Plaintiffs claim A&E used short clip of “Rocky Top” synchronized in a television program, despite plaintiff’s refusal to grant a license. Defense claims fair use, stating that the clip is only 12 seconds long and is background to a football game filled with ambient noise. The case docket is featured by Justia and the Stanford Fair Use site.
Claims of direct, contributory, vicarious and inducement of copyright infringement filed against a lyrics wiki which allegedly scrapes hundreds of thousands of lyrics and redistributes via facebook and other sites. Stanford Fair Use and Justia feature the case docket including the Aug 24th complaint.
http://bit.ly/SWCiz When the author signs rights away to publishers, some contracts allow authors to reclaim rights in the future. Given the two year window to opt out or remove one’s book, a publisher may assent to the google books agreement and the author is out of luck when the rights revert to him or her. Copyright law, moreover, safeguards authors’ rights after about 35 years, allowing a chance to reclaim copyright. Again, if the publisher already assents, the author’s power to remove the book has lapsed, despite the right to share in revenue.
A new Firefox extension helps you share PACER court docs. It’s called RECAP: Turning PACER Around — http://recapthelaw.org Incredibly innovative way to share public domain docs that courts prefer to charge you for.
Cambridge University Press v. Patton is a publishers’ suit against a public university that makes electronic copies of course readings available to students without paying royalty fees. #copyright Court docs courtesy of Justia. http://news.justia.com/cases/featured/georgia/gandce/1:2008cv01425/150651/