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US judge denies class-action status to Maria Schneider’s suit against YouTube

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Judge James Donato from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has denied a motion from US songwriter Maria Schneider to qualify her lawsuit against YouTube over the access to the Content ID copyright-protection tool into a class action case.

US composer and performer Maria Schneider has filed a class-action lawsuit against YouTube and parent companies Google and Alphabet in the US District Court in the Northern District of California, San Jose Division.

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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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Alibaba’s Ejoy ordered to pay $7.2 million to NetEase for copyright infringement

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Alibaba Group's gaming subsidiary Ejoy has been ordered by a Chinese court in Guangzhou to pay 50 million yuan ($7.2 million) to NetEase in compensation for having infringed on the copyright of the game 'Shuai Tu Zhi Bin' in mobile game 'Three Kingdoms Tactics'.

The court also ordered Ejoy to delete 79 items in 'Three Kingdoms Tactics', which were considered to have infringed on the copyright of 'Shuai Tu Zhi Bin'.

The ruling "emphasises the importance of fair competition in the gamin...

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Supreme Court finds in favour of Lynn Goldsmith in her copyright case against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

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The US Supreme Court has ruled 7-2 in favour of photographer Lynn Goldsmith in the copyright case she filed against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (AWF) for the use of a 1981 picture of Prince by the late artist.

“Lynn Goldsmith’s original works, like those of other photographers, are entitled to copyright protection, even against famous artists,” wrote the court in the majority opinion written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote the dissenting opinion, w...

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New York court orders a Singapore-based businessman to pay $900,000 to American artist Kaws for copyright infringement

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The United States Southern District Court of New York has ordered Dylan Leong, a Singapore-based businessman, to pay $900,000 in damages to American artist and designer Kaws (real name Brian Donnelly) for the willful infringement his copyright.

Donnelly filed in November 2021 a copyright infringement lawsuit against Leong and his businesses – The Penthouse Theory and The Penthouse Collective — in which he accused them of of producing and selling replicas of the his works in nine types of goo...

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