April 27, 2000 |
Rapper Dr. Dre has sued Napster Inc. for copyright infringement after the song-swap software company failed to meet his deadline to take his songs off its directory. Dre's copyright infringement suit, filed this week in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, follows a similar one filed this month by heavy metal band Metallica.
January 10, 1997
Ricoh Co.'s U.S. unit was named in a $50-million trade secret and copyright infringement suit by Compulink Management Center Inc. of Torrance. The suit claims the Japanese office equipment maker violated a license agreement with closely held Compulink by signing a similar agreement with another company. That company, Data Access Technologies of Alhambra, is run by a former employee of a Compulink reseller and a former Compulink sales executive.
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August 11, 2012 |
A federal judge rejected a novel legal argument Friday that would have allowed Michael Jackson's mother and her business partner to profit from a line of merchandise separate from the late star's estate. In a 15-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted summary judgment in a copyright infringement case brought by the executors of Jackson's estate and issued a permanent injunction barring Canadian entrepreneur Howard Mann from trading on the singer's name. "There is undisputed evidence that Defendants intended in bad faith to profit from use of Jackson's name, by registering multiple domain names containing his name or the initials 'MJ' to sell Jackson-related products," the judge wrote.
September 21, 2005 |
An organization of more than 8,000 authors accused Google Inc. of "massive copyright infringement," saying the powerful Internet search engine could not put its books in the public domain for commercial use without permission. The lawsuit, filed by Author's Guild Inc. in U.S. District Court in New York, asked the court to block Google from copying the books. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif.
April 3, 2004 |
Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. said it had reached settlement agreements with a group of apparel manufacturers that it accused of copyright infringement last year. The Anaheim-based retailer said 14 defendants collectively had agreed to pay the company $345,000 to resolve the matter.
August 9, 2008 |
Mary J. Blige has been sued in New York for $2 million by a company that says she stole some of the music she used on her latest hit album, including one used in an iPod commercial. The Drama Family Entertainment company filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan this week, claiming it suffered copyright infringement because the singer's "Growing Pains" album contains the song "Work That." The suit says the song was created by a producer who worked for the company at the time.
March 29, 2002 |
A Dutch appeals court ruled that the maker of computer software that lets people download music, movies and other copyright-protected material isn't liable for copyright infringement. The court overturned a judgment against KaZaA, which was convicted in November of violating copyright law. Because the shared files contain copyright-protected material, KaZaA was ordered to block users from downloading songs.