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Music infringement cases that helped advance copyright law

When you look back at the history of music, it is easy to see patterns in which artists borrowed heavily from other creative musical minds. At one time, not much happened to prevent or dissuade this practice, but about 50 years ago, artists began to take a more serious stance against plagiarism.

Understanding fair use under copyright law

To a layperson that owns intellectual property or operates a business in California, copyright law seems extremely complex. These people want to protect their intellectual property, but often have a poor understanding of the ins and outs of copyright law and the fair use doctrine. The laws surrounding intellectual property do help protect ideas, products and processes, but that does not necessarily mean that no one can use your property.

Mobile game company targeted in copyright infringement suit

Recently, Riot, a major gaming software company with offices around the globe targeted another game developer in a California lawsuit. Riot alleges that Shanghai Moonton, the creator of Mobile Legends, engaged in copyright infringement when developing the game. According to reports, Mobile Legends is strikingly similar to Riot's game, League of Legends.

Journalist files copyright lawsuit targeting Tupac Shakur biopic

About 20 years ago, rapper, activist and actor Tupac Shakur took the world by storm with his unique and honest style of rap. Unfortunately, he blew out of this world as dramatically as he blew into it when he was gunned down in 1996. His legacy, however, has survived and in the eyes of many, it has even thrived.

Should the Register of Copyrights be a presidential appointee?

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1695, the first step toward changing the reporting relationships of the Register of Copyrights. Currently, the Librarian of Congress appoints the Register. Under the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, the Register would become a presidential appointee who would have to be confirmed by Congress.

Wrangling continues over copyright to 6 unreleased Prince songs

Just before the anniversary of Prince's death, a former colleague thrilled fans by promising to release six new, previously unreleased songs the artist recorded with him. Then, a federal judge issued an order that he refrain from releasing unreleased recordings made by Prince. The former sound engineer responded by posting one of the songs, "Deliverance," online and making it available for download.

Is Abbott & Costello's 'Who's On First?' protected by copyright?

During his confirmation hearing, Chief Justice John Roberts said that being a judge is like being a baseball umpire calling balls and strikes. He may get the chance to make the call on one of baseball's oldest and most venerated comedy routines, Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First?"

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