcase, Inc. v. Lawriter, L.L.C.




Fastcase, Inc., appeals the District Court’s dismissal of its suit under the Declaratory Judgment Act against Lawriter, LLC. The District Court held that it lacked subject-matter jurisdiction under 21 U.S.C. § 1331 because Fa... More...
   $0 (10-29-2018 - GA)

Ronnie Van Zant, Inc. v. Artimus Pyle

This appeal presents the issue of whether the release of a movie will violate
the provisions of a consent order that settled a lawsuit between private parties.
This issue arises on an appeal by Defendants‐Appellants Cleopatra Records, Inc.
and Cleopatra Films (together, “Cleopatra”) from the September 13, 2017,
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judgment and permanent injunction of the District Court for... More...
   $0 (10-23-2018 - NY)

Michael Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin

This copyright case involves a claim that Led Zeppelin copied key portions of its timeless hit “Stairway to Heaven” from the song “Taurus,” which was written by Spirit band member Randy Wolfe. Years after Wolfe’s death, the trustee of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, Michael Skidmore, brought this suit for copyright infringement against Led Zeppelin, James Patrick Page, Robert Anthony Plant, John Paul... More...   $0 (10-09-2018 - CA)

Michael Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin





This copyright case involves a claim that Led Zeppelin copied key portions of its timeless hit “Stairway to Heaven” from the song “Taurus,” which was written by Spirit band member Randy Wolfe. Years after Wolfe’s death, th... More...
   $0 (09-30-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Arthur Larange Lee, Jr. Alachua County Florida Courthouse - Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville, FL - Alachua County Man Sentenced to 327 Months in Prison for Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, and Cooercion

Arthur Larange Lee Jr., 35, of Gainesville, Florida, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in Gainesville to 327 months in prison for sex trafficking of an adult, and 60 months each for two counts of use of interstate commerce to commit prostitution. Each count is ... More...
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United States of America v. Paul R. Hansmeier District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota Attorney Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges In Connection With Multi-Million Dollar Pornography Film Copyright Fraud Scheme

PAUL R. HANSMEIER, 37, pled guilty to orchestrating a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to obtain payments from extortion victims to settle sham copyright infringement lawsuits by lying to state and federal courts throughout the country. HAN... More...
   $0 (08-18-2018 - MN)

Robert Stevens and Steven Vandel v. CoreLogic, Inc. United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Residential real estate sales today depend largely on
online sites displaying properties for sale. Plaintiffs Robert
Stevens and Steven Vandel (“the Photographers”) are
professional real estate photographers who take photographs
of listed properties and license them to real estate agents.

The real estate agents, in turn, upload such photographs to
Multiple Listing Serv... More...
   $0 (08-09-2018 - CA)

Polaris Images Corporation v. Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc.




New York, NY - Polaris Images Corporation sued Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc. on a copyright infringement theory.... More...
   $0 (07-20-2018 - NY)

Chuck Close v. Sotheby's Inc. Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

The California Resale Royalties Act (“CRRA”) grants
artists an unwaivable right to 5% of the proceeds on any
resale of their artwork under specified circumstances. To that
end, the CRRA requires the seller of the artwork or the
seller’s agent to withhold 5% of the resale price and pay it to
the artist or, if the artist cannot be found, to the California
Arts Council. If the... More...
   $0 (07-06-2018 - CA)

ROBERT S. DAVIDSON v. THE UNITED STATES

Plaintiff fabricated a replica of the Statue of Liberty on the grounds of the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in 1996. He applied for and obtained a copyright for the replica in 2013, too late for the statutory presumption of validity. It is also undisputed that the Postal Service used a photograph of that work on a stamp released in December 2010 without permission or attribution ... More...   $0 (07-05-2018 - DC)

Pinkette Clothing, Inc. v. Cosmetic Warriors Limited Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Cosmetic Warriors Limited (“CWL”) sells LUSHbranded
cosmetics and related goods, while Pinkette Clothing
sells LUSH-branded women’s fashions. CWL seeks both a
permanent injunction restraining Pinkette from infringing on
CWL’s LUSH mark and cancellation of Pinkette’s
registration of its own LUSH mark. The district court held
that laches barred CWL’s infringement and cancella... More...
   $0 (06-29-2018 - CA)

Robert Stevens v. CoreLogic, Inc. Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Residential real estate sales today depend largely on
online sites displaying properties for sale. Plaintiffs Robert
Stevens and Steven Vandel (“the Photographers”) are
professional real estate photographers who take photographs
of listed properties and license them to real estate agents.
The real estate agents, in turn, upload such photographs to
Multiple Listing Services ... More...
   $0 (06-29-2018 - CA)

Experian Information Solutions, Inc. v. Nationwide Marketing Services, Inc. District of Arizona Federal Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

The novel federal question in this appeal is whether lists
of names with addresses are copyrightable when they are the
product of a sophisticated process to ensure accuracy and
utility. In other words, whether such lists are more like a
telephone book, that the Supreme Court has held lacks any
creative spark, or more like Joyce’s Ulysses that changed the
course of 20th cent... More...
   $0 (06-28-2018 - AZ)

John Wilson, Charles Still, Terrance Stubbs v. Dynatone Publishing Company, UMG Recordings, Inc., Unichappell Music, Inc. Southern District of New York - New York, New York

14 Plaintiffs, John Wilson, Charles Still, and Terrance Stubbs, appeal from
15 the judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of
16 New York (Paul A. Engelmayer, J.) dismissing their copyright claims for
17 failure to state a claim because of untimeliness. Plaintiffs are former members
18 of the musical performance group called “Sly Slick & Wicked.” They... More...
   $0 (06-12-2018 - nY)

Ecimos,, LLC and Electrical Controls, Inc. v. Nortek Global HVAC, LLC Western District of Tennessee Federal Courthouse - Memphis, Tennessee

At first glance, this case appears complicated. It languished for years in the district court as the magistrate judge and district judge held countless hearings and conferences and issued dozens of rulings. All told, this case sprawled over more than 250 docket entries. But a closer look reveals that the core issue boils down to a simple life lesson: play by the rules. This fundamental concept com... More...   $0 (06-01-2018 - TN)

Verisign, Inc. v. XYZ, L.L.C. United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

This case arises out of a denial of a motion for an award of attorney fees under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1117(a), which allows a court to award “reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party” in “exceptional cases.” For the reasons that follow, we hold that a prevailing party need only prove an exceptional case by a preponderance of the evidence, rather than by clear and convincing evidence... More...   $0 (05-29-2018 - VA)

Robert Ghiringhelli v. The Assurance Group, Inc. Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

Plaintiffs Robert Ghiringhelli, Colin
Keith Holley, Derrold Nash, Anthony Petitti, Jr., and Harmon G. Pye, III,1 appeal the district
court’s grant of summary judgment to defendant The Assurance Group, Inc., on the plaintiffs’
claims for breach of contract, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, statutory and regulatory
violations, and for declaratory judgment. Before this court, the... More...
   $0 (05-26-2018 - OH)

Naruto v. David John Slater Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

We must determine whether a monkey may sue humans,
corporations, and companies for damages and injunctive
relief arising from claims of copyright infringement. Our
court’s precedent requires us to conclude that the monkey’s
claim has standing under Article III of the United States
Constitution. Nonetheless, we conclude that this
monkey—and all animals, since they are not hu... More...
   $0 (04-30-2018 - CA)

Pharrell Williams v. Frankie Christian Gaye Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

After a seven-day trial and two days of deliberation, a jury found that Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and Clifford Harris, Jr.’s song “Blurred Lines,” the world’s best-selling single in 2013, infringed Frankie Christian Gaye, Nona Marvisa Gaye, and Marvin Gaye III’s copyright in Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit song “Got To Give It Up.” Three consolidated appeals followed.

Appellants and Cross-A... More...
   $0 (03-29-2018 - CA)

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