Gibson Succeeds in Protecting The Look of Its Guitars

In 2019, Gibson, the guitar company, brought a lawsuit against Armadillo Distribution and others for trademark infringement by virtue of Armadillo’s copying of the look of Gibson’s guitars. The case went to trial on May 16, 2022. Armadillo tried to use a “laches” defense to defend the case. This defense is used where there has…

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Student Who Accosted Native Americans Outside of Lincoln Memorial Loses His Defamation Suit

On January 18, 2019, Nathan Phillips and a few Native Americans took to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Kentucky, where they encountered a crowd of students, including the Plaintiff, Nicholas Sandmann. Phillips felt that Sandmann was “blocking [him] from exiting the situation” and “intentionally stood in [Phillips’] way in order to stop [him]…

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Kanye West Sued for Copyright Infringement, Again

Kanye West released his album titled “Donda 2” in February 2022 exclusively on the Stem Player MP3 platform. The album was very successful, bringing in over $2.2 million in sales in just one day. On June 29, 2022, Ultra International Music Publishing LLC (UIMP) filed a lawsuit against Kanye West for the unauthorized use of…

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Meta Hit with Copyright Infringement Suit by Epidemic Sounds

On July 20th, 2022, a Swedish company known as Epidemic Sound filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that in creating its “Reels Remix” feature, Meta (the company that owns Facebook and Instagram) has infringed on Epidemic’s copyrighted music.  Here is what the case is about: Meta…

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Is it Worth Suing for Copyright Infringement?

The Copyright Act contains all of the laws that apply to creative, “expressive” works, like music, photography, books, screenplays, and films.  If someone copies your creative work, whether the “infringing work” be identical or “substantially similar”, you may have a claim for copyright infringement. However, you will generally need to do no less than three…

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Lil Yachty Hauls UK Music Company into Court in California Over Use of His Name and Image in NFT

On August 3, 2022, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California, Michael W. Fitzgerald, denied a motion to dismiss a case filed by Miles Park McCollum, professionally known as “Lil Yachty,” against two crypto companies called Opulous and Ditto. Opulous sells “non-fungible tokens” (“NFTs”). An NFT is essentially a digital certificate or token…

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