“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (New York) voted 2-1 to uphold a lower court decision and allow Aereo to continue streaming local TV broadcast signals over the Web for a monthly fee.”
“Recently, President Obama signed into law two bills that strengthen the EEA and the protection of employer’s trade secrets. On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012 (“TTSCA”). The TTSCA amends the EEA so that it is a criminal offense to intentionally misappropriate a trade secret “that is related to a product or service used in or intended for use in interstate or foreign commerce . . . .” On January 14, 2013, President Obama signed the Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012 (“FEEPEA”), which increases the penalties for violating the EEA.”
“Lawyers for Stone, who claims Goldstein duped him out of his royalties, have purchased a $1.7 million judgment against the manager. The judgment was obtained by First California Bank last year after Goldstein defaulted on a loan secured by Stone’s future royalties. By purchasing the judgment, Stone’s legal team could foreclose on the assets—including the name Sly and the Family Stone—owned by Goldstein’s companies.”
The creatively named Good Morning to You Productions, a documentary film company planning a film about the song Happy Birthday, has now filed a lawsuit concerning the copyright of Happy Birthday and are seeking to force Warner/Chappell to return the millions of dollars it has collected over the years.
“Pandora is getting into FM radio, with the acquisition of a station called KXMZ-FM in Rapid City, South Dakota … ‘To put this in perspective, at least 16 of the top 20 Internet radio services that compete with Pandora operate under the RMLC license that has not been made available to Pandora,’ writes Pandora’s Christopher Harrison in a blog post explaining the KXMZ-FM acquisition. ‘This acquisition allows us to qualify for the same RMLC license under the same terms as our competitors.’”
“Last month, Craigslist sued 3Taps and Padmapper for scraping and repackaging its classified ads. Since then, it has extracted greater IP rights from its advertisers and reportedly may de-index the listings from Google.”
A New York Federal Judge both ruled for the two Black Swan interns suing Fox Searchlight Pictures and gave class certification to a number of interns who had worked at the company in another win for unpaid interns across America on Tuesday. The win was two-fold: one, the Judge said there was evidence that the two men “were essentially regular employees”, and two, that “these internships did not foster an educational environment and that the studio received the benefits of the work.”
“[A] new lawsuit claims that Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Apple Corps tortiously interfered with the release of the documentary The Beatles: The Lost Concert. According to Ace Arts, the company got hold of a 35-minute tape of a Feb. 11, 1964 Beatles concert at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C. The tape of the concert passed through several hands before eventually being acquired by Ace. The company says it entered into a deal with Screenvision Exhibition to show the documentary in 500 theaters nationwide before Sony/ATV and Apple Corps interfered.”