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The Batmobile is a character and therefore entitled to copyright protection, at least according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Sandra Ikuta quoted the famous movie in affirming a ruling against a manufacturer of replica Batmobiles. “As Batman so sagely told Robin,” she recited, “in our well-ordered society,
News recently broke that Volkswagen released an estimated 11 million diesel-powered vehicles worldwide equipped with software capable of evading emissions testing. Some argued that Volkswagen’s obfuscation would have been more easily detected if the vehicle software was not protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA prohibits those outside of
Many are familiar with the “Monkey Selfie,” a widely circulated photo of a monkey named Naruto grinning broadly at the camera. When wildlife photographer David Slater left his camera unattended with a group of crested macaques, Naruto and his fellow simians snapped a series of selfies, including the famous shot.
For 80 years, Warner/Chappell Music Inc. has collected millions in licensing fees based on its claimed right to the lyrics of “Happy Birthday to You.” However, the federal District Court recently ruled that Warner/Chappell never owned a valid copyright for the song. The plaintiffs, a group of filmmakers and artists,
A viral video featuring a dancing baby eventually pitted Hollywood and Silicon Valley against each other in a clash over the procedural requirements of federal copyright law. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., after ongoing litigation that began when Stephanie Lenz protested Universal’s