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February 17, 2006 |
Prosecutors charged a Corona man with copyright infringement Thursday after he allegedly uploaded a copy of "Walk the Line" that had been mailed to a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars. According to the complaint, Luis Ochoa, 25, posted a message online saying he had a copy of the Johnny Cash biopic; another computer user alerted the Motion Picture Assn.
December 10, 1990 |
Musical Theme: Music composer Diane Steinberg filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against TeleAmerica Entertainment, Improv West Inc. and the Arts & Entertainment Cable Network for allegedly using a theme song she composed for the televised comedy show, "An Evening at the Improv," without crediting her. In the federal lawsuit, Steinberg contends that she wrote the tune, "Improve Strut," in 1982 and had it copyrighted.
September 28, 2005 |
Four music giants have entered mediation with Baidu.com, China's largest Internet search engine, over the recording companies' claims of copyright infringement. No agreement was reached after more than five hours of discussions that began Monday at the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, the official China Daily newspaper said. A judge would resolve the issue if there is no resolution. Baidu's U.S. shares fell $4.78 to $72.50. Universal Music Group, EMI Group, Warner Music Group Corp.
January 28, 1999 |
Wonderware Corp. in Irvine announced Wednesday that it has reached an out-of-court settlement ending more than two years of legal disputes over copyright issues with a pair of rival software developers. Terms of the settlements between Wonderware, Cyberlogic Technologies Inc. and Intellution Inc. were not disclosed. None of the companies admitted any wrongdoing or liability.
November 21, 2001 |
Two songwriters have sued MusicCity.com and two other companies for alleged copyright infringement, claiming that software distributed by the businesses lets users trade music over the Internet without authorization. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the duo who wrote "Jailhouse Rock," filed the class-action suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Monday on behalf of more than 20,000 music publishers. The suit names MusicCity Networks Inc., Grokster Ltd.
August 23, 2001 |
More than 50 music publishers and songwriters, including country artist Vince Gill's publishing companies, filed a copyright infringement suit against Web music firm MP3.com Inc. The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. MP3.com is being acquired by Vivendi Universal and is transforming itself from music industry rebel to partner. Plaintiffs also include the estate of Roy Orbison and a publishing company owned by the Bellamy Brothers. MP3.
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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.
March 11, 2014 |
Gawker Media is asking a California federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by Quentin Tarantino over his leaked screenplay for "The Hateful Eight," arguing it only facilitated the reading of the unproduced screenplay and didn't enable any copyright infringement. Tarantino sued Gawker for contributory copyright infringement in January, after its Defamer blog published a post titled "Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino 'Hateful Eight' Script" with download links to third-party websites hosting copies of the document.
August 31, 2002 |
A dozen consumer advocacy and civil liberties groups urged a federal judge Friday to reject the major record companies' attempt to force Verizon Internet Services to identify a customer accused of extensive music piracy. The groups--including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the National Consumers League and Utility Consumers' Action Network--argued that anonymous speech should receive strong protection even in claims of copyright infringement.