copyright infringement

Mar 21, 2022

Professor sees exam questions online, sues students

Welcome to Monday, the 42nd anniversary of the day J.R. Ewing was shot on the television series “Dallas.” Here are some other news items. — Professor sues students for copyright infringement by posting his exam questions online. — Former law clerk accuses federal judge of pregnancy bias. — IRS often cannot compete with tax counsel […]

Jul 10, 2015

Copyrights for dummies: Md. puppet maker puzzled over suit by comedian

A lawsuit already involving Comedy Central star Jeff Dunham and inflammatory puppets couldn’t stand to get much juicier. And then Clint Eastwood got involved. Well, not really — or at least not yet — but that’s the latest twist in the case of a Maryland puppet maker being sued by Dunham’s trust for alleged copyright […]

May 8, 2015

Greenbelt firm asks judge to dismiss $350 million copyright lawsuit

Greenbelt-based law firm Joseph, Greenwald & Laake P.A. has moved to dismiss a $350 million copyright infringement and trade secrets lawsuit filed against the firm last month. The lawsuit, filed April 3 by a Maryland computer programming company, alleged one of the law firm’s attorneys stole a copyrighted software program for a travel management system used by the federal government and the[...]

Oct 28, 2014

Companies continue legal battle for Marvel superheroes

Spider-Man, X-Men and The Hulk will loom large in a federal appeals court Tuesday as a Colorado company battles with Disney for the rights to Marvel's iconic comic book characters in a longtime dispute.

Sep 2, 2014

Hacked photos of celebrities removed from some websites

As federal investigators worked Tuesday to determine who stole and posted nude photos of several female celebrities online, the images continued to be removed from various sites.

Apr 17, 2014

Record labels sue Pandora over older songs

Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.

Jan 21, 2014

Md. author loses ‘Avatar’ copyright suit

A Maryland science fiction author has lost a copyright infringement battle against director James Cameron and the makers of the movie, “Avatar.”

Nov 26, 2013

Frederick scientist claims FDA stole idea

FREDERICK — A Frederick scientist says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stole his trade secrets for software to help detect threats to the food supply. The Frederick News-Post reported Tuesday that John Hnatio says he learned of the alleged copyright infringement when he saw a similar tool offered for free on the FDA website […]

Oct 16, 2013

Jury awards $1M to stem cell photographer

A federal jury in Delaware has awarded more than $1 million to a photographer whose copyrighted photograph of stem cells was widely distributed without his consent for seven years on the website of a company that produces nutritional supplements aimed at increasing stem-cell count.

Sep 16, 2013

Law blog roundup

Harper Lee moves to kill her copyright suit.

May 6, 2013

Va. songwriters claim Bieber, Usher stole song

NORFOLK, Va. — Two Virginia songwriters are suing Justin Bieber and Usher for at least $10 million for copyright infringement. Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton claim the song “Somebody to Love” contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to a copyrighted song they wrote in 2008 by the same name. Copyright lawsuits are common in the […]

Feb 26, 2013

Illegal downloads could bring online slowdown

WASHINGTON — Internet users who illegally share music, movies or television shows online may soon get warning notices from their service providers that they are violating copyright law. Ignore the notices, and violators could face an Internet slowdown for 48 hours. Those who claim they’re innocent can protest — for a fee. For the first […]

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