Copyright & Media Update 5/25/17

Disney Seeks Dismissal of ‘Zootopia’ Copyright Lawsuit

BY ERIQ GARDNER: The Walt Disney Company is looking to cage a high-stakes lawsuit that accuses the studio of copying work to create the Oscar-winning animation film Zootopia. On Monday, Disney brought a motion to dismiss a complaint from Esplanade Productions and characterized the lawsuit as “just another example in a long history of plaintiffs coming out of the woodwork after a motion picture has achieved critical and financial success to claim credit — and proceeds — where none is due.” READ MORE…

PayPal Says Pandora Plagiarized Its ‘P’ Logo (No, Seriously…)

BY DANIEL ADRIAN SANCHEZ: Pandora Radio’s not doing so hot right now.  In the past few months, its active user count has shrunk to its lowest numbers in several years.  Goldman Sachs also apologized for its baseless optimism that the company would turn things around.  Yet, it still believes the company will become profitable this year. READ MORE…

How data is transforming the music industry

BY BRIAN MOON: Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music. Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which songs become hits. READ MORE…

Copyright Law and New Technologies: A Long and Complex Relationship

BY BRAD GREENBURG: Copyright law and new technologies have a long history, arguably dating back to the Gutenberg Press in the 15th century—more than 200 years before passage of the matriarch of copyright statutes, Britain’s Statute of Anne. New technologies provide new tools for creative expression and new vehicles for sharing those works. But sometimes they also disrupt existing copyright regimes—as seen with player pianos (late 1800s), radio (1920s and 1930s), cable television (1960s and 1970s), photocopying (1970s), home video cassette recorders (1970s and 1980s), and, of course, digital downloading and streaming technology (today). READ MORE…

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