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News and Legal Cases - January 2019

Mickey Mouse will be public domain soon-here's what that means

As the ball dropped over Times Square last night, all copyrighted works published in 1923 fell into the public domain (with a few exceptions). Everyone now has the right to republish them or adapt them for use in new works. It's the first time this has happened in 21 years.

New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out

Nearly a century ago, the publisher Alfred A. Knopf released a slim book of spiritual fables by an obscure Lebanese-American poet and painter named Kahlil Gibran. Knopf had modest expectations, and printed around 1,500 copies. Much to his surprise, the book - titled "The Prophet" - took off.

These 1923 Copyrighted Works Enter the Public Domain in 2019

For the first time in twenty years, as the Atlantic points out, a whole year's worth of copyrighted works will enter the public domain in the U.S. on January 1, 2019.

SCOTUS Hears Argument on Copyright Registration Circuit Split. | Trademark and Copyright Law

Is copyright registration required before you can bring a copyright infringement suit? Everyone agrees that the answer is yes. But not everyone agrees on the definition of "registration." That's the question that will be under consideration by the Supreme Court at oral argument on January 8, 2019, in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v.

What happens to copyright in the UK following Brexit? - Kluwer Copyright Blog

The terms of the UK's future relationship with the EU have yet to be concluded and so there is inevitably a degree of uncertainty about what Brexit ultimately means for copyright in the UK. Recent developments in parliament mean the Brexit uncertainty is higher than ever.

Can the Museum of Ice Cream Claim Exclusive Rights in the Color Pink?

Inside of the Museum of Ice Cream awaits a sprinkle pool, a room with pink saltwater taffy-covered walls, a mint-themed "grow room" with real mint plants (a key ingredient for mint-chocolate-chip ice cream), a rock candy cave, a gummy bear-themed garden, and a banana swing. Just like the exterior wa

Ed Sheeran Headed to Trial Over Claim He Copied "Let's Get It On"

Marvin Gaye's music is poised to headline another high-profile trial - this time involving Ed Sheeran, who's accused of copying "Let's Get It On" in his 2014 song "Thinking Out Loud." Kathryn Townsend Griffin in June sued Sheeran, claiming to own a partial copyright in Gaye's 1973 song as an heir of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote it.

'Straight Outta Compton' Lawsuit Tossed Out of Court

Late NWA manager Jerry Heller's lawsuit against Universal over the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton has been dismissed by a California federal judge. The legal fight began in 2015 when Heller sued Universal for defamation and copyright infringement, among other claims. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in June 2016 tossed most of the suit.

CNN Legal Setback Points to Tougher Times Ahead for Media Companies

CNN may still be enjoying its courtroom victory last month saving White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass, but as far as the First Amendment goes, the television news network better be ready to play some defense.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor Forces NRA To Remove His Artwork From 'Abhorrent' Video

The National Rifle Association has agreed to remove footage of a popular Chicago sculpture from a promotional attack video to settle a lawsuit by artist Anish Kapoor. The video, released last year, flashes a scene of a reflective sculpture in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago titled " Cloud Gate," which is known to locals as The Bean.

Here's How Brands Like H&M Get Away With Copying Other Designers

The entire industry, which also happens to be one the world's most wasteful, is built around the idea that trendy clothes should be available to consumers at accessible price points. Sometimes that means altering a trend to make it a little more wearable for the average consumer ― but often, fast fashion brands produce garments that look like they were ripped straight from the catwalk.

'Fresh Prince' Actor Sues Epic Games Over Carlton Dance in Fortnite

Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly, actor Alfonso Ribeiro, and Instagram star Backpack Kid are all filing complaints against Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive over dance emotes in "Fortnite" and "NBA 2K," the law firm representing them told Variety on Monday. 2 Milly filed his suit against Epic Games earlier this month.


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