Michael Jackson’s estate has launched an action against a fan who sought to profit from his image. Howard Mann had previously registered and used websites like michaeljacksonsecretvault.com and MJgives.com. The websites featured Jackson’s property, including the song “Destiny,” and images from the posthumous live documentary film “This Is It”. US District Judge said ” There…Details
Jessie J has been accused of copyright infringment by Will Loomis and parts of his tune Bright Red Chords. In particular, Loomis claims the melody for the verses to be substantially similar.
Loomis is of course looking for damages and the sum is believed to be in the sum of US$150,000.
Betcha the claim is settled before it gets to trial!
I am often asked if you have to register your copyright in the UK The answer of course is no. Copyright is an unregistered right and is granted automatically subject to various qualifying criteria. However in the US it is a good idea to do so, its only $35 and will assist you in suing…Details
If you are confused by who owns what in copyright law, take a look at this article from the Lawdit Reading Room:
As Sammy reported on this blog back in April, X-factor creation One Direction are being sued by USA punk group, also One Direction, for having the same name. News has now emerged that lawyers working for Sony/Simon Cowell have filed a counter suit for the same thing. They claim that as the One Direction (USA)…Details
http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2012/07/05/record-industry-finally-catches-up-with-man-who-made-mixtape-in-the-90s/ The Poke reported this week that it has caught up with a man who made a tape for his girlfriend. About time but it ought to act as a warning to all you rascals out there in music land. “This guy thinks he’s so clever, trying to show off facets of his personality through…Details
While P2P file sharing is on the increase, Google has reported that legitimate and lawful music services are doing very well in the UK. Google has found itself under pressure due to its linking to copyright infringing material however this report compiled last Monday with the PRS confirmed Google’s stance that blocking access rather than censoring was…Details
American singer Will Loomis is seeking damages of at least $150,000 in a case of alleged copyright infringement against singer Jessie J and her record label. According to the Guardian, he claims Jessie J and her co-writers used “substantially similar compositional elements” in the verse of her hit song ‘Domino’. Loomis even posted a YouTube…Details
A court date has now been set for the libel case of Morrissey against NME magazine, over an interview published November 2007. According to webzine Pitchfork, the singer claimed NME magazine’s interview was defamatory and portrayed him as racist. It is also claimed that the magazine “doctored his words significantly and fabricated material”. Morrissey fanzine ‘True To…Details
This Friday was the last date for the organisers of WOWfest to pay £140,000 upfront for the policing, fire service and the council. An Isle of Wight Council spokesman told the press “they would be considering the implications of the non-payment.” Meanwhile Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary has submitted an application for the event’s licence…Details