Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Weekly Wednesday Wrapup - May 5, 2010

This week the Second Circuit and rappers bring the headlines in copyright news:
  • Remember: Copyright does not cover ideas including pureeing vegetables to “sneak” them into kids' diets. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, upheld a lower court’s decision that no copyright infringement occurred as Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food was “very different” from Missy Chase Lapine’s cookbook The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals. See order here.

  • Second Circuit upholds RIAA’s method of obtaining identities of alleged copyright infringers who downloaded music through subpoenas of internet service providers. See order here.

  • Second Circuit vacates preliminary injunction and remands to district court to follow the Supreme Court’s decision in Ebay v. MercExchange where court finds likelihood of copyright infringement of The Catcher in the Rye and its main character Holden Caufield by Fredrik Colting and his book 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. See order here.
Now onto the rappers:
  • Lil Wayne has been sued for copyright infringement by rapper Dirahn Gilliams who claims Lil Wayne used portions of his song “Grinding Like A Goon” in the multi-platinum hit “Lollipop”.

  • Continuing with the hip hop theme, Akon filed a copyright lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against Konvict cosmetics over their Konvict fragrance. According to the rapper, he had been in talks with the company over a fragrance line, however no deal was actually finalized.
And in other news:
  • Don Henley has sued the Republican Senate hopeful Chuck DeVore for copyright infringement after Devore retooled Henley’s songs “The Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants to Do is Dance” to “Hope of November” and “All She Wants to Do is Tax” in campaign videos.
    See complaint here.

  • While fair use is likely to be raised by DeVore, I don’t think that he has the same arguments in the You Tube / Prince lawsuit. Nor do I think that a claim of parody could be successful – it is difficult to comprehend how a political attack ad to drum up political campaign contributions [there goes the whole not for profit angle] can be seen as a parody of the Don Henley songs. DeVore and other Defendants claim that they were making a political point as Henley represents the entertainment industry. [This is not only a weak argument but also leads anyone to believe DeVore could have taken any song by any artist and claim that they represent the entertainment industry.]

1 comment:

  1. great should do a case of the week