'Happy Birthday' Song Publisher To Pay $14M To Settle Copyright ChallengeNow that the 'Happy Birthday' song is officially part of the public domain, people who paid copyright fees to sing it are probably going to get their money back.
Judge Rules That Monkey Can't Hold Copyright To Famous SelfieA federal judge in San Francisco said Wednesday he plans to dismiss a copyright lawsuit filed on behalf of an Indonesian monkey by an advocacy group that claims the animal owns the rights to a famous series of “monkey selfie” photographs.
Pandora To Pay $90 Million To Settle Suit Over Pre-1972 Hits Streaming music company Pandora has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit brought by major record labels over its use of recordings released before 1972.
Bikram Yoga Sequence Not Entitled To Copyright Protection, Court RulesA federal appeals court says a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises used in hot yoga classes is not entitled to copyright protection.
Appeals Court Finds Batmobile Is Entitled To Copyright ProtectionBatman won't have to worry about Batmobile knockoffs after a federal appeals court ruled the caped crusader's vehicle is entitled to copyright protection.
Judge Rules 'Happy Birthday To You' Is Public DomainA federal judge has ruled that the music publishing company that has been collecting royalties for the song “Happy Birthday To You” does not hold a valid copyright to the popular tune that is sung worldwide.
PETA Files Lawsuit In SF Court To Give Monkey Ownership Of His Own Selfie PhotosA macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs should be declared the copyright owner of the photos, rather than the nature photographer who positioned the camera, animal-rights activists contend in a novel lawsuit.
Napster All Over Again: Periscope Users Could Face $150,000+ Fines, Jail Time For Live-Streaming Copyrighted EventsThe Mayweather-Pacquiao fight may have been a "win" for Twitter-owned Periscope, but for users who share a copyrighted live event, it could be a major loss -- of up o $150,000 in penalties per incident.
Oakland-Based Pandora Internet Radio Cuts First-Ever Direct Deal With Artists Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations.
San Jose Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Selling Counterfeit CDs, DVDsA 22-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a copyright infringement scheme that involved selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs in Northern California.
Jury Says Samsung, Apple Infringed On Each Other's Smartphone PatentsA California jury awarded Apple $119.46 million, far less than it demanded, in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung’s patents.
Apple Demands $380M From Samsung In Patent TrialApple demanded that Samsung Electronics pay it $380 million for copying vital iPhone and iPad features.

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