J. D. California's sequel to J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is most definitely an American copyright story. To better understand why it might be a 'rip-off pure and simple', here's the complaint. The Wall Street Journal provides commentary on some of the issues here.
Meanwhile Microsoft's new search engine, Bing, incorporates 'thumbnail'-sized video clips that play automatically when a cursor hovers over them. The FT discusses the copyright implications here.