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Kim Dotcom Brings Own Chair to Extradition Hearing

It's expected to last 4 weeks

(Newser) - The colorful founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, closed by authorities in 2012, will face trial in the US if prosecutors have their way. Kim Dotcom —charged with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, racketeering, and money-laundering—appeared in a New Zealand court today for an extradition hearing in which US... More »

Justin Bieber, Usher Face $10M Copyright Suit Over Song

Judge thinks 'Somebody to Love' is a little familiar

(Newser) - Justin Bieber and Usher might be on the hook for $10 million after being accused of ripping off a song. An appeals court in Virginia today ordered the pair to stand trial over "Somebody to Love." An R&B singer named De Rico claims that he and his... More »

'Blurred Lines' Lawyer Has Long Been a Disrupter

But this case may be Richard Busch's 'most satisfying'

(Newser) - A jury has found that Robin Thicke's inescapable song "Blurred Lines" borrowed a little too heavily from Marvin Gaye —and that ruling may owe a lot to lawyer Richard Busch, who represented Gaye's family, the New York Times reports in a profile of the man who... More »

Microsoft Dumps Widget Sued for 'Massive Infringement'

Company yanks Bing photo-collecting tool

(Newser) - A photo widget on Microsoft's Bing service has led to a lawsuit claiming "massive infringement" on copyright. Microsoft has removed the offending tool, which allowed users to post photos and slideshows onto their websites, Sky News reports. The images, collected via Bing, came from all over the Internet—... More »

Student Could Get 8 Years for Sharing Paper Online

He falls foul of tough Colombian copyright law

(Newser) - A grad student in Colombia who says he just wanted to help other researchers—and the endangered amphibians they study—could get up to eight years in prison for copyright infringement after sharing a research paper he found online. Diego Gomez, 26, posted the paper on a file-sharing site and... More »

Beastie Boys Score $1.7M Over Copyright

Band gets another court victory, this time over Monster Beverage

(Newser) - It's not the $2.5 million they wanted, but it's darn close. The Beastie Boys have been awarded $1.7 million in court after Monster Beverage used the band's music in a 2012 promotional ad without permission, E! reports. The money will be divided among Michael "... More »

Pirate Bay Founder Busted After 2 Years on the Run

File-sharing pioneer now has 8 months to serve

(Newser) - After almost two years, Swedish police have caught up with one of the founders of the Pirate Bay file-sharing site and he has been sent to serve an eight-month sentence for copyright infringement. Peter Sunde, who was sentenced and fined nearly $7 million in 2010, was captured in southern Sweden... More »

Bar Owner Fined $21K— Over Karaoke

Her establishment wasn't registered with BMI

(Newser) - A few weeks after some newly-returned vets sang patriotic Toby Keith songs at a Colorado Springs bar's karaoke night in 2012, the bar owner found herself slapped with a $21,000 fine for not having permission to play the songs in her bar. LeShawn Carey registered the Carey-On Saloon... More »

Artist Sues USPS Over Lady Liberty Stamp Error

Image on stamp is from his sculpture in Vegas, not the original

(Newser) - The Postal Service just cannot catch a break these days. A sculptor has sued the USPS because it mistakenly used his version of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp instead of the original in New York Harbor, reports AP . The mistake itself is old news : The Postal Service created... More »

Beastie Boys Threaten Suit Over Inspiring Viral Video

GoldieBlox ad uses a parody of 'Girls'

(Newser) - You've probably seen it on your Facebook feed this week: the latest inspiring ad from GoldieBlox, the toy company aiming to break gender stereotypes by releasing toys focused on engineering and science (as opposed to the color pink). In this ad, as a parody of the Beastie Boys hit... More »

Samsung Owes Apple Another $290M

Damages are for copying features from iPhone, iPad

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley jury today added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million. The verdict covers 13 older Samsung devices that a previous... More »

Piracy-Fighting Plan: Teach Copyright Law to Little Kids

MPAA backs planned 'Be a Creator' program

(Newser) - The Motion Picture Association of America wants young people to know that piracy is a crime—and the group is hoping to get the message out early. It's teaming up with the Recording Industry Association of America and Internet service providers to push an anti-piracy program in elementary schools,... More »

Marvin Gaye's Kids Sue Robin Thicke

Family alleges copyright infringement over 'Blurred Lines'

(Newser) - As expected, Marvin Gaye's family is suing Robin Thicke over his hit song, "Blurred Lines." Thicke pre-emptively ( and "reluctantly" ) sued Gaye's family to protect the song after they alleged it was too similar to Gaye's "Got to Give It Up,"... More »

'Full Screen Mario' Must Come Down

Nintendo shouldn't have to hand over its mascot: Ryan Vogt

(Newser) - Ryan Vogt will be the first to admit that Full Screen Mario, a perfect re-creation of Nintendo's iconic Super Mario Bros. created by a college student and playable for free online, is "amazing." That doesn't mean it should remain available, however. In fact, the game "... More »

Robin Thicke 'Reluctantly' Sues Marvin Gaye's Family

Over 'Blurred Lines' dispute

(Newser) - Robin Thicke has "the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye" ... but he's suing Gaye's family anyway. Thicke, whose "Blurred Lines" is arguably the song of the summer (well, along with this one ), filed the lawsuit yesterday along with Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris,... More »

11 Artists Accused of Stealing Music

Madonna should maybe lay off the Gaga accusations...

(Newser) - Even such a legendary band as the Beatles once found itself in a copyright infringement mess, when the band was accused of pilfering the beat and lyrics for "Come Together" from a Chuck Berry song. Huffington Post rounds up 11 musicians who have been accused of stealing parts of... More »

Court Sides With Student on Textbook Copyright

Publisher loses case at Supreme Court over resales

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled today that textbooks and other goods made and sold abroad can be re-sold online and in discount stores without violating US copyright law. The outcome was a huge relief to eBay, Costco, and other businesses that trade in products made outside the US. In a 6-3... More »

ISPs Kick Off Effort to Stop Your Illegal Downloading

ISPs look to slow, yank Internet access via 'six strikes' system

(Newser) - Many of the biggest Internet Service Providers have a new plan to keep customers from illegal downloading, and they're rolling it out over the next few days. The "six strikes" Copyright Alert System involves six notices, sent with increasing urgency, that your ISP suspects you of peer-to-peer piracy.... More »

UK Court Unamused With Apple Note, Orders Rewrite

'I'm at a loss,' says judge of Samsung post

(Newser) - A British court wants Apple to take another crack at writing a public notice saying that Samsung isn't a copycat, and this time it's being ordered to hold the snark. The weirdness started in July, when a British court ordered Apple to post a note on its website... More »

Faulkner Estate Sues Over Midnight in Paris Quote

Incredibly common quote said with attribution

(Newser) - Maybe you've heard William Faulkner's famous quote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Well, don't you dare repeat it. Because Faulkner Literary Rights, a company that owns the rights to many of the literary giant's works, is suing Sony Pictures... More »

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