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1: Appellate Court Affirms Oprah Winfrey’s Victory in Memoir Writer’s Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Greenleaf’ Show
First off today, Adam Lasfeld at Law & Crime reports that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Oprah Winfrey in a lawsuit dealing with her TV series Greenleaf.
The lawsuit was filed by author Freda Day, who claimed that Winfrey and various companies behind the show infringed her memoir entitled From the Greenleaf to Greener Pastures. In her lawsuit, she alleged that the show copied elements of not just her title, but the plot of her book.
However, the lower court disagreed and dismissed the case, finding no substantial similarity between the works. Now, the appeals court has upheld that decision, noting that the works involved are very different and none of the alleged overlaps can be protected by copyright.
Next up today, Ernesto Van der Sar at Torrentfreak writes that Brazilian law enforcement has shut down or blocked some 226 websites and 461 piracy apps as part of the fourth wave of their “Operation 404” anti-piracy initiative.
None of the sites or apps were mentioned by name, however, according to the IFPI, all the apps were dedicated to music. However, an interesting twist in this takedown is that it is the first time that such a removal took place, at least party, in the Metaverse. This includes some four channels with allegedly illegal broadcasts and some 90 alleged pirate videos.
The effort was done in tandem with both United States and the United Kingdom law enforcement. It represents the fourth major takedown effort as part of Operation 404, though more waves are expected as authorities said the efforts were ongoing.
Finally today, Ryan Naumann at Radar Online reports that actress Lisa Rinna has settled a $1.2 million lawsuit filed by a paparazzi photo agency after she posted a photo a paparazzo took of her on her Instagram.
The lawsuit was filed by the paparazzi photo agency Backgrid, which claimed Rinna had committed copyright infringement. Rinna had initially lashed out at the lawsuit, saying that it was an attempt to “weaponize” copyright. She specifically accused the agency of trying to bolster their revenue during the pandemic lull.
The case was scheduled to head to a trial in July, but both sides have since reached a settlement. The terms of that settlement were not disclosed.