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Filmmakers Sue to Restore “Happy Birthday” to Public Domain

Good Morning to You Productions v. Warner/Chappell Music
By Samantha Rothberg – Edited by Gillian Kassner

Good Morning to You Productions Corp. (“GMTY”) sued Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. (“Warner/Chappell”), the copyright holder of “Happy Birthday to You.” GMTY seeks to invalidate the copyright, restore the song to the public domain, and force Warner/Chappell to repay substantial licensing fees. GMTY alleges that any valid copyright in the song expired long ago.

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Posted On Jun - 24 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Kathleen McGuinness

Google News Becomes Opt-In in Germany

Federal Circuit Rules that Software Patent Is Not an “Abstract Idea”

Tokyo Court Rules for Apple, Against Samsung in Bounce-Back Patent Dispute

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Posted On Jun - 22 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Court Dismisses Monsanto Case

Organic Seed Growers v. Monsanto
By Kathleen McGuinness – Edited by Jennifer Wong

The Federal Circuit dismissed a declaratory judgment action against Monsanto for lack of jurisdiction. Monsanto’s assurances constituted a legally binding disclaimer not to sue in cases of inadvertent contamination by their patented seeds. Since the plaintiffs had not removed themselves from the disclaimer’s protection, any “case or controversy” was moot.

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

Entrepreneur “Owns” Oprah as Second Circuit Reinstates Trademark Suit

 Kelly-Brown v. Winfrey
By Alex Shank – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the District Court for the Southern District of New York’s (S.D.N.Y.) dismissal of trademark infringement claims against Oprah Winfrey, rejecting her fair use defense. Kelly-Brown alleged that Winfrey had used her trademarked phrase “Own Your Power” “as a mark” on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine, its website, and at a magazine event.

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Posted On Jun - 18 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Samantha Rothberg

Chinese National Sentenced to 12 Years in U.S. Prison for Selling Pirated Software

Songwriters’ Rights Group BMI Sues Pandora Over Fee Dispute

Google Argues Wi-FI is “Radio Signal” in Street View Case

New York Aims to Crack Down on 3D Gun Printing

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Posted On Jun - 16 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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