Whispers and Warnings For 02/04/2016

Whispers and Warnings For 02/04/2016

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.
Val Chmerkovskiy sued for $6M over meme he shared
“Think before you meme. That’s the lesson for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ pro Val Chmerkovskiy, who is being sued by a 16-year-old girl with Down Syndrome after sharing a meme that used her photo to his 365,000 Facebook followers three weeks ago…”

Who owns a tattoo? The wearer or the artist?
‘NBA 2K16’ in legal hot water over player tattoos
“In the suit, which was filed Monday in a New York District Court, Solid Oak Sketches claims that it owns copyrights to eight designs that are on a number of players, including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The company says that it offered the license to Take-Two and Visual Concepts for $1.14 million, but they instead released the game without licensing.”

This should have been a criminal offense as well
Texas woman wins multi-million dollar lawsuit over ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
“An Arlington elementary school teacher will receive $11.5 million from the publisher of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as the result of a royalty dispute.”

Mom posts dancing baby with Prince song to YouTube, and sues after it gets taken down
YouTube ‘dancing baby’ video with Prince music births a legal battle that won’t go away
“Six weeks after it was taken down, the video returned to YouTube. Lenz didn’t stop there. She sued Universal in federal court, arguing that it recklessly ignored ‘fair use’ in its digital search and destroy mission.”

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