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3 Count: Many Things Never Change

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1: Disney Sued by Musician Over Song from ‘Frozen II’ Soundtrack

First off today, Blake Brittain at Reuters reports that songwriter Daniel Grigson has filed a lawsuit against Disney and others that worked on the film Frozen 2 alleging that one of the tracks from the film is an infringement of his earlier work.

According to Grigson, the Frozen 2 song Some Things Never Change is an infringement of his earlier song That Girl. He specifically cites similarities in melodies, chords and lyrics. To back up his claim, he found an ally in conductor Robert Tomaro, who said that the similarities between the two were clear-cut.

Grigson filed his lawsuit against Disney as well as Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, two songwriters responsible for the Frozen 2 track.

2: RIAA Seeks $250,000 in Attorneys’ Fees from YouTube Ripper

Next up today, Ernesto Van der Sar at Torrentfreak writes that the RIAA is seeking some $250,000 in attorneys fees from the stream-ripping site Yout after the RIAA emerged victorious in a decision that found Yout was violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-circumvention prevention.

Yout actually filed the lawsuit, asking a court to find that it service, which allows users to download audio tracks from YouTube videos, was not circumventing any digital rights management tools. However, they failed in that effort, with a judge ruling against them.

Now the RIAA is claiming that the effort was futile from the outset and is asking the site to cover its costs in defending the case. In addition to covering their costs, they say that the fees are necessary to deter future lawsuits that waste both time and money.

3: “Cheaters” Reality Show Creator Awarded $390,000 in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Finally today, a press release announces that Bobby Goldstein Productions (BGP) has emerged victorious in a lawsuit over a pair of reality TV shows as a jury awards them some $390,000 in damages for some 26 infringements.

BGP is the rightsholders in the series Cheaters and Cheaters Uncensored. BGP had entered into an agreement with American Television Distribution, a company owned by the former host of Cheaters, for pay-per-view contracts of the show. However, according to the lawsuit, the defendants uploaded trailers of various episodes to YouTube outside of the boundary of that agreement.

The jury in the case agreed and found that ATD had committed some 26 instances of copyright infringement, one for each trailer, and awarded $15,000 in statutory damages for each infringement.

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