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Disney settles with authors claiming the script of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ infringed upon their copyright

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The Walt Disney Company has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit alleging that the script of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' was lifted from an original script written by Arthur Lee Alfred II and E. Ezequiel Martinez Jr.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Alfred and Martinez, alongside their producer Tova Laiter, sued Disney in 2017 in a federal court in Colorado (the suit was later moved to the US District Court for the Central District of California).

The script was shopped to...

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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 government shuts down online ebook platform Z-Library and charges two Russian nationals of copyright infringement, wire fraud and money laundering

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Two Russian nationals Anton Napolsky and Valeriia Ermakova were charged by a Federal Court in Brooklyn, with criminal copyright infringement, wire fraud and money laundering for operating Z-Library, an online ebook piracy website.

Napolsky and Valeriia Ermakova were arrested on November 3, 2022 in Cordoba, Argentina at the request of the United States. Z-Library operated as a complex network of approximately 249 interrelated web domains, according to the indictment. Those domains have been ...

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Paramount’s motion to dismiss in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ copyright case is rejected by California court

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A US District court has denied Paramount's motion to dismiss in the 'Top Gun: Maverick' copyright case.

Paramount was asking the court to reject the claim filed by Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay, the heirs to the late Ehud Yonay, the author of an article in California Magazine that served as inspiration for the original movie 'Top Gun' released in 1986.

In a First Amended Complaint (FAC), Plaintiffs argued that asserts that the original 'Top Gun' was “derived from” the article as well as th...

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Milan Court rejects CloudFlare’s appeal regarding the blocking of BitTorrent sites

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A Court in Milan has dismissed an appeal by content delivery network CloudFlare against a preliminary injunction obtained by record labels, coordinated by the IFPI, requiring the platform to stop providing its public DNS service to three BitTorrent sites.

The case was initially filed by Italian anti-piracy group, FPM, alongside IFPI’s national group FIMI. The Court in Milan issued four months ago an interim injunction ordering Cloudflare to stop providing services for users to access three ...

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