Using the "Happy Birthday" song in movies comes with a hefty price tag.

Why singing happy birthday can come with a fee

Aug 27, 2015
A lawsuit challenges the song's copyright.
Posted In: birthdays, celebration, copyright
Josh 'The Fat Jew' Ostrovsky attending a movie premiere in New York City last year.

Joke stealing is no laughing matter

Aug 24, 2015
Some are making money tweeting others' material. That breaks a comedian code.
Posted In: comedy, jokes, copyright, copyright law

The "Blurred Lines" case could have a chilling effect

Mar 11, 2015
Issues of inspiration and copyright get even more complicated over decades.
Posted In: Pharrell Williams, Music, copyright law, copyright

You can copyright music, so why not a food recipe?

Dec 25, 2014
Food recipes can't be copyrighted. But how come?
Posted In: Food, recipe, copyright

Artistic inspiration or piracy?

Sep 29, 2014
Does copyright law favor the famous?
Posted In: art, copyright law, copyright
Monkey selfie

It's all monkey business for Wikimedia

Aug 6, 2014
Wikipedia denies a photographer's request to delete a photo since a monkey took it
Posted In: copyright, photography, monkeys
Monet's 'Nympheas"

How Monet ends up on a mousepad for $10.95

Jun 20, 2014
The artist's work has been out of copyright since 1996.
Posted In: art, copyright, Monet

Getty Images gives the web 35 million pictures as a free sample

Mar 6, 2014
The stock-photo giant switches from suing bloggers for borrowing images... to encouraging them.
Posted In: Getty images, photography, stock images, copyright

What's Chinese for Dowager Countess? 'Downton Abbey' goes to China

Nov 25, 2013
The international hit British television show is being watched by 160 million people in China. But that doesn't mean the producers are making money off of that success.
Posted In: China, copyright

A new plan to fight piracy online: Take away those ad dollars

Jul 17, 2013
Content providers -- like Disney or Fox -- are now asking companies delivering online ads -- the Googles of the world -- to stop working with websites that allow illegal file sharing.
Posted In: Google, piracy, copyright, online advertising