January 28, 1991 |
Disney Sues Film Companies: Walt Disney Co. filed a copyright infringement suit against Transatlantic Video Inc. and ATI Mark V. Products Inc. for copyright infringement for distributing videocassettes that feature Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The federal lawsuit said the defendants' video, "The Mad Doctor and Minnie's Yoo Hoo," is an exact copy of part of a cartoon by Disney called "Mickey's Follies."
September 25, 2013 |
The line between a fair use of copyrighted works and an infringement is blurry, and sometimes it takes a judge to decide where a particular use falls. The dispute between Universal Music Publishing and Lauren LoPrete shows how copyright owners can use that lack of clarity to stifle creativity and defeat the purpose of copyright protection. LoPrete started a Tumblr page called This Charming Charlie in early August, posting cleverly altered panels from old Peanuts comic strips. Instead of author Charles Schulz's words, the dialogue bubbles contained snippets from songs by the English pop band The Smiths.
March 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court gave foreign buyers of books, video discs and other copyrighted works a right to resell them in the U.S. without permission of the copyright owner, giving discount retailers a victory and the entertainment industry a setback. The 6-3 decision Tuesday came in the case of Supap Kirtsaeng, a USC graduate student from Thailand who figured he could earn money for his education by buying low-cost textbooks in his native country and reselling them in the United States.
September 9, 2000 |
The federal government weighed in on the closely watched case against Napster Inc. for the first time, saying the music-sharing service is not protected under a key copyright law, as the company claims. In briefs to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyers for the U.S. Copyright Office said Napster has "no possible defense" against claims by the recording industry that it facilitates widespread copyright infringement. The agency, whose position is not binding, sided with U.S.
June 3, 2006 |
A jury awarded Nortel Networks Corp. $47.4 million in punitive damages in a copyright infringement case against telecommunications retailer Platinum Networks Inc. and its president. Nortel, based in Ontario, Canada, sued San Diego-based Platinum in 2004 alleging that the company had stolen software that unlocks certain premium features in Nortel's phone systems.
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.