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TufAmerica v. Diamond Update: plaintiffs must own more than just the right to sue in order to have standing to sue for copyright infringement

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by Gary Laurie, Esq. In TufAmerica v. Diamond (decided Mar. 24, 2015), the Southern District Court of New York confirmed via summary judgment that plaintiffs must own more than just the right to sue in order to have standing to sue for copyright infringement. The court also confirmed that nonexclusive licenses cannot confer such standing. A plaintiff must obtain a license from every owner of a work in order to get an exclusive license, which would confer standing to sue […]

NJVLA Joins Art Pride at Arts Advocacy Day in DC

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On March 23-24, 2015 in Washington, D.C. NJVLA joined arts advocates from across the country for the annual Arts Advocacy Day. NJVLA joined ArtPride representatives Adam Perle and Ann Marie Miller in meeting with our members of Congress to lobby for more funding for the arts in New Jersey and the nation. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the […]

Why The “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit Really Matters

By David S. Gold, Esq. From the star-studded cast of characters to the fact that “Blurred Lines” remains the longest running number one single of the decade, there is no shortage of reasons why the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement lawsuit has captivated the public’s attention. The action was first brought by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Clifford Harris (a/k/a T.I.) as a declaratory judgment action, following assertions by the Estate of Marvin Gaye that “Blurred Lines” infringed Gaye’s work, “Got […]

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