Stealing a Stairway to Heaven?

The opening riff of Led Zeppelin’s 1971 hit song “Stairway to Heaven” is immediately recognizable to any rock-and-roll fan. However, the children of Randy California (born Randy Craig Wolfe), a founding member of the psychedelic/prog-rock band Spirit, have claimed that the riff was originally created by their father.

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Who Owns “How”? Yogurt, Virtue, and Trademarks

Author Dov Seidman is suing a manufacturer of Greek-style yogurt over the use of the word “How.” Seidman and his company, LRN, sued Chobani in a New York federal court for trademark and service mark infringement and unfair competition under the federal Lanham Act.

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Is Your Garbage Confidential?

If you throw a confidential document away in the garbage, is it still confidential? Maybe not. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals recently upheld the dismissal of claims of trespass, invasion of privacy, and conversion brought by the environmental organization Greenpeace.

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Beastie Boys Prevail in $1.7 Million Lawsuit Against Monster Energy Drink

A federal jury in New York has awarded Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, the surviving members of groundbreaking group the Beastie Boys, $1.7 million dollars in damages after an eight day trial over copyright violations. The complaint also invokes New York Civil Rights Law Sec. 51, a rarely used provision that the group used to assert publicity rights over Diamond and Horovitz’s actual voices. The defendant, Monster Beverage Corp, admittedly cribbed the bands songs without permission.

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