Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 370 – Happy Unbirthday

Birthday CandlesIt’s a real celebration this week on the Copyright 2.0 Show! The recent “Happy Birthday” ruling has us in a jovial mood as we nail down exactly what it means for those who want to sing the song in their restaurant, film or simply do a rocking death metal cover of it.

But it’s not all candles and cake this week. We have our share of tongue-wagging and shufflin’ going on too. Plus we have the latest on the Village People copyright termination case and a bizarre dispute involving Ben Carson and the site CafePress. Fox Sports also makes an appearance as a songwriter accuses them of deliberately underpaying royalties and the state of Georgia has a fight on its hands over its legal code.

Finally, Joss Whedon prevails (quite quickly) in the Cabin in the Woods lawsuit and Kim Dotcom has finally started his extradition hearing. Only took 3.5 years.

All in all, it’s a busy week on the Copyright 2.0 Show and one you definitely don’t want to miss!

Note: There is an audio issue with this week’s episode. We were able to salvage lower-quality audio but the YouTube version, in the latter half, has an echo. I’m not linking to the YouTube version below but the audio-only version is fine, just slightly lower quality.

This week’s stories include:

  • Judge Rules Happy Birthday Copyright Claims are Invalid
  • Real Estate Developer Can’t Buy Copyright to Censor Photo
  • Rick Ross Loses “Shufflin” Lawsuit
  • Victor Willis Gets Attorney Fees in Village People Termination Case
  • Ben Carson’s Team Attacks Unauthorized Merchandise
  • Fox Sports Accused of Underpaying Royalties
  • Georgia Countersued in Dispute Over Legal Code
  • Joss Whedon Wins “Cabin in the Woods” Lawsuit
  • Kim Dotcom Extradition Hearing Starts

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Show Notes


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