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Mariah Carey Sued for $20M Over Holiday Hit

New Orleans bandleader says he wrote his own 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' first

(Newser) - A bandleader who co-wrote "All I Want for Christmas Is You"—not the famous, top-selling song, but another one—has decided that what he wants is $20 million. Andy Stone has filed a federal lawsuit against Mariah Carey; her co-writer, Walter Afanasieff; and Sony, saying they "intentionally...

Professor Trying to Unmask Cheaters Makes Unusual Move

Chapman University's David Berkovitz is suing his students after finding his exams posted online

(Newser) - Chapman University professor David Berkovitz instructed students not to use class materials or other resources when they completed a midterm and final exam for his business law class from home during the spring 2021 semester. He also instructed students not to copy any part of the exams. He now says...

One Song, Two Different Copyright Lawsuits

Dua Lipa sued twice over her hit 'Levitating'

(Newser) - It's one thing for a singer to get sued for copyright infringement over a smash hit. It's another to get sued twice, by two different groups of artists, over the same song. This is the fate of Dua Lipa, reports People . Last week, the Florida reggae group Artikal...

She Tried to Sell a Clapton Bootleg for $11. He Filed Suit

German court rules in favor of rock star in copyright infringement case

(Newser) - A German judge has sided with Eric Clapton in a copyright infringement case that started with a CD being listed on eBay for just over $11. Deutsche Welle reports that on Wednesday, a Duesseldorf regional court ruled a 55-year-old widow who'd tried to sell a bootlegged CD of some...

Accused Streamer Faces 514 Years in Prison

Bill Carrasquillo allegedly stole copyrighted content from cable firms, sold it to his own subscribers

(Newser) - For most people, getting arrested is, at the very least, an inconvenience. For Bill Omar Carrasquillo, his Tuesday detention was "100% a relief." That's what the 35-year-old YouTuber known as "Omi in a Hellcat" told FOX 29 Philadelphia on Wednesday outside his Swedesboro, NJ, home after...

Dua Lipa Posted Pic of Herself on Instagram. Now, a Lawsuit

Complaint against singer alleges she didn't have right to put paparazzi pic on social media

(Newser) - Someone took a picture of Dua Lipa on an airport line two years ago, and now she's being sued for posting it. Yahoo Entertainment reports the 25-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer was hit by a complaint brought by Integral Images, which is seeking more than $150,000 and a jury...

Tracy Chapman Scoops Up $450K From Nicki Minaj in Suit

Controversy centered on Minaj's song 'Sorry' using lyrics from Chapman's 'Baby Can I Hold You'

(Newser) - A copyright infringement lawsuit involving Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman has seemingly been put to rest. Per documents filed in a California federal court and reviewed by Pitchfork , Chapman, 56, who's best known for her late '80s hit "Fast Car," has accepted a $450,000 offer...

Star Drops Trump Suit Over 'Rockin' in the Free World'

President, whose rallies have played the song, said he 'didn’t love it anyway'

(Newser) - Neil Young has dropped his copyright infringement lawsuit against President Trump, whose rallies have played songs including "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil’s Sidewalk." Young, who said Trump rallies have used his songs since 2015 without a license, filed the suit in New York after...

Legal Battle of the Bands Is Over
Legal
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Legal Battle of the Bands Is Over

Supreme Court leaves 'Stairway to Heaven' with Led Zeppelin

(Newser) - The six-year legal back-and-forth over "Stairway to Heaven" has ended, with Led Zeppelin holding on to ownership of the song. The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it won't take up the case, leaving intact a March ruling by an appeals court that favored the band, the BBC...

He 'Did Wrong' by Ono Before. Suit Says He's Doing It Again

She sues John Lennon's former assistant in copyright battle going back decades

(Newser) - For decades, Yoko One has been involved in a legal skirmish with a former assistant to late husband John Lennon, and the battle has just ramped up again. TMZ reports the 87-year-old artist and activist has filed a lawsuit against Frederic Seaman, whom she accuses of copyright infringement and breach...

Judge on Markle Lawsuit: a 'House of Cards' May Fall

Duchess of Sussex hits bump in complaint against Associated Newspapers Limited

(Newser) - Meghan Markle suffered an early loss this week in her lawsuit against a UK tabloid publisher. Variety reports that Associated Newspapers Limited, which puts out the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail, can use as part of its legal defense material from a behind-the-scenes book that ADL insists Markle...

Single Mom Gets Warning on Honey Sales From Big Star
Desperate Mom
Sold Honey.
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Desperate Mom Sold Honey. Then Came Mel Gibson's Lawyer

Mel Gibson's attorney contacts unemployed Chilean woman for selling 'Miel Gibson' product

(Newser) - Trying to make ends meet while in coronavirus quarantine has been a struggle for millions around the world, including in Chile, which has had one of the most rigid lockdowns. Yohana Agurto, a Chilean single mom of four who hasn't been teaching during the pandemic, was desperate to bring...

Neil Young Sues Trump Campaign Over Use of His Songs

Singer changes his mind on lawsuit

(Newser) - Neil Young is taking his fight with President Trump a step further. The singer is now suing the Trump campaign for copyright infringement over its use of his music at campaign events, Fox News reports. Young spoke out after two of his songs were played at Trump's Mount Rushmore...

A 'Rare Takedown' Over Katy Perry Song

9-person panel decides singer's 'Dark Horse' sounds too much like Christian tune 'Joyful Noise'

(Newser) - A jury's verdict that Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song represents a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist, and sets up a battle over damages that will begin Tuesday. Monday's...

Coffee Shop: Big Company Has 'Ridiculous' Claim on Word 'Cat'

Cat and Cloud Coffee is pushing back on Caterpillar's trademark infringement claim

(Newser) - The world of copyright and trademark infringement is a tricky one that often involves David vs. Goliath battles—a truth that a coffee shop in Santa Cruz, Calif., is finding out the hard way. KSBW reports that Cat and Cloud Coffee first received a cease-and-desist order last August from none...

Warner Bros. Gets Trump Video Pulled From Twitter

Campaign clip yanked after Warner Bros. complains about use of 'Dark Knight Rises' music

(Newser) - President Trump posted a 2020 campaign video on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon, and in just a few hours it racked up more than a million views, per BuzzFeed . But if you haven't seen it by now, you may not get to anytime soon, as legal action from Warner Bros....

Sorry, Carlton, Copyright Office Unimpressed by Your Dance

It's a 'simple routine,' not something that requires a copyright, declares official

(Newser) - Bad news for Alfonso Ribeiro, aka Carlton: The "Carlton Dance" isn't a thing , at least not in the eyes of the Copyright Office. The three-step dance made famous by Ribeiro's character in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air "is a simple routine that is not registrable as...

Fortnite Makers Accused of Stealing Dance Moves

2 Milly is first artist to allege copyright infringement

(Newser) - Characters in the wildly popular video game Fortnite can snag celebratory emotes—read dances—based on real moves. There's The Floss , The Worm , and the Electro Shuffle . There's the Turk Dance as featured on Scrubs and this Seinfeld scene . And, to 2 Milly's dismay, his Milly Rock...

Tracy Chapman Sues to Block Nicki Minaj Song

She accuses Minaj of copyright infringement

(Newser) - Rapper Nicki Minaj is being sued for sampling a Tracy Chapman song without permission. Chapman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Monday in a Los Angeles federal court. The Grammy-winning singer says Minaj's unreleased track, "Sorry," incorporates the lyrics and vocal melody from her 1988 single, " Baby...

Stamp Featured Wrong Statue of Liberty, and USPS Owes $3.5M
Statue of Liberty Goof
Costs the USPS $3.5M
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Statue of Liberty Goof Costs the USPS $3.5M

It used an image of a Las Vegas version in its 2011 stamp

(Newser) - The United States Postal Service's money woes just got $3.5 million worse, and the Statue of Liberty is to blame. A judge ruled last week that the agency did commit copyright infringement when it used an image of Robert S. Davidson's Statue of Liberty on a stamp...

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