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First off today, Jess Goodwin at Screen Rant reports that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Warner Brothers in its ongoing case against the estates of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the two co-creators of Superman.
The case began ten years ago when one of Shuster’s heirs, Mark Peary, filed a copyright termination notice, seeking to reclaim rights to the character. Copyright law allows creators or their heirs to terminate agreements and licenses after a period of time.
However, lower courts ruled that deals struck by the families more recently invalidated their rights to copyright termination and the Appeals Court, in a 2-1 ruling, agreed. This gives Warner Brothers all of the rights to the iconic character and paves the path for the upcoming films, including one to feature both Superman and Batman.
Next up today, Music Times reports that the gospel group Crowns of Glory are suing Rick Ross, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Jake One and Universal Music over an alleged sample used during Ross’ single “God Forgive, I Don’t”.
The group claims that the song uses a clip from their 1976 track “I’m So Grateful (Keep in Touch)” and that Ross’ song, which contains vulgarity, will damage the value and reputation of their work in the gospel music scene.
The band is suing for copyright infringement, unfair competition and breach of fiduciary duty.
Finally today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that the police in Spain have arrested a man accused of leaking an album before its official release, the first in the country.
In late October a man, who turned out to be an employee at a company hired to manufacture the band’s CDs, posted to a local music forum trying to sell a pre-release copy of the new album by the band Extremoduro. He also posted the cover art and some low-quality versions of the tracks. When the band found out, they pleaded with him to stop.
However, the individual, taunted the band, saying that if they threatened him he would post the full album the next day. The police raided his home and arrested him but not before he did push the full album online on November 4th, forcing the label to move up the planned release 20 days at great expense. However, the good news for the band is that the album, entitled ‘For All Audiences” is currently number one on Spain’s charts.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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