Infowars to pay $15K for unauthorized Pepe the Frog posters

Business 06/10/19, 11:28

Conspiracy-promoting website Infowars will pay $15,000 to resolve a copyright infringement lawsuit over its sales of a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that was hijacked by far-right extremists and racist internet trolls. Infowars host Alex Jones on Monday signed his companies' settlement agreement with Pepe's ...

Judge refuses to toss suit over Pepe the Frog poster sales

U.S. 05/17/19, 14:36

A federal judge will let a jury decide whether conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars website had a legal right to sell a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that became hijacked by far-right extremists. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald refused Thursday to throw out a copyright ...

Nora Roberts sues Brazilian author, cites ‘multi-plagiarism’

Entertainment 04/24/19, 10:33

Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed "multi-plagiarism" on a "rare and scandalous" level.In papers filed Wednesday morning in Rio de Janeiro, where Serruya lives, Roberts called her romance books "a literary patchwork, piecing together phrases whose form portrays ...

Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules

Europe 04/15/19, 05:17

The European Union has approved a copyright rule that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies.Artists, celebrities and tech experts have spoken out both in favor and against the EU ...

Leaders hint Poland will not fully apply EU copyright law

Europe 03/30/19, 10:29

Poland's right-wing leaders hinted Saturday they will not fully implement the European Union's new copyright reform, saying it stifles freedom of speech.Ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said Saturday that a copyright directive adopted by EU lawmakers this week threatens freedom. The bloc's 28 nations have some two years to incorporate ...

EU parliament backs landmark copyright bill

Europe 03/26/19, 07:32

The European Parliament approved Tuesday a landmark copyright bill which seeks to give creative writers and artists better protection of their rights and income.However, the bill, which still needs to go to the 28 member states for approval, has faced criticism by some for stifling internet freedom and creativity.The legislature ...

Thousands in Germany protest planned EU internet reforms

Europe 03/23/19, 11:57

Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest planned European Union copyright reforms that they fear will lead to online censorship.The dpa news agency reports the biggest protest Saturday was in Munich, where 40,000 people marched under the motto "save your internet."Thousands of others took ...

Feds tell Alfonso Ribeiro he can’t copyright ‘Carlton’ moves

Entertainment 02/14/19, 20:28

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the "Carlton" dance, which he's suing two videogame makers over.The denial from the U.S. Copyright Office was revealed Wednesday in a motion to dismiss Ribeiro's lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, the makers of NBA 2K16, which Ribeiro ...

Vegas artist sues Ariana Grande over ‘God is a Woman’ image

Entertainment 02/04/19, 18:53

A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Ariana Grande, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star's widely-viewed "God is a Woman" music video.Representatives for Grande did not immediately respond Monday to messages about the lawsuit filed Thursday ...

Tracy Chapman sues Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement

Entertainment 10/23/18, 16:06

Rapper Nicki Minaj is being sued for sampling a Tracy Chapman song without permission.Chapman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Monday in a Los Angeles federal court. The Grammy-winning singer says Minaj's unreleased track "Sorry" incorporates the lyrics and vocal melody from her 1988 single "Baby Can I Hold You."The lawsuit ...

Bookmaker William Hill sues FanDuel over ‘how to bet’ guide

Sports 10/23/18, 15:49

Bookmaker William Hill US is suing sports betting rival FanDuel for allegedly copying its "how to bet" guide for customers in the fledgling industry nearly word for word.William Hill US filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey alleging that FanDuel's duplication of the guide ...

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