Copyright & Media Update 8/24/2018

Lynyrd Skynyrd Sued Over Jerry Lee Lewis Photo Displayed During Farewell Tour Performances

BY ASHLEY CULLINS: Lynyrd Skynyrd is being sued by a photographer who claims the rock band used his image of Jerry Lee Lewis in its farewell tour without proper attribution. Larry Philpot says the group used his photo of Lewis without permission and stripped the image of its copyright management information, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in California federal court. READ MORE…

Copyright infringement is definitely “stealing”, reckons judge in BMG v Cox case

BY CHRIS COOKE: As we all know, “you wouldn’t steal a car”. Or a handbag. Or a television. So will you all stop nicking movies off the internet please! Why? Because “downloading pirated films is stealing” of course! READ MORE…

How Can I Copyright the Name of My Band?

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: Words and short phrases such as names, titles and slogans are not subject to copyright protection. See 37 C.F.R. §  202.1(a) at: https://www.copyright.gov/title37/202/37cfr202-1.html. Consequently, the name of your band would not be eligible for copyright protection. READ MORE…

Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Against CBS Over Pre-1972 Recordings

BY ERIQ GARDNER: CBS Radio must again contend with a lawsuit brought by ABS Entertainment, owner of recordings by Al Green and others. On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wiped out an eye-opening 2016 summary judgment ruling by a trial court in CBS’ favor that raised the prospect that music owners could enjoy perpetual copyright because remastered versions were independently copyrightable. In the decision, the appeals court concludes that the judge shouldn’t have ruled so quickly for CBS and casts doubt on whether remastered sound recordings exhibit enough originality to be copyrightable. READ MORE…

Platform Responsibility? How about starting with legal content?

BY DAVID NEWHOFF: It may be hip these day to talk about platform responsibility, but just a couple years ago, there were no mainstream conversations about how the operations and policies of online service providers might be enabling misinformation, hate speech, propaganda, etc. And while mea culpas from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey make headlines, and Google tries to pitch the general message that “we’re all in this together,” my more cynical self wonders whether these service providers are just waiting out the news cycle. READ MORE…

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