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  • 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.

  • 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
    Aereo's landmark court case

    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
    It's fun to own the 'YMCA'

    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
    US-patent-application-200.jpg

    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 Sues Samsung for Patent Infringement

    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.

  • New Revolution: Great Ideas Needed   Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 6:50 AM ET
    New Revolution: Great Ideas Needed

    Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine, discusses how anyone with a great idea could spark the nation's next industrial revolution through the latest innovations in technology.

  • The Village People, circe 1981

    In a court ruling with significant implications for the music industry, a California judge has dismissed a suit by two song publishing companies aimed at preventing Victor Willis, former lead singer of the 1970s disco group the Village People, from exercising his right to reclaim ownership of “YMCA” and other hit songs he wrote, the New York Times reports.

  • Shepard Fairey, the creator of the Barack Obama "HOPE" poster.

    The creator of the Obama "HOPE" poster pleads guilty  to contempt for destroying documents in a lawsuit pertaining to the photograph he relied upon to make the poster.

  • Website Blackout: PIPA & SOPA Showdown   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 7:52 PM ET
    Website Blackout: PIPA & SOPA Showdown

    Debating whether the anti-piracy bills in Congress will curtail the hijacking of online intellectual property, or give media companies too much power to shut down internet sites, with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, (R-TN), and Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association CEO.

  • A Start-Up Takes on Procter & Gamble Over a Name Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 10:42 AM ET
    Shoppers check out at a newly-opened Target store near Royersford, Pa., on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. Discount retailer Target Corp. said Tuesday its third-quarter profit rose 16 percent, beating analyst expectations as its sales rose 11 percent. (AP Photo/George Widman)

    When Procter & Gamble challenged Christy Prunier's name Willa for a line of skin care products for preteenagers, Prunier chose to fight. The case goes to court next month, the New York Times reports.

  • A Village Person Tests the Copyright Law Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 11:13 AM ET
    The Village People perform on stage at the taping of the American Bandstand.

    The prefab, gaudily costumed 1970s group the Village People and its big hit “Y.M.C.A.” are enduring symbols of the disco era. But now this campy and eternally popular song has become the centerpiece of what could be a significant test of copyright law. The New York Times reports.

  • Enforcing Copyrights Online, for a Profit Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 8:49 AM ET
    Woman using laptop in internet cafe

    Righthaven, a Nevada company, finds newspaper material that has been republished on the Web and obtains the copyrights. Then it sues, the New York Times reports.