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California’s appeals court rules that Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ did not copy Spirit’s ‘Taurus’

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By Emmanuel Legrand

The Ninth Circuit in San Francisco has handed Led Zeppelin a victory in its appeal to the 'Stairway to Heaven' infringement case. The British rock band was accused by the heir of the late Randy Wolfe from the band Spirit of having copied the instrumental 'Taurus'.
The "en banc" court affirmed the ruling by the United States District Court for the Central District of California which found the British composers of the 1971 song 'Stairway to Heaven' - Jimmy Page and Robert P...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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US Supreme Court prepares to hear on Oct. 12 the fair use case involving the Andy Warhol Foundation and Lynn Goldsmith

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The US Supreme Court will hear on 12 October the arguments put forward by the parties involved in the legal case involving photographer Lynn Goldsmith, whose picture of Prince has been used by Andy Warhol for a series of works.

The case is considered as a benchmark for issues such as "fair use" and and the notion of "transformative" art. It has generated an unusually important number of amicus briefs.

The Second Circuit federal appeals court reversed a court decision that initially found...

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US Supreme Court declined to review the case Joe Carlini v. Paramount Pictures

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The US Supreme Court has decided on October 3 not to hear the case filed by author and screenwriter Joe Carlini in his fight against Paramount Pictures over the movie 'What Men Want'.

Carlini sued the Hollywood studio in 2019 in a California district court for copyright infringement and unfair competition, claiming that the script of 'What Men Want' was based on the 2014 script of 'What the F is He Thinking' that he authored and that he should receive co-authorship for 'What Men Want'.

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US District judge denies Ed Sheeran’s motion to dismiss in ‘Let’s Get It On’ copyright infringement case

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A US District Judge has denied the motion filed by British songwriter and performer Ed Sheeran to dismiss the copyright infringement case over his song 'Thinking Out Loud'.

In a lawsuit filed in 2018 by investment banker David Pullman and his company Structured Asset Sales (SAS) accused Sheeran and co-writer Amy Wadge to have "copied and exploited, without authorisation or credit" Marvin Gaye's song 'Let's Get It On'. SAS acquired a portion of the estate of 'Let's Get It On' co-writer Ed Tow...

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