NEW YORK — A federal judge dismissed copyright claims against the rapper Ginuwine brought by the co-author of a soul single, "Help Me Put Out The Flame (In My Heart)," alleging that the rapper used the introduction to his song in two songs — "Paper Chase," and "Toe 2 Toe." The three-bar guitar riff is substantially similar to prior works in the public domain, and subtle rhythmic differences are not enough to merit copyright protection.
BOSTON -- A federal judge found a school district did not violate a school board member's rights by firing her after discovering her history of creating and promoting homophobic, transphobic and anti-critical race theory content on TikTok. Supervisors’ comments that they found her content “disgusting” and “a ball of hate” does not show that her firing was motivated by mere disagreement with her posts, but were explicitly connected to the posts’ impact on student learning.
NEW YORK — A federal judge dismissed a trademark suit against AMC over the network's depiction in its show "Better Call Saul" of a crooked tax preparation service called "Sweet Liberty Tax Services,” filed by the real Liberty Tax Service. To the extent the TV show used the tax service's marks, they were used in furtherance of the show's plot, highlighting the use of patriotic imagery to hide the characters' tawdry crimes.