Constitutional Law Copyright Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Troll Lawyer Denied Attorney’s Fees in Copyright Lawsuit

In an important decision from the Federal Court for the District of Oregon, a court has denied attorney’s fees to a successful copyright litigant because the court ruled that in this instance the award did not further the purposes of the Copyright Act. The lawsuit involves the pervasive litigation filed by porn companies against folks […]

Entertainment Law Intellectual Property

Weird Al’s Lawsuit Against Sony Shows How Even The Famous Can Get Ripped Off

This April, parody song genius Weird Al Yankovic and his company Ear Booker Enterprises sued Sony Music Group for failure to pay royalties on Weird Al’s songs that were digitally downloaded. Sony had been treating the downloads as “sales” rather than as “licenses” meaning that the performer gets a smaller share of the download price. […]