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Dumb Starbucks Prank Sparks a Tangle of Legal Concerns
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Last weekend, Los Angeles residents stood in line to taste free coffee at a new coffee shop in town: “Dumb Starbucks.” The stunt was later discovered to have been orchestrated by Comedy Central comedian Nathan Fielder. Although short-lived—the shop was shut down by the Los Angeles Health Department for operating without a health permit—Dumb Starbucks coffee shop has drawn considerable attention and raised an array of legal issues.

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Posted On Feb - 15 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Wordpress Sues DMCA Takedown Abusers

Automattic Inc. & Hotham v. Steiner
Automattic Inc. & Retraction Watch, LLC v. Chatwal
By Elise Young – Edited by Alex Shank

Automattic, owner of WordPress.com and a major developer of the WordPress software, has sued two parties for abusing the notice-and-takedown provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and seeks damages under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f). Automattic’s decision to go after parties that use fraudulent copyright takedown notices could mark a shift in how content hosts handle DMCA takedown requests.

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Posted On Dec - 6 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

GoldieBlox Backs Down from Copyright Fight with Beastie Boys

GoldieBlox, Inc. v. Island Def Jam Music Group
By Elise Young – Edited by Alex Shank

On November 21, after the Beastie Boys’ threatened suit, toy company GoldieBlox filed for declaratory judgment that its use of the Beastie Boys’ song, “Girls,” in one of its ads was fair use. The ad, for girls’ engineering toys, had previously gone viral. In their response, the Beastie Boys emphasized their consistent refusal to allow use of their songs in advertising. GoldieBlox removed the ad and promised to drop the suit if the Beastie Boys’ backed down.

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Posted On Dec - 5 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Mengyi Wang

Haitian Photographer Awarded $1.2M in Copyright Infringement Case

UN Privacy Resolution Stays Strong Despite Orchestrated Challenges

China to Launch Crude Oil Futures Market

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Posted On Nov - 25 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

So-Called Sample Troll Sues Jay Z, Alleging “Run This Town” Infringes Copyright
By Emma Winer – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

TufAmerica, Inc. v. WB Music Corp.

TufAmerica filed a complaint accusing Jay Z of infringing the company’s copyright in the song “Hook & Sling Part 1.” According to the complaint, Jay Z allegedly used a “sample” of “Hook and Sling Part 1” in his hit song “Run This Town” without proper authorization. TufAmerica has filed a number of similar lawsuits against artists such as the Beastie Boys and Kanye West for sampling songs from catalogs that the company had purchased.

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Posted On Nov - 20 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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