2006 – Kazaa settles a lawsuit with the major record companies for $100 million. EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group had sued the downloading service for copyright infringement.
2005 – The Supreme Court rules that file-sharing networks are liable for copyright infringements when they create and distribute software that allows users to illegally swap MP3s. The ruling comes in the case of MGM vs. file-sharing company Grokster.
2001 – Napster executives are told by a federal judge that as soon as the recording industry provides them with a list of copyrighted songs to be removed from their file-swapping Web site, they will have 72 hours to comply. Furthermore, Napster is sued by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for Copyright […]
2000 – The recording industry asks Congress to repeal the “work for hire” amendment. Sheryl Crow and Don Henley had been among those artists complaining that the law prevented them from ever owning their masters. As they say in the music business, “It all begins with a song.”1 This is true from a commercial perspective, […]
2000 – While TVT Records sues Napster for copyright infringement, it’s discovered that unreleased albums by Radiohead and Oasis are being traded on the MP3-trading Web site.
2000 – Filmmaker George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Ltd. files a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against artist Dr. Dre, his Aftermath Entertainment, and Interscope Records. The suit claims that the rapper used Lucasfilm’s trademarked “THX Deep Note” sound to open his current album “Dr. Dre _ 2001” without Lucasfilm’s permission.
1999 – Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Fla.- based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names donhenley. net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-es. com constitutes copyright infringement.
1999 – Hard rock band Metallica sues Victoria’s Secret, claiming that the lingerie and accessories manufacturer infringed on its trademark by marketing a line of “Metallica” lip pencils.
1998 – LaFace/Arista artist Usher sues trendy clothing company Tommy Hilfiger for alleged infringement of publicity rights and false endorsement.
1998 – Kiss members Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick are sued for copyright infringement over the song “Dreamin’,” which the suit alleges sounds too similar to the Alice Cooper hit “Eighteen.”
1998 – The family of Frank Sinatra files suit against Newark, Calif.-based discount clothing company Ross Stores Inc. for copyright infringement. The suit alleges that an album of 75 songs, “The Sinatra Collection,” which the chain sells at its 500 Ross Dress
1970 – George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” becomes the first Beatles solo single to top the Billboard Hot 100. Five years later, a New York state judge would find Harrison guilty of copyright infringement for plagiarizing the Chiffon’s 1963 hit, “He’s So Fine”.