Petrella v. MGM and Copyright’s Law-Equity Divide

Cross-posted on the Copyhype blog. While the distinction between law and equity may seem antiquated to modern ears, the Supreme Court handed down an interesting copyright opinion last week which turned on whether the plaintiff’s claims were legal or equitable in nature. In Petrella v. MGM, the Court held that the affirmative defense of laches, […]

GoldieBlox Settled with the Beastie Boys for $1,000,000

Back in March of this year, the news came out that GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys had settled over GoldieBlox’s use of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” in a video advertisement that had gone viral. GoldieBlox only used the song over a period of eleven days in November of 2013 before replacing it with another […]