Trademark News & Screw-ups Eminem wins $600,000 after New Zealand political party breached his copyright

This reminds me of my very first court case. My father caught a radio station stealing his music to make an ad for Samsung out of a song he wrote for a children's film. I had to take the case from the bottom court all the way to one level below the Supreme Court of Russia—and won. Mind you, that was my very first experience as an intellectual property lawyer. The case set a precedent in Russia. The radio station's position was that they have a license from the Russian collecting society that is authorized to grant general licenses for the use of all published works of all authors as long as such works were not excluded from the collecting society's catalog. I was able to prove that unauthorized modifications of a published work do not form part of the collecting society's catalog and therefore cannot be the subject of the license that the radio station had from the collecting society. I only wish the award we got was anywhere near what Eminem got in New Zealand court!

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