Posts made in September, 2014

Unhappily Together: Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc.

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014

In a legal battle questioning copyright protection for the 1967 hit song, “Happy Together,” the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972, are granted exclusive ownership rights under California’s copyright laws. (Read the order here) The Turtles – the 1960s band who owns the copyrights to their song “Happy Together” – sued Sirius XM for the satellite radio provider’s unauthorized use of the song. The band claimed that Sirius streamed, broadcasted, and even used their song in operation of the satellite radio provider’s business without the band’s permission. Sirius did not...

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Warner Brothers Keeps a “Clean Slate” in Trademark Infringement Case

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014

In a case stemming from the 2012 box office hit, The Dark Knight Rises, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit granted Warner Brothers’ motion to dismiss allegations of trademark infringement made against it for a fictional software program appearing in its film. (Read the decision here) Fortres Grand Corporation owns and sells Clean Slate, a computer security program that can restore a computer hard drive back to its original configuration. It is often used for public access computers in schools and libraries to ensure that all personal data stored on the machines are wiped clean. Warner Brothers produced The Dark Knight Rises and Batman fans may recall...

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