Recent Posts by Michael Thomas

Photo Infringement Case Instructs on Fair Use, Web Dev Contracts

A decision in a recent copyright infringement case in the Northern District of California shows that cries of fair use may fall on deaf ears if there is no discernable transformative use to point to, and demonstrates the importance of a well-written web developer agreement containing a warranties and indemnification clause. In the 8-page summary…
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The Beastie Boys’ Greatest Legal Hits

The Beastie Boys need no introduction: seminal hip-hop artists from the birthplace of hip-hop who later morphed into genre-bending icons fusing sometimes disparate influences and sonic elements into a cohesive positive musical message.  This article is not an ode to the Beasties’ musical pursuits but rather a survey of their legal exploits throughout their careers,…
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Get Real Paid: Remedies in the Turtles-Sirius Copyright Infringement Case

Last week’s ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in the Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. case has sent shockwaves through the music industry,  particularly in the areas of performance royalties and broadcasting, both digitally and possibly terrestrially. The ruling also may end up shooting new…
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Another Case to Add to the Beasties’ Greatest Legal Hits

A couple of weeks ago I made my splash into the blogosphere by announcing my intention, among other things, to write a post entitled "Beastie Boys: Greatest Legal Hits."  Now in light of the news just hitting the wire that Monster is being sued again over the same Beasties' songs, only this time by co-copyright owners Capitol and Universal, it looks…
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