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First off today, Howard Cohen at the Miami Herald reports that Rick Ross has appealed his lawsuit against the band LMFAO to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, asking it to overturn an earlier dismissal in the case.
Ross sued LMFAO over their song Party Rock Anthem, which used the line “Every day I’m shufflin'”. According to Ross, that line was an infringement of his song Hustlin’, which used the line “Every day I’m hustlin'”. The lower court threw out the case due to errors in the copyright registration. However, the judge said that, even without those errors, the case was unlikely to succeed as the line itself is not copyrightable and, even if it were, the use did not rise to infringement.
However, Rick Ross is undaunted and is taking his arguments to the appeals court saying that the registrations are valid because there was no intent to commit fraud.
Next up today, Isaac Kaplan at Artsy reports that the fashion label Marc Jacobs has been sued for copyright infringement by artist Katie Thierjung and two private companies.
Thierjung alleges that pins from Marc Jacobs’ Resort 2017 collection are based upon her work. The pins include a parrot, a highball glass and a margarita glass created by her. Other infringements alleged include a police car and a champagne glass pin.
The lawsuit is calling for an injunction to halt sales of the pins involved as well as statutory damages for the infringement. Marc Jacobs has not responded to the lawsuit.
Finally today, Colin Mann a Advanced Television reports that a pub owner in Edinburgh has been found in contempt of court for failing to adhere to a 2016 court ruling that ordered him to pay damages and cease infringing on the UK broadcaster Sky’s copyright.
In 2016 pub owner Robert Stewart was brought to court by Sky for allegedly showing Sky programming without a proper commercial license. The court sided with Sky and ordered Stewart to pay £15,000 ($20,000) in damages and cease infringements.
However, now Stewart has been found in breach of that edict and has been hit with a £3,500 ($4,600) fine for contempt of court and has been ordered to pay a proportion of the court costs, totally over £25,000 ($33,000).
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.