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First off today, Amanda Meade at The Guardian reports that News Corp and Daily Mail Australia have settled their dispute over alleged copying of news stories.
Shortly after Daily Mail Online rebranded as Daily Mail Australia, News Corp began to protest what it considered to be copying and ripping off of its reporting, often without attribution, by Daily Mail reporters. News Corp threatened to sue in a formal letter but Daily Mail hit back, claiming that there were instances of News Corp doing the same to them.
However, now it appears that the issue has been settled and without money changing hands. The publisher of The Daily Mail said that the issue was resolved to his satisfaction but gave no indication of how it was settled.
Next up today, Nate Raymond at Reuters reports that Universal Music Group, both the label and the publisher, have filed lawsuits against Monster Beverage over the company’s use of three songs by The Beastie Boys in a promotional video.
According to the filing, Monster had used the three remixes of Beastie Boys songs as part of its promotion of a snowboarding event it was sponsoring. The new lawsuit comes three months after the surviving members of the band won their lawsuit against Monster for false endorsement, a ruling that Monster is appealing
Universal Music is suing for copyright infringement, including over both the original recording of the songs and the composition. In the earlier case, Monster was found to have not had permission to use the songs despite their claims to have secured the rights.
Finally today, Ted Johnson at Variety reports that a judge has refused to dismiss MGM’s lawsuit against Universal over the potential upcoming film “Section 6”, which MGM claims is a knock off of the James Bond franchise.
MGM and Danjaq, the producer of the James Bond films, sued Universal alleging that the script and plot are based on James Bond. Universal, however, said that the film had not even been greenlit and that the lawsuit was premature, noting that, even if the film is made, it’s likely to change significantly.
However, the judge refused to toss the lawsuit. With the decision under seal, there’s no explanation as to why, but Universal, for now, is having to answer the lawsuit as it moves forward.
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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