Trademarks, Copyrights, and Business Law

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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Second Circuit Clarifies Polo Trademark Injunction

Posted by on May 18, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled the Polo Association may sell sunglasses with a logo that is similar to the Ralph Lauren trademark.l

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