Monthly Archives: August 2013

Does “Blurred Lines” Infringe Upon Other Artists’ Songs?

Pharrell Willliams, Robin Thicke and Clifford Harris (the Plaintiffs) filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles asking a federal court to find their hit, Blurred Lines, does not infringe on copyrights allegedly held by either Marvin Gaye’s family or Bridgeport Music, … Continue reading

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Bermuda Is So Close Yet So Different

The flight time between Bermuda and New York City is less than two hours, yet you feel worlds away while visiting this charming British territory.  Its proximity is certainly not reflected in Bermuda’s court system.  In the United States there … Continue reading

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Did “Midnight In Paris” Encroach Upon Faulkner’s Copyright?

The owners of William Faulkner’s literary works sued Sony Pictures for using a nine-word quote from Faulkner’s novel, Requiem for a Nun, in their movie Midnight in Paris. Faulkner wrote in Requiem for a Nun, “[t]he past is never dead.  It’s … Continue reading

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Does Elton John Own The Rights To “Nikita”?

Songwriter Guy Hobbs sued Elton John for copyright infringement.  He alleged in his complaint that the multiple Grammy-winner copied lyrics from a song he wrote for use in his hit “Nikita”.  Hobbs argued many similarities existed between their two songs, … Continue reading

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