The FCC has decided that Jay Leno's interview with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the "Tonight Show" was a bona fide news segment, and therefore Phil Angelides - the governor's opponent in the November election - is not entitled to equal air time on TV stations that carried the interview.
In the Matter of
Equal Opportunities Complaint
Copyright Office has decided that all types of ringtones
(monophonic, polyphonic and mastertones) qualify for statutory
licenses, just like CDs and other music recordings, so music
publishers cannot refuse to grant or charge more for ringtone
the Matter of Mechanical and Digital
The Canadian Supreme Court has held that
newspapers are not entitled to republish, in electronic databases,
articles by freelance writers, without their consent, despite a
provision of Canadian copyright law that gives publishers the
right to reproduce “any substantial part” of their works “in
any material form whatsoever.”
v. Thomson Corp.
has ordered the transfer of the domain “tomcruise.com” to
actor Tom Cruise from a Canadian company that had been using it
for an advertising website.
Tom Cruise v. Network Operations Center
has ordered the transfer of the domain “waynerooney.com” to
British soccer player Wayne Rooney from an Everton soccer fan who
felt “betrayed” when Rooney moved to Manchester United.
48 Limited v. Marshall
and Warner Bros. will have to defend, at trial, a claim that their
film "The Island" infringed the copyright to the movie
"The Clonus Horror."
recording of “Baby Boy” does not infringe the copyright to
“Got a Little Bit of Love for You,” because the two songs are
not substantially similar (even though both contain the common
lyric “Every time I close my eyes”).
Missouri appeals court has affirmed a jury verdict awarding Tony
Twist $15 million in the hockey player’s right of publicity case
objecting to the use of his name for a gangster character in a
comic book, because Twist’s name was used to sell comic books
and products – not to make expressive comment about Twist as an
athlete – and thus the use was not protected by the First
magazine did not invade a woman’s privacy when it published a
photo of her baring her breasts at a pig roast for motorcycle
v. Paisano Publications LLC