Posts made in June, 2015

Justin Bieber and Usher Ordered back to Court for Copyright Infringement

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015

Pop stars Justin Bieber and Usher Raymond will be heading back to court after the Fourth Circuit for the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a reasonable jury may find they infringed copyrights in their 2010 hit song, “Somebody to Love.” (Read the full opinion here) The unanimous Court ruled the plaintiffs, R&B singer Devin Copeland A.K.A. De Rico, and his songwriting partner first brought the case in May 2013, alleging Bieber, Usher, or both recorded three versions of the song which had a similar beat pattern, time signature, and chords and lyrics with their own song under the very same name. The case was dismissed in the federal District Court ruling that a...

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Court Rules on Reasonableness of Copyright Licensing Fees

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015

A federal district court in New York ruled that Broadcast Media Inc. (“BMI”) may collect 2.5% of Pandora’s total revenue in exchange for licenses to publicly perform copyrighted music. (Read the full opinion here) BMI represents music copyright holders, and licenses the right to publically perform its clients’ songs on a non-exclusive basis. Pandora is an online music streaming service that has licensed its music from BMI since its inception in 2005. It wasn’t until 2011 when BMI decided that its 1.75% rate was “inappropriate for the emerging music-intensive streaming service,” and so it increased its rate to 2.5% of gross revenue from its customers like...

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Avoiding Swiss Cheese of Copyrights, Google Prevails against “Bamboozled” Actress

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015

A federal court of appeals reversed an earlier ruling that forced Google to remove a YouTube video portraying an actress making anti-Muslim statements.

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