“The Cosby Show” Producer Demands BBC Foot the Bill for Using Show Clips in Documentary Exposé Former American icon Bill Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting at least sixty women over five decades, according to Time Magazine.  But the Carsey-Werner Company, which produced Cosby’s hit sitcom “The Cosby Show”, claims the program still has “inherent entertainment value” that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) wrongfully capitalized when it used eight clips and music from the show in its documentary “Bill Cosby – Fall of an American Icon.”  Carsey-Werner filed for copyright infringement in the U.S. View Full Post
After the outspoken conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos sued Simon & Schuster this summer for allegedly breaching their contract to publish his autobiography Dangerous, Simon & Schuster threw the book at Yiannopoulos with a motion to dismiss.  But New York Supreme Court Judge Barry Ostrager was not convinced Yiannopoulos’ suit is ready for its final chapter.  View Full Post
Food Network’s Holiday Treat Sours Amidst Copyright Infringement Suit SugarHero Video Screenshot http://www.sugarhero.com/snow-globe-cupcakes-gelatin-bubbles/ The Food Network is snowed in controversy after popular food blogger, baker and CSO (“Chief Sugar Officer”) of the recipe site SugarHero.com Elizabeth LaBau filed for copyright infringement this month alleging the network copied her video tutorial on how to create “snow globe cupcakes.” LaBau first published the recipe in 2014 and experienced so much acclaim that she posted a one-minute video tutorial to her site last December, which accumulated approximately 5.7 million views on Facebook to date.   View Full Post
Disney Seeks to Cage “Zootopia” Copyright Infringement Suit The Walt Disney Company claims there was no monkey business in creating the Oscar-winning animation film Zootopia and has moved to dismiss writer Gary L. Goldman’s lawsuit for copyright infringement.  Goldman, an author whose credits include Total Recall, Next and Minority Report, filed suit in March and alleges that Disney copied the themes, settings, plot, characters and dialogue of Goldman’s live action film and television series titled Looney which Goldman pitched to Disney in 2009.  View Full Post
The Eagles Say Suite Dreams to Hotel California in Trademark Infringement Suit 43756518 – hotel. The iconic American rock band The Eagles released its platinum album “Hotel California” in December of 1976.  It sold more than 32 million copies worldwide and its title track “Hotel California” achieved legendary status.  Over four decades later, it appears the “lovely place” on a “dark desert highway” might actually exist, but not how the band envisioned. View Full Post
MLB All-Stars Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman Cry Foul at Al Jazeera’s Documentary on Sports Dopers Copyright: americanspirit / 123RF Stock Photo The defamation lawsuit by retired three-time All-Star Philadelphia Phillies first-baseman Ryan Howard and All-Star Washington Nationals first-baseman Ryan Zimmerman against Al Jazeera over the controversial documentary The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers survived a motion to dismiss Friday.   View Full Post