Can Taylor Swift Really Trademark Her Song Lyrics?

Musical superstar Taylor Swift filed trademark applications for a number of phrases from songs on her hit album 1989. If the applications are granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Swift will be able to prevent the unauthorized use of these phrases on commercial products and services.

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Using Copyright Law to Fight Revenge Porn

Lawyers are using an unexpected weapon to fight revenge porn: copyright law. A big California law firm has filed suit on behalf of a law student who had sexually explicit pictures of herself posted on pornography sites by a former boyfriend.

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Dallas Buyer’s Club Pirates Sued

The movie Dallas Buyer’s Club was released in theaters on November 1, 2013. A screener version (used to show the movie to critics and awards voters) was leaked on January 3, 2014. The movie was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture, won three Oscars, and became one of the most pirated movies of the year. In 2014, Dallas Buyers Club LLC (AKA Voltage Pictures) reportedly sued 3,719 defendants in the US alone for copyright infringement.

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Music Companies Try to Stop Piracy by Suing Service Providers

On November 26, two music companies sued Cox Communications. In their lawsuit, the music companies allege that over 200,000 Cox customers have used BitTorrent to repeatedly download and upload pirate copies of the plaintiffs’ music. Cox was repeatedly notified about the piracy but refused to terminate the accounts of the alleged infringers.

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