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  1. music
    Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Copied Christian Rap Song, Federal Jury FindsPerry, her collaborators, and her label will have to pay $2.78 million in damages.
  2. the blurred lines effect
    ‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal Backed by 212 MusiciansDanger Mouse, Jennifer Hudson, Tears for Fears, Hans Zimmer, and R. Kelly all signed the amicus brief.
  3. That Time Negativland Trolled U2 Into Suing Them Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  4. Is Richard Prince the Andy Warhol of Instagram?He always wanted to be the coolest artist in the world. But how much cred can one man appropriate?
  5. Why Copyright Infringement Is Pop’s Big ProblemWelcome to the Wild West of music-copyright law.
  6. soundalike sound-off
    Do Sleigh Bells Have a Case Against Demi Lovato?We asked a copyright expert to explain the technical aspects of the latest sound-alike controversy.
  7. Calvin, Hobbes, Twitter, and CopyrightThere is a battle going on between good and evil – right at the nexus between art and commerce, between the old way and the new, between […]
  8. david letterman
    Here’s Why You Can’t Watch Letterman’s Late Show on YouTube AnymoreHis episodes were removed from YouTube and CBS.com on Thursday.
  9. Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke, and Why Nobody Cares About Stolen JokesOn Tuesday a jury in Los Angeles found Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement and ordered them to pay $7.3 million […]
  10. copyright
    K-Pop Star Sues Sony Over Unauthorized Use of Her Music in The InterviewThis studio can’t catch a break.
  11. A Russian Broadcasting Company Got Dan Klein’s ‘This Is Comedy’ Special […]Earlier this month, comedian Dan Klein released a fantastic collection of standup tropes and clichés in the form of an hourlong special titled […]
  12. movies
    Watch Matt Zoller Seitz’s Video Essay on All That JazzHe explains why it was cut from the Criterion Blu-ray edition.
  13. ‘THR’ Explains Why Jokes Aren’t Always Covered by the Copyright ActTHR ran an interesting guest column over the weekend called “Why It’s So Hard to Get the Law to Protect a Good Joke” that explores intellectual […]
  14. lawsuits
    Harper Lee Sues Over To Kill a Mockingbird CopyrightThe 87-year-old author claims that her literary agent’s son-in-law took advantage of her bad hearing.
  15. Fox Doesn’t Care that ‘Glee’ Ripped Off Jonathan Coulton’s Cover Song Last week, a new song from the TV show Glee was released online, an acoustic cover version of Sir-Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” that used the […]
  16. Did ‘Glee’ Plagiarize Jonathan Coulton’s Cover of ‘Baby Got Back?’ Here’s a cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” from the Fox show Glee, set to air on next week’s episode. Jonathan Coulton recorded a […]
  17. lawsuits
    Faulkner Estate Files Second Lawsuit in Two DaysThis one is over a Washington Post ad.
  18. An Open Letter to Jay Leno About Stealing My Video and Then Getting It […]Dear Jay Leno, First off, my intention is not to fight you on this. You have more cars than I have dollars, and so I know I don’t stand a […]
  19. Man Claims The Hangover Part II Was Based on His LifeMichael Alan Rubin is suing Warner Brothers, arguing that the plot of The Hangover Part II was stolen from a script he wrote about his 2007 […]
  20. music
    Record Labels Prepare to Battle Artists Over Song RightsAs usual, the RIAA are the villains.
  21. copyright
    David Byrne Sues the Governor of FloridaFor using a song without permission.
  22. the take
    Fire Up Your Silk Screen: Mickey Mouse Might Be in the Public DomainDisney, of course, doesn’t think this is nearly as hilarious as we do.
  23. pop trash
    It Turns Out There Are More ‘Harry Potter’ Books, Thanks to Asian Copyright InfringersA publishing success story from a Surrealist alternate universe.