Our sincere condolences go out to Tomie dePaola’s close colleagues, including literary agent Doug Whiteman and personal assistant Bob Hechtel, his friends, and generations of fans throughout the world. We know his legacy will live on in the imaginations of young readers everywhere who are charmed by his words and images.
Moving the Needle Part II: Court Inks Decision in Favor of Defendants in Solid Oak Sketches, LLC v. 2K Games, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.)
Four years ago, we reported on a headline-worthy copyright infringement lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dealing with tattoos in video games. The case was brought by a licensing entity for tattoo artists against the makers of the popular NBA 2K games over depictions of real-life basketball
Following hot on the heels of the Ninth Circuit’s en banc decision clearing Led Zeppelin of copyright infringement allegations relating to the classic “Stairway to Heaven” (which we reported here), a California federal judge last week overturned a jury’s finding of copyright infringement against Katy Perry regarding the pop hit “Dark Horse.” Songwriters still nervous
In a decision that will likely be seen as a victory for photojournalism, a judge in the Eastern District of New York recently rejected the legal argument that an iPhone photograph, taken by a passerby who was in the right place at the right time, lacked originality. The decision represents a turn away from what
Imagine you’re sitting on the next big true crime hit. The nonfiction genre has ballooned in recent years across media, particularly in the podcasting space where production costs are relatively low and there are fewer gatekeepers to content distribution. Long gone are the days when the choice was among America’s Most Wanted, 20/20, Cold Case
Fair use is one of the most important – and most misunderstood – concepts in the area of copyright law. It is an important concept for anyone who is using content owned by third parties – which includes anyone who livestreams gaming, creates “let’s play” videos or otherwise uses gaming assets and branding. Unfortunately, there
On Monday a California appeals court handed down a decision in the closely watched case of de Havilland v. FX Networks, LLC et al., triggering a collective sigh of relief from studios, networks, and other content producers. The court’s decision reaffirms two widely recognized principles: (1) that the First Amendment’s protection of creative works is
CDAS Partner Kenneth N. Swezey will moderate a panel on business opportunities and funding essentials in digital publishing at BookExpo America on Wednesday, May 28th. The event description is below, while additional details can be found here.
In Case of First Impression, Third Circuit Says that Claim for Joint Authorship Accrues Upon “Express Repudiation”
A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit clarifies when the countdown starts for authors hoping to bring a declaratory judgment claim for joint authorship under the Copyright Act. In Brownstein v. Lindsay, the Third Circuit held that an authorship claim arises and accrues when a plaintiff’s status as an
Kenneth N. Swezey to Moderate Book Expo Panel on Digital Publishing & Transmedia Storytelling: Deals, Rights and Revenue
CDAS Partner Kenneth N. Swezey will moderate a panel on digital rights and new publishing business models at Book Expo America next Wednesday, May 29th. The panelists will be Corinne Helman of Harper Collins, Miriam Goderich of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management and Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment.