Blurring Some Lines

The 9th Circuit upheld an appeal challenging a verdict against artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, authors of “Blurred Lines,” for infringement of the iconic Marvin Gaye song “Got To Give It Up.” The Circuit decision focused on the sound and style of the song in finding infringement, determining that…

5th Circuit Argument

Members of the Firm's trial team (John Buche, Scott Compton, Byron Ma) argued in the 5th Circuit in New Orleans on Monday. On appeal were two trial court pretrial rulings about copyright preemption of claims for unfair competition and conversion of intangible property, namely drawings. New Orleans is a fine…