Q: Thank you for updating the copyright overview on this site. What are the most important changes that you want us to know? A: Because the update reflects changes from 2014 through 2016 it includes a few decisions that readers may be familiar with such as the Google book scanning decision (Author’s Guild v. Hathitrust, […]
Bloggers and artists often ask, “how much of a photo do you need to alter to avoid copyright infringement?” Five changes? Fifteen? The Seventh Circuit addressed the issue in the Kienitz v Sconnie Nation case recently. According to the court, Sconnie Nation made t-shirts displaying an image of Madison Wisconsin mayor Paul Soglin, using […]
As part of its new draft Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, we have guidance on registration for websites. The draft of the full compendium is over 1200 pages and covers publication, recordation, notice, deposits, along with other topics. Members of the public may make comments anytime before (or after) the Third Edition […]
The U.S. Copyright Office came to Stanford Law School yesterday to conduct a roundtable on Recordation Reengineering, The Stanford Law School Law and Policy Lab submitted comments and a thoughtful White Paper, and live tweeted the proceeding along with us (see @slspolicylab and @fairlyused). The Law and Policy Lab was represented at the roundtable by Peter Holm, third year law […]
ORPHAN WORKS is red hot again. After a number of failed legislative attempts and a couple of high profile court cases, its back to the drawing board, albeit a better defined drawing board. On the one hand, most everyone agrees that for true orphans, it would be great for us all to be able to […]
Copyright Case Opinion Summaries
April 7, 2017Mavrix filed suit against LiveJournal for posting 20 of its copyrighted photographs online. The district court granted summary judgment for LiveJournal, holding that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. 512(c), safe harbo... read more »
April 5, 2017Plaintiffs, former student athletes, filed suit against T3Media, asserting claims for statutory and common law publicity-rights, as well as an unfair competition claim under California law. Plaintiffs alleged that T3Media exploited their likenesses commercially by selling non-exclusive licenses permitting consumers to download photographs from the NCAA's Photo Library for non-commercial art use. The district court held that the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., preempted plaintiffs' read more »
April 3, 2017Unicolors filed suit against Urban, alleging copyright infringement of the Subject Design. The district court concluded that defendants were liable for copyright infringement. A jury found that Urban willfully infringed Unicolor's copyright ... read more »
Copyright Case Dockets
- Star Fabrics Inc v. GenX Clothing Inc et al April 21, 2017Filed: April 21, 2017 as 2:2017cv03035 Defendant: A3 Design, Inc, DOES 1-10, Fashion Gal Inc and others Plaintiff: Star Fabrics Inc Court: Ninth Circuit › California › California Central District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-8 April 21, 2017Filed: April 21, 2017 as 2:2017cv00342 Plaintiff: ME2 Productions, Inc. Defendant: Does 1-8 Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Sixth Circuit › Ohio › Ohio Southern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyrights
- UMG RECORDINGS, INC. et al v. Grande Communications Networks LLC et al April 21, 2017Filed: April 21, 2017 as 1:2017cv00365 Plaintiff: ARISTA RECORDS LLC, ATLANTIC RECORDING CORPORATION, Arista Music and others Defendant: Grande Communications Networks LLC, Patriot Media Consulting, LLC Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Fifth Circuit › Texas › Texas Western District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Copyright Legislative Developments: July 26, 2016H.R.5757, Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2016, “To amend title 17, United States Code, to establish an alternative dispute resolution program for copyright small claims, and for other purposes,” introduced July 13, 2016. See here for more information.
- Copyright Legislative Developments: December 15, 2015H.R. 4241, Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act, "To establish the United States Copyright Office as an agency in the legislative branch, and for other purposes," introduced Dec. 11, 2015. See here for more information.
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Copyright Office News
- Copyright Legislative Developments April 19, 2017PROMOTE Act of 2017 H.R.1914, PROMOTE Act, introduced April 5, 2017. See here for more information.
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 659 April 7, 2017NewsNet Issue 659April 7, 2017 SAVE THE DATE: Celebrate World IP Day at the Copyright Office The U.S. Copyright Office will host a program in recognition of World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building in Washington, DC. This year’s theme, as announced by the World
- Copyright Legislative Developments April 7, 2017Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2017 H.R.1836, Fair Play Fair Pay Act, introduced March 30, 2017. See here for more information.
- Apex court: Use of rival's directories not a copyright breach - The Straits Times April 23, 2017Apex court: Use of rival's directories not a copyright breachThe Straits Times"If the compiler does so, the resulting copyright will only protect the original expression in the form of the selection or arrangement of the material as the case may be," wrote Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon on the court's behalf in judgment grounds ...and more
- Ex-employee sues D-303 for more than $100k, alleging copyright infringement, harassment - Kane County Chronicle April 23, 2017Kane County ChronicleEx-employee sues D-303 for more than $100k, alleging copyright infringement, harassmentKane County ChronicleShanton resigned, losing a lump sum of $15,000, in addition to a significantly higher pension, suffering financial damages in excess of $136,000, while the district continued to use a version of the Shantons' copyrighted progr
- Copyright Agency diverts funds meant for authors to $15m fighting fund - The Sydney Morning Herald April 23, 2017The Sydney Morning HeraldCopyright Agency diverts funds meant for authors to $15m fighting fundThe Sydney Morning HeraldDerek Whitehead, chairman of the Australian Digital Alliance, which represents libraries and other users of copyrighted material, said he was concerned to discover that money being collected for orphan works was being used for the bizarre p
- Should investment in innovation worry about geographic dispersion? Steve Case says "yes", but what about Pareto? April 23, 2017Does it matter that most innovative activity, at least in the United States, is taking place in a small number of VC-funded locations? Steve Case seems to think so. For Kat readers who may not recognize the name, Case was co-founder in the 1980’s of what later was called AOL. The company was a pioneer internet company, particularly in its vision of exploitin
- The Indie film industry: still looking for its long tail April 23, 2017What happened to the idea of the "long tail", as popularized by Chris Anderson over a decade ago? The very fact that this blogger feels the need to revisit the notion suggests the extent to which it has fallen into disfavor. In brief, Anderson’s idea contrasted the manner by which goods are typically sold in a bricks-and-mortar environment from theNeil Wilkof
- Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2017-04-22 April 23, 2017Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2017-04-15 https://t.co/2Ob4X6fGaN -> IP Rights Holders: The Sky is Not Falling – Life Under Trump's NAFTA https://t.co/lGCZoMrdrI -> Defining Computer Related Inventions in a post-Alice World https://t.co/ozeGyl3M4M -> Judiciary Committee votes for a 21st century Copyright Office https://t.co/5ezKICt5C2Barry Sookman
April 11, 2017[caption id="attachment_307694" align="alignright" width="300"] Attorney at law, Nolo Legal Editor, Blogger — Dear Rich: read more »
February 19, 2017How will libraries hold onto ebooks and other digital files like mp3s so that readers and scholars in the future can read more »
November 18, 2016Everyone who thought they were protected from copyright lawsuits based on user postings, read this and take action on read more »