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In this March 16, 2020 photo, people walk outside the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court sided unanimously Monday with North Carolina in a copyright fight with a company that has documented the salvage of the pirate Blackbeard's ship off the state's coast.  Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that the company's copyright infringement lawsuit, which she called “a modern form of piracy,

North Carolina wins court piracy case over Blackbeard's ship

Mar. 23, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided unanimously Monday with North Carolina in a copyright fight with a company that has documented the salvage of the pirate Blackbeard's ship off the state's coast. Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that the company's copyright infringement lawsuit, which she...

Artist sues Meow Wolf over copyright infringement claim

Mar. 18, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An artist whose quirky Space Owl features prominently in Meow Wolf’s wildly successful interactive art exhibit is suing the company and its founder for copyright infringement. Lauren Adele Oliver says in her lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court that the art collective...

California man gets prison for hacking Atlanta-based company

Mar. 18, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

A California man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for hacking an Atlanta-based company and trying to extort money in exchange for the return of the company's intellectual property. A federal judge ordered Christian William Kight, 29, of San Clemente, California, to serve seven years and eight...

Ohio State University on defense in push for 'The' trademark

Mar. 15, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After Ohio State's unsuccessful effort to trademark the word “The," the university is back on defense in that fight. It pressed its arguments in a new filing last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which last September had turned down the request to trademark...

Virginia farmer turns frustration into new invention

Mar. 14, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BERRYVILLE, Va. (AP) — Out in a field with one functioning arm and a broken valve stem on his tractor on a near-100-degree day, Todd Johnson had had enough. The same feeling when it happened again two days later, though, was the nail in the tire that led him to creating his own solution. That was nearly...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Mar. 11, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Philly needs to make tough calls on coronavirus — canceling St. Patrick’s parade was the right one The Philadelphia Inquirer March 10 The Philadelphia Department of Public Health officially confirmed the first case...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Mar. 11, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ March 11 The Columbus Dispatch on ensuring Mississippi institutions abide by open records laws: In Mississippi, we have laws that help ensure citizens have access to public meetings and to records (documents, emails, videos, etc.) created by public bodies and...

Panda Libre, an Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant, in Gilbert, Ariz., is pictured on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. When picking a name for their Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant in suburban Phoenix, Paul and Nicole Fan settled on “Panda Libre,” hoping the mix of China's iconic bear and the Spanish word for “free

Panda and poke: Restaurant trademarks can stir legal fights

Mar. 10, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — When picking a name for their Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant in suburban Phoenix, Paul and Nicole Fan settled on “Panda Libre,” hoping the mix of China's iconic bear and the Spanish word for “free" would signal to customers the type of cuisine it offered. That...

FILE - In this July 13, 1985 file photo, Led Zeppelin bandmates, singer Robert Plant, left, and guitarist Jimmy Page, reunite to perform for the Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. From left are John Bonham, Robert Plant, Denny and Jimmy Page. A federal appeals court on Monday, March 9, 2020, restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal “Stairway to Heaven.

Zeppelin wins latest battle of the bands in `Stairway' fight

Mar. 9, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal “Stairway to Heaven." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco handed the major win to guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant and dealt a blow to the estate of...

In this Feb. 20, 2020, photo, a worker sits at a production line at a microelectronics factory in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu Province. China on Friday suspended more punitive tariffs on imports of U.S. industrial goods in response to a truce in its trade war with Washington that threatened global economic growth. (Chinatopix via AP)

Singaporean named to head intellectual property agency

Mar. 4, 2020 5:16 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A Singaporean official defeated a candidate from China in a leadership contest for the U.N.'s intellectual property body, which was swept into a rift between Washington and Beijing over claims of Chinese theft of technological know-how. Daren Tang, 47, the CEO of Singapore's intellectual...