Batiste v. Lewis

A local jazz musician, Paul Batiste, sued an internationally famous hiphop duo for copyright infringement. He says the group digitally sampled his songs. Finding no evidence of copying, the district court granted summary judgment for the defendants and then ordered... Read more →

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Skidmore v. Zeppelin

The en banc court affirmed the district court’s judgment after a jury trial in favor of Led Zeppelin in a copyright action alleging that the opening notes of Stairway to Heaven infringed Taurus, a song written by guitarist Randy Wolfe... Read more →

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Parker v. Winwood

Plaintiffs Willia Dean Parker and Rose Banks sued defendants Mervyn Winwood, Steve Winwood, and Kobalt Music Publishing for copyright infringement. The district court found that plaintiffs failed to submit admissible evidence showing that Steve copied plaintiffs’ protected work—one element of... Read more →

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SoundExchange, Inc. v. Muzak LLC

This case pits SoundExchange, a nonprofit entity, charged with the responsibility of collecting royalties for performing artists and copyright owners of music, against Muzak, a company that supplies digital music channels to satellite television networks who, in turn, sell to... Read more →

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Cortes-Ramos v. Sony Corp. of America

Luis Adrián Cortés Ramos ("Cortés") appeals from the dismissal of his contract and intellectual property claims against a variety of companies affiliated with Sony Music Entertainment ("Sony"). The dispute concerns an original song and music video that Cortés submitted to... Read more →

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RIAA v. Library of Congress

By law, the Copyright Royalty Board sets the terms and rates for copyright royalties when copyright owners and licensees fail to negotiate terms and rates themselves. As part of its statutory mandate, the Board sets royalty terms and rates for... Read more →

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