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Checkmate: Burberry Sues Rapper Burberry Perry for Trademark Dilution

Do you know the Burberry checks in fashion? How about the rapper Burberry Perry? Well, the British makers of fine plaid products are suing the Atlanta-based rapper for using their branded checks in association with his personal brand, and in the process the internationally renowned designers are creating press for the not-that-well-known musician.

Maybe Burberry Perry was just taking a page from the Gucci Mane book even if Burberry would have been the really clever choice for Perry Moise's adopted moniker. In any case, Moise of Atlanta, Georgia is being sued by Burberry Group for trademark dilution.

Ivanka and the Wild Things: Aquazzura Sues Trump for Shoe Style

Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery. So why isn't Aquazzura happy that Ivanka Trump allegedly copied its Wild Thing shoes? The Italian shoe designer is suing the daughter of the Donald, and her licensing company Marc Fisher, for knocking off a popular sandal that it claims to have made famous.

Ivanka's shoe is called the Hettie and her licensing company denies that it's an imitation of Aquazzura's slipper. But the Italian shoemaker says that Ivanka's forever flattering them with imitation, and this is not the first time she has been inspired by their signature styles.

After Hellish Battle, Led Zeppelin Owns 'Stairway to Heaven'

Eight California jurors yesterday decided not to rewrite rock n' roll history, finding that Led Zeppelin did not copy a guitar riff from a band called Spirit nearly half a century ago. The dispute was over an instrumental portion of the iconic song "Stairway to Heaven," which was composed by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and released in 1971.

The song's 2012 re-release provided a basis for a much-delayed copyright violation claim by the representative of a deceased musician who said the Led Zep guitar riff copies his earlier song, "Taurus." Although Led Zeppelin has previously settled copyright violation claims, this case was different. To some extent, the band's future significance, its place in rock n' roll history, depended on defeating this claim. "Stairway to Heaven" is their best-known song.

Is Forever 21 Copying Kanye's Gear?

A long time ago, Ecclesiastes said that there is nothing new under the sun. Yet we claim ownership over artistic works as if they were truly new. We call these works intellectual property. In some cases, people can become very wealthy from their works of creative genius.

Kanye West is such a person. So he's probably not pleased that his merchandise may have inspired fast fashion giant Forever 21. The claim, made by Hypebeast and reported by People, is that a t-shirt sold on the musician's pop up shop in association with his album The Life of Pablo was copied by the retailers. Let's consider.

Musicians Sign Petition Calling for Copyright Reform

It can be difficult to feel the pain of the world's wealthiest performers as they complain about YouTube, a video-streaming platform musicians say is built on stolen content. But artists are banding together against YouTube, signing a petition which they are publishing in major Washington, D.C. publications this week, calling the platform a haven for copyright infringement.

Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, U2, and other bands and musicians who already made a ton of money, signed the petition to show support for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The musicians blame tech companies for their dwindling profits, saying that the corporations create tools that enable them to generate profits from the work of artists while musician incomes are decreasing.

News From the 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Trial

If you are of a certain age, then you know that every school dance must end with one song. It's slow and long and now-iconic and it's the subject of a copyright trial in federal court in California.

The "Stairway to Heaven" copyright case has qualities similar to the famous song at its center insofar as it's convoluted. But resolution may not be too far away, reports Courthouse News Service. This week the case is being tried more than four decades after the song was released. Members of the band Led Zeppelin are present and have testified.

Ed Sheeran Sued: Is 'Photograph' an 'Amazing' Copyright Violation?

Two American musicians are suing British pop singer Ed Sheeran for more than $20 million, claiming copyright violations. Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard sued Sheeran in federal court in California, arguing that his hit song "Photograph" contains striking similarities to their 2009 song "Amazing."

Sheeran, 25, is one of Britain's top-selling pop artists, reports Reuters, and the song in question is off of his hit album "x" (which we are supposed to pronounce "multiply" and is one sign that Sheeran's not much of a writer). The song has reportedly sold over 3.5 million copies and his video for "Photograph" has 208 million views on YouTube. The plaintiffs are much less popular, yet their claims do have an interesting basis. Let's take a look at their case.

More Musicians Miffed About Trump Using Their Tunes

Donald Trump doesn't ask permission, generally speaking. He acts first and lets others demand apologies later. So it should not be surprising that over the course of his campaign for president, the brazen candidate has used more than a few songs without the permission of the artists who wrote and own them.

The latest to join the growing list is Queen's 1977 song, "We Are the Champions." Last week, Brian May -- the former Queen guitarist -- posted a statement on his personal website, according to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that Trump did not seek or receive permission from the band to use the rousing anthem in association with his campaign.

Filmmaker Sues Beyonce for 'Lemonade' Copyright Violations

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, or if you're Beyonce, you make Lemonade, a visual album that generates tons of press and speculation. The release by the pop goddess has stirred up lots of talk about her married life and role as wife to Jay-Z, as well as chatter about cultural matters, like who is Becky with the good hair. But now, reports the Associated Press, Queen Bey has been stung with a lawsuit claiming that the trailer for her visual album violates copyright.

Take Me Down: Axl Rose Calls Mean Memes Copyright Violations

The Internet is not like Paradise City, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. It can be a mean space, and aging online is difficult for celebrities especially. People who were once adored understandably don't like it when they are mocked. That's what's happening to Axl Rose, the Guns n' Roses lead, and he told Google to make it stop.

But the best way to guarantee a person will be the laughingstock of the web is to complain that it's not fair that people are poking fun and to demand that unflattering images be taken down. Rose has done that 11 times since May 31, reports NBC News. All he seems to have accomplished with these demands is to inspire more mean memes and wider circulation of the offending images.