Here’s a sampling of recent copyright decision summaries written by Justia lawyers: Enterprise Management Limited, Inc. v. Warrick May 21, 2013 In a copyright infringement case, Enterprise Management Limited, Inc. and Mary Lippitt appealed a summary judgment in favor of Donald Warrick. Lippitt contended, contrary to the district court’s holding, she demonstrated a prima [...]
As you may know, the U.S. Copyright Office had approved an allowance for consumers to unlock their cellphones, as part of a triennial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) rulemaking process, and consumers rejoiced. Fast forward to the renewal of that exception only to find that the exception was closed up in this year’s rulemaking. Many [...]
Sherwin Sly, over at Public Knowledge, distills the testimony from last week’s Congressional hearing on copyright reform here. Personal note – it could be devastating for libraries if the library copyright provision is repealed. Libraries rely both on the specific exception (Sect. 108) and the general contours of Fair Use. The specific exception allows some measure of [...]
Congressional recording available from the May 16 hearing on the Copyright Principles Project. You may need to move the play button pretty far in to get to it. Here are the details: A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project Thursday 5/16/2013 – 2:00 p.m. Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet [...]
Mary Minow: Good morning. I understand that international treaty discussions concerning libraries, archives and copyright are scheduled in Geneva in November 2011. How did that come to be? Winston Tabb: Really, where we began was at the International Federation of Library Associations and Instititutions (IFLA) World Congress in Oslo in 2005. We didn’t start with [...]
Copyright Case Opinion Summaries
- May 21, 2013In a copyright infringement case, Enterprise Management Limited, Inc. and Mary Lippitt appealed a summary judgment in favor of Donald Warrick. Lippitt contended, contrary to the district court's holding, she demonstrated a prima facie case of copyright... read more »
- May 9, 2013Plaintiff filed separate copyright infringement suits against defendants for posting articles from the Las Vegas Review-Journal online without authorization. In consolidated appeals, the court agreed with the district court that plaintiff lacked standi... read more »
- May 21, 2013In 1974, songwriter, recording artist, producer, and performer Tilmon, composed the song “You’re Getting a Little Too Smart.” In 1976, Tilmon assigned all of his rights to the song to Bridgeport Music. In 1997, rapper Rashaam A. Smith a/k/a Esham A. Smith released the song “You & Me,” which, according to Bridgeport, unlawfully contained samples of the composition “Smart.” In 2003, plaintiffs, including Bridgeport, sued for copyright read more »
Copyright Case Dockets
- ELF-MAN LLC v. DOE, subscriber assigned IP Address 188.8.131.52 (Formerly Doe No. 43) May 24, 20131:2013cv03884 Filed in Illinois Northern District Court Type of Suit: Copyrights Plaintiff: ELF-MAN LLC. Defendant: DOE, subscriber assigned IP Address 184.108.40.206 (Formerly Doe No. 43). Judge: Rebecca R. Pallmeyer Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement
- Paris Deior Studios, LLC v. Music Video Distributor, Inc. May 24, 20132:2013cv12315 Filed in Michigan Eastern District Court Type of Suit: Copyrights Plaintiff: Paris Deior Studios, LLC. Defendant: Music Video Distributor, Inc. Judge: Victoria A. Roberts
- MALIBU MEDIA, LLC v. JOHN DOE May 23, 20132:2013cv02854 Filed in Pennsylvania Eastern District Court Type of Suit: Copyrights Plaintiff: MALIBU MEDIA, LLC. Defendant: JOHN DOE. Judge: JOHN R. PADOVA Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement
- S.912 Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013To allow multichannel video programming distributors to provide video programming to subscribers on an a la carte basis, and for other purposes.
- S.481 Wireless Consumer Choice ActTo require the Federal Communications Commission to direct that wireless providers permit the unlocking of mobile devices.
- S.517 - Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition ActTo promote consumer choice and wireless competition by permitting consumers to unlock mobile wireless devices, and for other purposes.
Copyright Office News
- Copyright Office Seeks Comments on Resale RoyaltiesThe Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice requesting written comments on how current copyright law affects and supports visual artists and how a federal resale royalty right for visual artists would affect current and future practices of groups or individuals involved in the creation, licensing, sale, exhibition, dissemination, and preserv
- Director of U.S. Copyright Office Announces Priorities, Special Projects for Next Two YearsRegister of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today made public her office's priorities and special projects through October 2013. The document articulates 17 priorities in the areas of copyright policy and administrative practice, as well as 10 new projects designed to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. Copyright Office's services in the 21
- Vine, hip-hop and the future of video sharing - GigaOM May 25, 2013Vine, hip-hop and the future of video sharingGigaOMcopyright collectors came along and sued the rappers — resulting in a drawn-out debate over where to draw a line between culture and intellectual property theft. Hip-hop largely prevailed but was damaged in the process. Now, a fight over a Vine video ...
- Supreme Court Establishes International Copyright Exhaustion - Mondaq News Alerts (registration) May 25, 2013Supreme Court Establishes International Copyright ExhaustionMondaq News Alerts (registration)The recent Supreme Court decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons represents a significant victory for college students in their struggle with media companies over copyrighted media. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court assented to college student ...
- Copyright in space - Boing Boing May 24, 2013Copyright in spaceBoing BoingGlenn Fleishman at The Economist: Chris Hadfield has captured the world's heart, judging by the 14m YouTube views of his free-fall rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity", recorded on the International Space Station (ISS). The Canadian astronaut's ...Chris Hadfield, 'Space Oddity,' and copyrig
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- BPI DMCA (Copyright) Complaint to Google May 25, 2013DMCA Notices: From: BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Ltd To: Google, Inc.Date: 2013-05-22
- DtecNet DMCA (Copyright) Complaint to Google May 25, 2013DMCA Notices: From: Summit To: Google, Inc.Date: 2013-05-22
- May 22, 2013Here's a sampling of recent copyright decision summaries written by Justia lawyers: Enterprise read more »
- May 22, 2013As you may know, the U.S. Copyright Office had approved an allowance for consumers to unlock their cellphones, as part read more »
- May 22, 2013Sherwin Sly, over at Public Knowledge, distills the testimony from last week's Congressional hearing on copyright reform read more »