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Cher Is the Victor in Suit Against Sonny Bono's Widow

Singer wins complaint against Mary Bono over royalties; Cher is owed about $418K

(Newser) - When Cher officially split with her partner in life and business, Sonny Bono, in 1978, their divorce settlement left Bono with ownership of their song catalog, including such hits as "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On," and Cher with a 50% stake in publishing...

Italy's Quest to Protect Its Art Compared to 'a Land Grab'

Cultural code enforcement targets reproductions of iconic works in the public domain

(Newser) - For years, German toy maker Ravensburger has been decorating puzzles with Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic Vitruvian Man drawing. Under European law, copyright protections extend 70 years after the death of an artist, meaning Vitruvian Man has been in the public domain for centuries since Da Vinci's 1519 death....

Ye Was Told Not to Sample Songs, Did It Anyway
Ye Was Told Not
to Sample Songs,
Did It Anyway

Ye Was Told Not to Sample Songs, Did It Anyway

Ozzy Osbourne, Donna Summer's estate allege copyright infringement

(Newser) - Donna Summer's estate is now suing Ye and Ty Dolla $ign over their collaboration "Good (Don't Die)," which the estate has accused of sampling Summer's "I Feel Love" without permission. The copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the husband of Summer, who died in 2012,...

NYT Suit: We Suffered Billions in Damages Due to AI

It sues OpenAI and Microsoft, claiming copyright infringement

(Newser) - Another first in the category of AI-related lawsuits: The New York Times sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement on Wednesday, becoming the first major media organization in the US to do so. The Times sums up the crux of its suit : "that millions of articles published by the...

Mickey, Minnie, Tigger Will Soon Be Out of Copyright

But only the earliest version of Mickey Mouse will be public domain on Jan. 1

(Newser) - M-I-C-K-E-Y will soon belong to you and me. With several asterisks, qualifications, and caveats, Mickey Mouse in his earliest form will be the leader of the band of characters, films, and books that will become public domain as the year turns to 2024. In a moment many close observers thought...

Judge Weighs In on Legal Fight Over Banana Art

Joe Morford fails to show Maurizio Cattelan's 'Comedian' copied his earlier creation

(Newser) - The Italian artist who stuck a banana to a wall with duct tape wasn't copying the work of a contemporary who taped a banana and an orange to two panels and called it art years earlier. A US district judge for the Southern District of Florida ruled against California-based...

Photographer Wins Her Case Against Andy Warhol

Supreme Court decides he violated copyright when he made portraits of Prince based on a photograph

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled against the late Andy Warhol in a case involving portraits he made of Prince back in the 1980s. The copyright decision split along unusual lines, with Sonia Sotomayor writing the majority opinion and Elena Kagan the dissent. The majority ruled that Warhol, who died in...

Ed Sheeran Sings, Plays Guitar in Court

Singer denies ripping off Marvin Gaye song

(Newser) - If any Ed Sheeran fans survived the jury selection process for the singer's copyright trial in Manhattan federal court, they had a treat on Thursday: The English singer played guitar and sang parts of his hit " Thinking Out Loud ," which the heirs of Marvin Gaye's co-writer...

Sherlock Is Entering the Public Domain

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous stories are among notable works becoming fair game in 2023

(Newser) - Sherlock Holmes is finally free to the American public in 2023. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales of a whipsmart detective are fair game as of Jan. 1, as the 1927 copyrights expire for the author's last Sherlock Holmes work, per the AP . Alongside the short-story collection The Case-Book ...

This Isn't Your Mother's Winnie the Pooh
This Isn't Your Mother's
Winnie the Pooh

This Isn't Your Mother's Winnie the Pooh

Public domain rules allow for this gory adaptation

(Newser) - This is why you should always read the reviews carefully before taking your kids to the theater. The trailer for a new Winnie the Pooh movie, based on the lovable bear created by UK author AA Milne, dropped Wednesday. But in this nearly two-minute sneak peek at Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and ...

Senator Moves to Strip 'Woke' Disney of Copyrights

Josh Hawley wants to reduce protection term from 95 years to 56 years

(Newser) - Sen. Josh Hawley has taken the Republican attacks on Disney to a new level: The senator introduced a bill Tuesday that would undo decades of copyright law for large corporations, retroactively stripping Disney of its rights to many characters, the Hill reports. In a press release, Hawley made it clear...

Katy Perry Emerges the Victor in 'Dark Horse' Suit

Songwriters are off the hook as court upholds decision to vacate copyright infringement ruling

(Newser) - Update: Katy Perry and her co-writers of "Dark Horse" can breathe a sigh of relief. A federal appeals court ruled 3-0 on Thursday that Christian rapper Flame—initially awarded $2.8 million in damages for copyright infringement—failed to prove anything "original" was copied from his 2009 song...

One Song, Two Different Copyright Lawsuits

Dua Lipa sued twice over her hit 'Levitating'

(Newser) - It's one thing for a singer to get sued for copyright infringement over a smash hit. It's another to get sued twice, by two different groups of artists, over the same song. This is the fate of Dua Lipa, reports People . Last week, the Florida reggae group Artikal...

Sting Joins Artists Selling Songwriting Catalogs
Sting Sells

Sting Sells Songwriting Catalog

Sale to Universal includes releases by the Police

(Newser) - Sting has sold his songwriting catalog, including his output with the Police, to the Universal Music Group. The deal announced Thursday is estimated to be worth $300 million, the New York Times reports, and includes more than 600 songs. Sting, 70, has been on the Universal label for most of...

She Tried to Sell a Clapton Bootleg for $11. He Filed Suit

German court rules in favor of rock star in copyright infringement case

(Newser) - A German judge has sided with Eric Clapton in a copyright infringement case that started with a CD being listed on eBay for just over $11. Deutsche Welle reports that on Wednesday, a Duesseldorf regional court ruled a 55-year-old widow who'd tried to sell a bootlegged CD of some...

Dua Lipa Posted Pic of Herself on Instagram. Now, a Lawsuit

Complaint against singer alleges she didn't have right to put paparazzi pic on social media

(Newser) - Someone took a picture of Dua Lipa on an airport line two years ago, and now she's being sued for posting it. Yahoo Entertainment reports the 25-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer was hit by a complaint brought by Integral Images, which is seeking more than $150,000 and a jury...

Judge Sounds a Bit Skeptical Over Billions Copyright Claim

Performance coach Denise Shull says the show ripped off her ideas

(Newser) - The show Billions remains in pandemic limbo, but Dealbreaker notes that fans can at least occupy themselves with a related court fight. Denise Shull, a performance coach, claims the show ripped off her ideas and image as personified in character Wendy Rhoades (played by Maggie Siff). The suit has been...

Supreme Court Backs Google in Landmark Copyright Case

Justices say company doesn't owe Oracle over use of its code

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sided with Google in an $8 billion copyright dispute with Oracle on Monday. The case has to do with Google's creation of the Android operating system, now used on the vast majority of smartphones worldwide, per the AP . To create Android, which was released in 2007,...

Banksy Just Suffered a 'Devastating' Loss

Street artist loses EU trademark fight with greeting card company over his own artwork

(Newser) - In a desperate move to claim the trademark for one of his most famous works, British street artist Banksy, usually known for floating untethered in anonymity, opened up a shop last fall, hoping to sway European Union judges in his favor. His efforts—deemed a "weakass attempt" by Techdirt...

Court Keeps This Land Is Your Land Out of Public Domain

Group challenged copyright after having to pay $45.50 to record Woody Guthrie's song

(Newser) - This Land Is Your Land, the folk anthem written by Woody Guthrie in 1940 and sung at political rallies and around campfires for decades, is staying out of the public domain. A federal judge made the ruling in a copyright challenge by a musical group that had to pay $45....

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