A California jury decided quickly and unanimously that Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" was not substantially similar to Spirit's "Taurus" as the estate of the band's guitarist claimed in its copyright infringement suit. The case was reported on here when it was at the summary judgment phase, and climaxed with a decision reached after less…Read more
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The question of whether the sound recording mastering process, and thus the fruits of mastering engineers' labors, can meet the originality standard under copyright law was decided in a case reported on here in April, ABS Entertainment v. CBS Corporation. CBS defeated copyright infringement claims for use of pre-1972 recordings of the plaintiffs' classic artists such…Read more
On May 11, 2016 President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), ushering in a new era in trade secret protection. The DTSA, which can be found in federal statutes at 18 U.S.C. § 1836, gives small business owners plenty to use on offense for protecting their valuable trade secrets, but also…Read more
A record company suing CBS for infringing its pre-1972 sound recordings was hit with a novel and thought-provoking defense theory that could substantially limit the reach of its copyright if accepted. In ABS Entertainment v. CBS Corporation, CBS asserted that when it played the plaintiff’s songs, they were in fact remastered CD versions of the…Read more
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