Mimesis Law
26 April 2019

IP Flow Links – Kendrick Lamar Sued For Ripping Off Bill Withers Song

Apr. 20, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Hi folks, your weekly IP news update:

  • The copyright-holders of Bill Withers song “Don’t You Want to Stay” filed an infringement lawsuit against Kendrick Lamar last week accusing him of using a sample of the song without permission on his track “I Do This”. The lawsuit claims that Lamar replicated the song and added his own lyrics over the top.
  • No settlement has been reached in the Oracle vs Google copyright suit over the use of certain parts of Java language. The case will go to trial on May 9, where Oracle has asked the jury for $9.3 billion in damages.
  • The US Supreme Court confirmed on Monday that the snippets of text made available by Google Books fall under the “fair use” provision of the US Copyright Act. Read our take on it here.
  • Apple is set to pay $24.9 million in damages to Dynamic Advances for violating a patent license relating to the Siri voice function.
  • Paice LLC, who has sued the likes of Toyota and Hyundai, has filed a suit against Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi accusing them of infringing on their hybrid patents.
  • Singer De Rico and songwriter Mareio Overton have brought a $10 million copyright infringement suit against Justin Bieber. They claim Bieber’s song “Somebody To Love” is a direct copy of their identically named track.
  • Thomas McClary, lead guitarist of hit 70s band The Commodores, has been enjoined from using the group’s trademarked name in his musical endeavors.
  • A t-shirt maker has been accused of violating Bernie Sanders’ trademark on his t-shirt line featuring the slogan “Bernie is my Comrade”.
  • Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and HBO are seeking the dismissal of a copyright suit brought by Writers Everette Silas and Sherri Littleton who claim their series “Ballers” copied the concept of their 2007 show “Off Season”. The writers are seeking $200 million in damages.
  • Alex Fork, CEO of Bitcoin OOO, has successfully trademarked the term “Bitcoin” in Russia.
  • The Australian Recording Industry Association announced the filing of an infringement action against torrents site Kickass Torrents.
  • A South Korean chicken restaurant was fined $12,800 for using the Louis Vuitton trademark on their menu and packaging.

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