Is it Worth Suing for Copyright Infringement?

Is it Worth Suing for Copyright Infringement?

By Steven T. Lowe / November 7, 2022

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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Judge Roy Moore Loses Appeal of His Claims Against Sacha Baron Cohen

By Steven T. Lowe / November 1, 2022

As part of his television show on Showtime called “Who Is America,” Sacha Baron Cohen convinced former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Judge Roy Moore, to fly out to Washington D.C for an interview. Although Judge Moore was told that the interview was for an “Israeli Television program,” he was actually to be…

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

By Steven T. Lowe / October 25, 2022

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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Copyright Infringement Case Concerning Hit Song “You Raise Me Up” Comes To An Unfortunate End

By Steven T. Lowe / July 21, 2022

On April 25, 2022, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case concerning how different federal circuits analyze copyright infringement cases. The case that made its way to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court dealt with the allegation that Josh Groban’s hit song, “You Raise Me Up,” copied the Icelandic hit song,…

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Lizzo Knocks Out Copyright Co-Ownership Claim

By Steven T. Lowe / September 16, 2021

On April 27th, 2021, the Grammy-winning pop singer Lizzo claims about the copyright owner of the hit song “Truth Hurts” once and for all. Three unknown music artists accused Lizzo of refusing to acknowledge their role in creating her song “Truth Hurts.” Among other things, the artists Justin Raisen, Jeremiah Raisen, and Yves Rothman (the…

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Is it Worth Suing for Idea Theft/Breach of implied in fact Contract?

By Aleksandra Hilvert / May 27, 2021

Have you ever pitched a fantastic idea for a movie or television show just to have it taken from you? If so, you may have a cause of action for what is referred to as “idea theft”. As entertainment lawyers who specialize in these claims, we are often approached by potential clients and asked: “What…

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