Copyright & Media Update 7/14/17

Monkey-selfie copyright lawsuit returns to court

BY ABRAR AL-HEETI: Can animals own the copyright to their selfies? That’s now up to a federal appeals court to decide. On Wednesday, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals questioned lawyers in a 2015 case surrounding a macaque monkey named Naruto who took selfies using British nature photographer David Slater’s camera during a 2011 trip to Indonesia. READ MORE…

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced Copyright World

By NEIL TURKEWIZ: A story concerning the attempted prosecution of Diego Gómez in Columbia has recently become one of the favorite exhibits of the copyright-skeptical crowd in seeking to demonstrate that copyright has become unbalanced and unfit for the digital age. I should note at the outset by the way that I agree that copyright has indeed become unbalanced and in need of a makeover, but precisely in the opposite direction than as proposed by EFF et al. READ MORE...

Writer claims Chelsea Clinton stole book idea

BY KAJA WHITEHOUSE & NATALIE O’NEILL: Chelsea Clinton ripped off an upstate author when she published her best-selling feminist kids book, “She Persisted,” a federal lawsuit claims.Christopher Janes Kimberley, 56, of Albany, is suing the former first daughter and Penguin Random House for copyright infringement, seeking up to $150,000, according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Southern District of New York court. READ MORE…

Kendall and Kylie Jenner Sued for Millions Over ‘Vintage’ T-Shirts

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: The Doors manager threatened to sue.  Notorious B.I.G.’s mother threatened to sue.  But a famous photographer is the first one drawing legal blood. According to legal documents just emailed to Digital Music News, photographer Michael Miller is suing the Jenner sisters for potentially millions in damages.  The suit, filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Kendall and Kylie Jenner willfully and knowingly infringed upon images of Tupac Shakur shot by Miller. READ MORE…

Copyright Office Modernization Bills Wending Their Way Through Congress

BY ROY KAUFAM: The US House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property has held many hearings over the past five years, leading to what the Subcommittee has announced will be several proposals for change to US copyright law in pursuit of updating it for the 21st century context. Among the proposals most likely to pass is a series of measures called, collectively, “modernization of the copyright office.” READ MORE…

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