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Pizza Hut, Home Depot ads strike sour note with The Black Keys

Musical group The Black Keys isn't too happy with the background music used for two recent commercials, one for Pizza Hut and the other for The Home Depot. The Black Keys think the chosen songs sound too much like the band's singles "Gold on the Ceiling" and "Lonely Boy," respectively, and so its members sued the two companies in June on copyright infringement grounds.

Man may spend up to 5 years in federal prison for selling counterfeit CDs

A Florida man is facing up to $250,000 in fines and five years in federal prison after being convicted of selling counterfeit CDs at a flea market. According to authorities, he sold thousands of CDs over a span of five years, which of course is a serious copyright infringement. When authorities raided his home, they seized more than 16,000 counterfeit CDs.

Photographer's copyright claim v. website shows difficulty in applying law to Web

The Internet is great for many things. After all, where would we be without Amazon, Priceline or Perez Hilton? Unfortunately, the Internet is also a hotbed for copyright infringement.

Davis woman would do well to copyright rare bee sting photograph

University of California-Davis communications specialist Kathy Gravey estimates that she has taken more than one million photographs of bees in her lifetime, but until recently, she had never got a photograph of one in the act of stinging a person.

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