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Radiohead is suing Lana Del Rey for copyright. How can the jury tell?

English rock band Radiohead is reportedly planning to sue American pop star Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement, from similarities between Del Rey’s 2017 song “Get Free” and Radiohead’s breakthrough 1992 single “Creep.” In a tweet, Del Rey confirmed that Radiohead had refused a settlement offer, and are seeking her profits. Compare “Creep” and “Get […]

Here we go: the first major copyright dispute of the 2012 elections

by Jarred Taylor Last year, I wrote two posts describing the growing role that copyright is beginning to play in electoral politics.  The gist: using either the courts or the takedown process provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, political campaigns are facing copyright claims against their political ads from content owners such as news outlets or musicians. […]

Summer IP Programs

By Nathan Lambeth Yes, it is that time of year. I and my 1L compatriots have spent plenty of time worrying over the economy while submitting resume after resume, fine-tuning cover letters, and puzzling over how to walk that fine line between being “a real go-getter” and “creepily persistent.” For those of you out there […]

From Bits to Atoms: 3D Printing and the Future of IP

by Jarred Taylor The Economist (among others) has recently reported on a rising technology called “3D printing.”  A moderately-sized machine (that you can buy outright or build yourself) reads a design file on your computer and creates a desired object by “printing” it from bottom to top, layer-by-layer.  It’s been used to create everything from jewelry to […]

Geohot in Hot Water

It appears Sony’s favorite hacker is getting creative, not at his computer screen, but in the courtroom. George Hotz, a.k.a. “geohot” in the hacking community, is claiming he had no knowledge that Sony Computer Entertainment of Amercia (SCEA) ever existed.

Colin Rushing Discusses SoundExchange with SIPS

By Joseph Kamien On Thursday, Colin Rushing visited SIPS to discuss SoundExchange. Mr. Rushing is the senior counsel for licensing and enforcement at SoundExchange, which is the sole organization entrusted by the Library of Congress with collecting and disbursing digital performance royalties. He spoke with the group about the nature of royalties in the music […]

Of Copyrights and Campaigns: Fox News Network v. Carnahan for Senate

[Note: The following post originally appears on State of Elections, the blog for William & Mary Law School’s Election Law Society.  It is cross-posted here with their generous permission.] by Jarred Taylor The intersection of copyright law and elections is growing to be an important new area of study and litigation.  The Center for Democracy and […]

Broadcasters Fighting Illegal Broadcasting

By Natch Greyes Historically, broadcasting companies have struck only a few, very limited deals to allow the dissemination of their content through online ad-supported streaming platforms, such as Hulu, other than their own websites. There is some evidence that these platforms have cut down, at least somewhat, on the problem of piracy. But, in a […]

Political Speech and DMCA Takedowns: An Imperfect Balance

By: Jarred Taylor If you follow election campaigns, you’re likely familiar with the idea of the October surprise.  The term refers to a last-minute revelation that forces a candidate’s campaign into crisis response mode, at a time when the slightest hiccup might derail their success.  Take, for example, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s recent woes […]

COICA: A Potential Shift in Intellectual Property Law

By Natch Greyes Tomorrow, September 30, 2010 the Senate Committee on the Judiciary will consider S.3804: Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act (COICA). Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Hatch (R-UT), two Senators who typically work in tandem on intellectual property, are the main drivers of this bill, but COICA has garnered support from everywhere along the […]

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