Copyright

People gather at the front of the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France, Tuesday March 26, 2019, to show their support for the copyright bill. The European Parliament is furiously debating the pros and cons of a landmark copyright bill one last time before the legislature will vote on it later. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
March 26, 2019 - 3:58 pm
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union lawmakers approved a copyright directive Tuesday to give writers and artists more protection of their creative rights and incomes, an intensely contentious measure that could have major trans-Atlantic implications for American technology companies. The...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, Alfonso Ribeiro arrives at the Disney/ABC 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the “Carlton” dance, which he’s suing two videogame makers over. The denial from the U.S. Copyright Office was revealed Wednesday in a motion to dismiss Ribeiro’s lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, the makers of 2K Sports, which Ribeiro says illegally makes use of the dance. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
February 14, 2019 - 8:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the "Carlton" dance, which he's suing two videogame makers over. The denial from the U.S. Copyright Office was revealed Wednesday in a motion to dismiss Ribeiro's lawsuit against Take-Two...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, center, performs "God is a woman" at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Grande, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star's widely-viewed "God is a Woman" music video. Representatives for Grande did not immediately respond Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, to messages about the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Nevada by attorneys for Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
February 04, 2019 - 6:52 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Ariana Grande, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star's widely-viewed "God is a Woman" music video. Representatives for Grande did not immediately respond Monday to messages about...
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FILE - In this July 13, 1985 file photo, Led Zeppelin bandmates, singer Robert Plant, left, and guitarist Jimmy Page, reunite to perform for the Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. A U.S. appeals court on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, ordered a new trial in a lawsuit accusing Led Zeppelin of copying an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven." (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
September 28, 2018 - 5:46 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered a new trial in a lawsuit accusing Led Zeppelin of copying an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven." A federal court jury in Los Angeles two years ago found Led Zeppelin did not steal...
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June 01, 2018 - 11:20 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prince's estate is suing an Oklahoma man for alleged copyright infringement. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Oklahoma City accuses Phil Shadid, of Yukon, of violating the estate's copyright by distributing videos from the band Vanity 6's self-titled 1982 album on...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2009 file photo, Michael Jackson announces upcoming concerts at the London O2 Arena in London. The estate of Michael Jackson is suing Disney, saying an ABC television special on the singer’s last days infringed on its intellectual property. The estate filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the network and parent company Disney in federal court in Los Angeles. It alleges that last week’s special “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” illegally uses significant and repeated excerpts of his most valuable songs including “Billie Jean,” and “Bad,” substantial excerpts of his music videos including “Thriller” and “Black or White,” and excerpts from a documentary and feature film that belong to the estate. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
May 30, 2018 - 7:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Michael Jackson sued ABC and parent company Disney on Wednesday, saying a two-hour documentary on the singer's last days improperly used the King of Pop's songs, music videos and movies. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles alleges that last week's...
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File - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, Jeffrey Kerr, general counsel to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), speaks to reporters outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. A monkey cannot sue over rights to photos that it took because U.S. copyright law does not allow animals to file lawsuits, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday, April 23, 2018, in a novel case over selfies taken by a crested macaque. A unanimous, three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against David Slater, the photographer whose camera was used by the monkey in 2011 to take the photos. Kerr said the group was reviewing the opinion and had not decided yet whether it would appeal. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
April 23, 2018 - 8:41 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Monday favored humans over animals in a novel copyright lawsuit filed over a series of entertaining selfies taken by a monkey with a toothy grin. U.S. copyright law does not allow lawsuits that seek to give animals the rights to photographs or other...
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FILE - This Wednesday, June 5, 2013 file photo shows a general view of the crowd in St. Peter's Square during Pope Francis general audience, at the Vatican.The Vatican’s crackdown on the commercial use of its official emblems has found resistance from a Spanish website that refuses to give up on referencing the seat of the Catholic Church in its masthead. Spain’s trademark office said in September 2017 that InfoVaticana.com, a privately-run website that publishes articles about religion in Spanish and Italian, can’t register as a brand because that would mislead readers about being officially tied to the Holy See. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
March 20, 2018 - 6:30 am
MADRID (AP) — A Vatican crackdown on the commercial use of its official emblems has met resistance from a Spanish website that refuses to stop referencing the seat of the Catholic Church in its masthead. So far, Spain's trademark office has taken the Vatican's side. It ruled that InfoVaticana.com...
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February 27, 2018 - 12:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A media monitoring company is cheating Fox News out of revenue by failing to pay for some content it resells, a federal appeals court said Tuesday in a decision closely watched in the news broadcasting industry. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against TVEyes Inc., a...
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January 28, 2018 - 6:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by more than 40 percent to narrow the financial divide separating them from recording labels. The decision announced earlier this weekend by the National Music Publishers'...
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