Rocker Joan Jett may love rock n’ roll but apparently she does not love trademark infringement. On June 12, 2013, Joan Jett brought suit on behalf of her record label Blackheart Records against retailer Hot Topic for trademark infringement and other claims. The lawsuit was sparked by Hot Topic’s use of the name “Blackheart” for
Former lead singer of the alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots (“STP”) has led a notorious life of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll but now lawsuits can be added to that list. On May 24th, STP filed a lawsuit against Weiland claiming breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and violation of the Lanham
Guess who’s back, back again, Eminem, and this time he is dueling it out with Facebook. On May 20, 2013, a lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Michigan by rapper Eminem’s publishing company, Eight Mile Style, alleging copyright infringement by Facebook. Eight Mile Style alleges that Facebook, together with its advertising agency, Wieden
Yet again, the relationship between copyright protection and Fair Use has been tested. In a suit for copyright infringement by photographer Patrick Cariou against appropriation artist Richard Prince, the district court for the Southern District of New York held for Cariou. But on April 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second
Back in the days of audio cassettes, music was routinely copied and shared with others but the quality of the copy was always poor. Now, with the advent of digital music, perfectly pristine copies of music can be shared, but an April 2013 court decision dealt a huge blow to the digital music secondhand market.
Kanye West, whether you like him or not, is one of the world’s most famous rappers. He is now also the target of a copyright infringement lawsuit based upon his number one hit song “Gold Digger,” despite the song having been released 7 years ago. Earlier this month, a case was filed in the Central