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James Brown's Valuable Look (II)
Highest Court Appellate Court of Illinois
Year Ended 2007
Plaintiffs Brown, James
Muhammad-Ali, Jesus
Defendants Corbis Corporation
Internet Provider(s)
Record Label(s)
Waller, "Dollar" Bill
Website Proprietor(s)
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Defendant sells licenses to copyrighted images on its website, one of which included James Brown performing live. The artist sued, although he died in the interim and his estate took over, and the court initially held that the right of publicity did not cover the mere selling of licenses to copyrighted images, even if the end users would use them to violate publicity, and further that the Copyright Act preempted the right of publicity. The court later completely reversed its holding, and the court of appeal agreed with the reversal; Defendants actions were infringement, and publicity is not the same as copyright. - LSW

Legal Issues
Constitutional Law First Amendment Fair Use, Parody & Artistic Protection
Copyrights Ownership Declaratory Judgment
Trademarks & Unfair Competition State Statute/Common Law Right of Publicity


Opinions Brown v. ACMI Pop Div.
879 N.E.2d 929
Supreme Court of Illinois , November 29, 2007 ( NO. 105261 )


Brown v. ACMI Pop Div.
873 N.E.2d 954
Appellate Court of Illinois , August 02, 2007 ( No. 1-06-0870 )


Brown v. ACMI Pop Div.
2004 WL 5742324
Circuit Court of Illinois , July 23, 2004 ( No. 02 L 005872 )


Brown v. ACMI Pop Div.
2003 WL 25853912
Circuit Court of Illinois , August 06, 2003 ( No. 02 L 005872 )


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Related Searches Parties
Brown, James ( Plaintiff )
Corbis Corporation ( Defendant )
Internet Provider(s) ( Defendant )
Muhammad-Ali, Jesus ( Plaintiff )
Record Label(s) ( Defendant )
Waller, "Dollar" Bill ( Defendant )
Website Proprietor(s) ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Constitutional Law / First Amendment / Fair Use, Parody & Artistic Protection
Copyrights / Ownership / Declaratory Judgment
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / State Statute/Common Law / Right of Publicity

Courts
Appellate Court of Illinois (highest court)
Circuit Court of Illinois
Supreme Court of Illinois


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