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Woody Allen Sues Amazon Over Movie Deal

Love him or hate him, there's no denying Woody Allen always gets into awkward situations.

His off-beat, deer-in-the-headlights look has been the face of his humor for generations. His off-center, abnormal behavior, on the other hand, has been tragically unfunny.

According to reports, that dark side brought down a four-picture deal. In Gravier Products v. Amazon Content Services, however, Allen says his past had nothing to do with it.

A recently filed pair of proposed class action lawsuits in the New York District Court seek to hold Sony and UMG liable for ignoring the copyright termination notices they have received from countless musicians, including John Waite, Joe Ely, David Johansen, John Lyon, and Paul Collins.

The plaintiffs assert that these two music giants have rejected the copyright termination notices the artists sent citing various reasons, but primarily that the copyrights in question are works made for hire and thus don't qualify for termination. The plaintiffs disagree and are challenging whether sound recordings can even qualify as works made for hire.

When President Donald Trump crashes a wedding, even at own of his own golf courses, even in New Jersey, it's "news." And when things start trending or going viral on social media, online publishers are always eager to jump on the bandwagon chasing after those clicks and views, which translates into revenue.

Unfortunately for "news" publishers, using a photo sourced from social media may be getting a little bit trickier due to one wedding attendee's claim to fame, or perhaps more accurately, his copyright. The recent case against Hearst was filed by a wedding attendee at one of Trump's golf courses in New Jersey, whose photo, which was posted on social media by someone else, ended up being republished by Hearst and other big sources.

Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts

In what is definitely not a battle of the sexes, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America are suing the Boy Scouts of America.

The principle allegations involve trademark infringement on the use of the word "Scouts" without a gender modifier, and the Boy Scouts' recent decision to start allowing girls to join. The Girl Scouts, being a large, fully established and independent organization claims that Boy Scouts is now marketing to girls and tricking parents into signing girls up for Boy Scouts when the intention was to sign up for Girl Scouts.

The members of the epic band Lynyrd Skynyrd may have taken a blood oath to never use the name Lynyrd Skynyrd again, but the Second Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that their blood oath isn't strong enough to stop the Lynyrd Skynyrd movie, Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, from being distributed and released.

The district court ruled that the filmmaker could not release the film because it had partnered with one of the original members, Artimus Pyle, who had taken the blood oath. As reported, the court explained that but for his blood oath (i.e. making a deal prohibiting him from doing anything with the name Lynyrd Skynyrd), the filmmaker would have been "as free as a bird" to do so.

'Friday the 13th' Writer Can Claw Back Copyright

Everybody has nightmares, but some people are really good at writing about them.

Judge Stefan Underhill gave it a try. In Horror, Inc. v. Miller, he put some effort into writing about the famous "Friday the 13th" horror film.

The backstory started out with a handshake deal between the author and a producer. In the end, it turned into a nightmare for a company that exploited the work.

NFL Photos Royalty Dispute Revived by 2nd Circuit

A federal appeals court revived a copyright suit by photographers who claim the National Football League used their images without paying royalties.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial judge who dismissed their complaint early in the case. The appeals court said the plaintiffs alleged enough to proceed to trial.

It's been a long time coming for the freelance photographers, who filed Spinelli v. National Football League five years ago. It was even longer for the photographs; many were taken nearly a decade ago.

Screenwriter's Case Against 'Light Between Oceans' in Rough Waters

A boat comes to rest on a lighthouse island. It carries two passengers: a newborn baby and a dead man.

That's how the story begins in "The Light Between Oceans," a best-selling novel that became a movie by the same name. Margot Louise Watts, a former in-house intellectual property lawyer, wrote it.

In Nobile v. Watts, screenwriter Michael Nobile says it was his story first. But the ending looks dim for his appeal to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The infamous Lucky Brand 'Get Lucky' litigation has taken a turn for the even-more complicated, after 17 years of litigation between the fashion brand and its competitor Marcel Fashions.

The Second Circuit used the matter as a springboard to discuss the issue of claim preclusion. And unfortunately for Lucky Brand, the appellate court's significant discussion was anything but a stroke of luck.

Court Renews Copyright Case Against Timberlake

If you know Milli Vanilli, Justin Timberlake is no Milli Vanilli.

The Milli duo lost their Grammy because they didn't actually sing their award-winning song. They went down as the best lip syncers, instead.

Timberlake, at least, sings his songs. However, a federal appeals court says he might owe another band for sampling their song.