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Lawsuit claims Apple infringed upon three patents

Immersion, a California software company, has filed legal complaints in a federal district court and with the U.S. International Trade Commission against the technology titan Apple Inc. At issue are responsive touch technologies within Apple iPhones that Immersion alleges bear substantial similarity to its patented haptic technology.

Company files lawsuit after copyrighting NBA players' tattoos

NBA fans in California may be interested to learn that there is a copyright infringement case involving Kobe Bryant's tattoos. At the center of the lawsuit is a basketball-themed video game called NBA 2K16. According to a company called Solid Oak Sketches, the makers of NBA 2K16 used copyrighted tattoo designs in the game without permission.

Batmobile fight could land before U.S. Supreme Court

A California mechanic has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review his copyright dispute with DC Comics, which is owned by Warner Bros., over his construction and sale of Batmobile replicas. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled against him in September 2015.

Musicians seeking class-action lawsuit against Spotify

California musicians as well as their fans may know that Spotify was sued by a musician in December for allegedly reproducing copyrighted material. Now a second musician has filed a similar lawsuit against the music-streaming service, joining with the first plaintiff to request that class-action status be granted to them and other musicians allegedly victimized by the company.

YouTube offers legal help to uploaders facing copyright claims

California residents are likely aware that individuals uploading copyrighted material to the Internet often face the wrath of attorneys representing the motion picture and music industries. YouTube relies on its users to generate content, and the popular video sharing platform announced on Nov. 19 that it will be offering legal support to account holders who have uploaded material that has prompted copyright claims from organizations like the MPAA and RIAA.

FilmOn X now has split federal decisions

In July 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled that major broadcasters, including CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox News, might be forced to license their broadcasts to FilmOn X for streaming. Now, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled the opposite.

Blizzard accuses bot makers of copyright infringement

Video game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the alleged creators of several popular cheating bots. The company is hoping the complaint, which was filed in a California federal court, will stop cheaters from ruining the gaming experience for other players.

Appeals court rules in favor of Google Books

With so much information available on the Internet, many people in California search for the books they want to read online. Now, Google is attempting to scan and digitize every single book that exists. While most would agree that the Google Books project is ambitious, there is disagreement over whether the project is legal under copyright law.

Court orders Katz to pay legal fees after failed copyright suit

California readers may be interested to learn that a district court has ordered real estate mogul Raanan Katz to pay the legal fees of a woman he sued for copyright infringement after she published an unflattering photo of him on her blog. Katz, who is part-owner of the Miami Heat, must pay $155,000.

Developments in lawsuit over "Happy Birthday" copyright

The legal battle over the rights to the music and lyrics of the song 'Happy Birthday" took an unexpected turn on July 29 when a songbook containing the song was presented in a California court. Good Morning to You Productions is making a documentary about 'Happy Birthday," and the company claims that the songbook, which was published in 1922, is evidence that the ubiquitous tune has been in the public domain for decades.

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