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
September 12, 2017The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment for defendants in a copyright infringement action. The panel held that DRK, a stock photography agency that markets and licenses images created by others to publishing... read more »
August 30, 2017In order to be eligible for the safe harbor protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. 512(c), the defendant must show that the photographs at issue were stored at the direction of the user. The Ninth Circuit filed ... read more »
August 24, 2017The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's decision that VidAngel had likely violated both the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Copyright Act, and order preliminarily enjoining VidAngel from circumventing the technological measu... read more »
Copyright Case Dockets
- Tresona Multimedia, LLC v. Brett Carroll, et al September 19, 2017Filed: September 19, 2017 as 17-56419 Plaintiff - Appellee: TRESONA MULTIMEDIA, LLC, an Arizona limited liability company Defendant - Appellant: BRETT CARROLL, JOHN DOE CARROLL, a married couple Defendant: BURBANK HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL MUSIC ASSOCIATION, ELLIE STOCKWELL, JOHN DOE STOCKWELL, a married couple and others Court: Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals,
- Tresona Multimedia, LLC v. Burbank High School Vocal Musi, et al September 19, 2017Filed: September 19, 2017 as 17-56417 Plaintiff - Appellee: TRESONA MULTIMEDIA, LLC, an Arizona limited liability company Defendant - Appellant: BURBANK HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL MUSIC ASSOCIATION, ELLIE STOCKWELL, JOHN DOE STOCKWELL, a married couple and others Defendant: BRETT CARROLL, JOHN DOE CARROLL, a married couple Court: Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals,
- Luminence, LLC v. Rival Technology Inc. et al September 18, 2017Filed: September 18, 2017 as 3:2017cv01900 Plaintiff: Luminence, LLC Defendant: Rival Technology Inc., Catlyn Walker Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Ninth Circuit › California › California Southern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyrights
- Copyright Legislative Developments August 4, 2017Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act H.R.3350, Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act, introduced July 20, 2017. Click here for more information.
- Copyright Legislative Developments July 28, 2017CLASSICS Act H.R.3301, CLASSICS Act, introduced July 19, 2017. Click here for more information.
- Copyright Legislative Developments May 12, 2017Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 S.1010, Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, introduced May 2, 2017. Click here for more information.
Copyright Office News
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 681 September 15, 2017NewsNet Issue 681September 15, 2017 Copyright Office Releases Section 108 Discussion Document The U.S. Copyright Office today released its Section 108 Discussion Document. Congress enacted section 108 of Title 17 in 1976, authorizing libraries and archives to reproduce and distribute, without permission, certain copyrighted works on a limited basis for the
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 680 September 14, 2017NewsNet Issue 680September 14, 2017 Copyright Office Publishes Archive of Briefs and Legal Opinions Under the Copyright Act, the Copyright Office is responsible for advising the courts on issues of copyright law. This advice manifests itself in many forms. For instance, based on advice received from the Office, the Department of Justice files briefs in feder
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 679 September 12, 2017NewsNet Issue 679September 12, 2017 Copyright Office Adopts Final Rule Streamlining Regulation on Copyright Notice The U.S. Copyright Office today published a final rule relocating regulations governing the use of copyright notice to a single location. This rule, intended to simplify and streamline the regulations, makes no substantive changes to the regula
- Surely, You Jest: Copyright And Comedy - Above the Law September 20, 2017Above the LawSurely, You Jest: Copyright And ComedyAbove the LawWho doesn't love a good joke? If such a killjoy exists, I have not had the displeasure of making their acquaintance. Jokes, whether they be puns, limericks, lawyer-shamers, slapstick, plays on word, or of the venerable knock-knock variety, have long ...
- Chad Harbach Is Being Sued For Copyright Infringement - BuzzFeed News September 20, 2017BuzzFeed NewsChad Harbach Is Being Sued For Copyright InfringementBuzzFeed NewsA former Division III college baseball player is claiming the author's best-selling novel The Art of Fielding shares "extensive and substantial similarities" with his unpublished work. Posted on September 20, 2017, at 10:50 a.m.. Arianna Rebolini ...
- Valley firm drops copyright claims against Ohio companies - Sunbury Daily Item September 20, 2017Valley firm drops copyright claims against Ohio companiesSunbury Daily ItemWILLIAMSPORT — A Snyder County company that creates, markets and sells camouflage designs and patterns used to decorate a variety of goods including apparel, firearms and cutlery has voluntarily dismissed its copyright infringement claims against two ...
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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 »