Copyright

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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February 14, 2019 - 6:11 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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November 13, 2018 - 4:50 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court hasn't fallen under the spell of Dutch witches' cheese. The European Court of Justice said Tuesday that "the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision of objectivity" and ruled that it is "not eligible for copyright protection."...
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European Parliament President Antonio Tajani listens to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivering his State of Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Sept.12, 2018. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
September 12, 2018 - 11:42 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union wants to shake up the way internet companies handle media, e-books, digital music, news articles and other content posted online by better protecting the rights of the authors and creators. EU lawmakers voted to back a report that has proved controversial and seen...
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European Parliament President Antonio Tajani listens to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivering his State of Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Sept.12, 2018. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
September 12, 2018 - 8:27 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of new copyright rules that could shake up the way internet companies use media, books, music and other content posted online. The lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, voted by 438 to 226 to back a report aimed at shielding the rights...
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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 - 2:38 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 and obtained by The...
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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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April 23, 2018 - 1:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has ruled in a case over selfies taken by a monkey that lawsuits can't be filed claiming animals have copyrights to photos. The decision Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling in favor David Slater, the photographer...
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