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  • District Judge Thomas Griesa in the federal court in Manhattan, in a ruling made public Tuesday, dismissed Arrow Productions Ltd's $10 million lawsuit against the producers of the film, starring Amanda Seyfried, and its distributor, The Weinstein Company.

  • District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan, in a ruling made public Tuesday, dismissed Arrow Productions Ltd's $10 million lawsuit against the producers of the film, starring Amanda Seyfried, and its distributor, The Weinstein Company.

  • Monkey business! No copyright for simian selfie Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    The U.S. Copyright Office has ruled that pieces of content produced by animals cannot be copyrighted.

    The U.S. Copyright Office weighed in on the question of a monkey's selfie in its latest regulatory update, NBC reports.

  • Another setback for Aereo     Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    The U.S. Copyright Office has told Aereo it does not qualify as a cable company, reports CNBC's Sara Eisen.

  • McNamee: Supreme Court quashed innovation     Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    Roger McNamee, Elevation Partners co-founder, weighs in on the Supreme Court's decision to deem Aereo illegal. McNamee says copyright law has been abused to protect old franchises. CNBC's Jon Fortt provides insight.

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that online TV service Aereo Inc, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violates copyright law by using tiny antennas to provide subscribers with broadcast network content via the Internet.

  • US court: Sherlock Holmes belongs to the people Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 4:31 PM ET
    A statue of Sherlock Holmes near the site of the fictional detective's home at 221B Baker Street.

    Fifty Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain, a U.S. appeals court said.

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- The U.S. Congress is working to update laws on who gets paid for recorded music, in a possible omnibus bill, as old CDs pile up at yard sales and music lovers increasingly shift to streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. These include legends such as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and other Motown artists.

  • Rejecting an appeal by authors' groups, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the HathiTrust Digital Library, which began in 2008 and has scanned more than 10 million works, constituted a "fair use" of copyrighted works.

  • Beastie Boys awarded $1.7 million in Monster case Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 6:06 PM ET
    Adam Yauch, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz of Beastie Boys

    A New York City jury has awarded the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against drink company Monster Beverage.

  • 'Raging Bull' suit allowed to proceed in court Monday, 19 May 2014 | 1:32 PM ET
    Robert De Niro in "Raging Bull"

    The Supreme Court said Paula Petrella did not wait too long to file her lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer claiming an interest in the film.

  • Java fight: Latest round to Oracle, not Google Friday, 9 May 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Oracle is entitled to copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language in a high profile lawsuit against Google.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, May 9- Oracle Corp is entitled to copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language, according to a U.S. appeals court ruling on Friday in Oracle's high-profile lawsuit against Google Inc.. Oracle sued Google in 2010, claiming that Google had improperly incorporated parts of Java into Android.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 9- A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Oracle Corp is entitled to copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language in a high profile lawsuit against Google Inc.. Google's Android operating system is the world's best-selling smartphone platform.

  • Top court torn over Aereo's future Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    US Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Tuesday whether to rule against online TV startup Aereo in a major copyright case.

  • Aereo's landmark court case     Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today about the legality of Internet television service Aereo, reports NBC's Pete Williams.

  • It's fun to own the 'YMCA'     Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 3:33 PM ET

    The Village People's original singer has regained control over songs written for the group 35 years later. CNBC's Jane Wells has the details and Victor Willis, original singer for the Village People, explains his battle for the copyrights.

  • Chinese Inventors Take Patent Crown From US: Report Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 7:53 PM ET

    China has overtaken the United States to become the world's biggest processor of patent applications, giving an innovative edge to Beijing's economic and industrial clout.

  • Ericsson Sues Samsung for Patent Infringement Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 5:11 AM ET

    Ericsson, the world's biggest telecom network equipment maker, said on Tuesday it had filed a suit in the United States against Samsung Electronics for patent infringement.