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Copyright Case Opinion Summaries

  • Jordan-Benel v. Universal City Studios, Inc.

    Plaintiff filed suit against various defendants in the film industry, alleging copyright and state law claims, including breach of implied-in-fact contract and declaratory relief. Plaintiff alleged that defendants used his screenplay idea to... read more »
  • Design Basics, LLC v. Lexington Homes, Inc.

    Design Basics claims rights to about 2700 home designs and sued Lexington for copyright infringement, contending that Lexington built homes that infringed four Design Basics’ designs. The district court granted Lexington summary judgment, finding no evidence that Lexington ever had access to Design Basics’ home plans. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, agreeing that Design Basics has no evidence of access and stating that no reasonable jury could find that Lexington’s accused read more »
  • Guarantee Fork Lift, Inc. v. Capacity of Texas, Inc.

    Capacity manufactures “Trailer Jockey” semi-tractors. GFL became an authorized Capacity dealer under a 1995 franchise agreement. In 2013, Capacity notified GFL of its intent to terminate GFL’s franchise, alleging GFL had misrepresented the employment status of a former GFL employee who went to work for Capacity’s chief competitor and allowed the employee to continue accessing Capacity’s online parts ordering system while working for the competitor. GFL filed a read more »

Copyright Case Dockets

  • Stolarik v. Kaplun Marx, PLLC July 21, 2017
    Filed: July 21, 2017 as 1:2017cv05566 Plaintiff: Robert Stolarik Defendant: Kaplun Marx, PLLC Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Second Circuit › New York › New York Southern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyrights
  • Erickson Productions Inc v. Grid Sentry, LLC July 21, 2017
    Filed: July 21, 2017 as 3:2017cv04158 Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Ninth Circuit › California › California Northern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
  • Hussey v. Source Marketing LLC July 21, 2017
    Filed: July 21, 2017 as 3:2017cv01217 Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Second Circuit › Connecticut › Connecticut District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright

Copyright Legislation

  • Copyright Legislative Developments May 12, 2017
    Register 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 Legislative Developments: July 26, 2016
    H.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, 2015
    H.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.

Copyright Office News

  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 674 July 3, 2017
     NewsNet Issue 674July 3, 2017 Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowships The United States Copyright Office is now accepting applications for the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program. The fellowship, which runs eighteen- to twenty-four months, was created for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstra
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 673 June 30, 2017
     NewsNet Issue 673June 30, 2017 U.S. Copyright Office Announces Start of Seventh Triennial Rulemaking Proceeding Under Section 1201 The Copyright Office has published a notice of inquiry and request for petitions initiating the seventh triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. § 1201. Section 1201 provides t
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 672 June 29, 2017
    NewsNet Issue 672June 29, 2017 Copyright Office Publishes Final Rule for Group Registration of Contributions to Periodicals The United States Copyright Office has adopted a final rule effective July 31, 2017, requiring that applicants seeking copyright registrations for groups of contributions to periodicals must submit applications through the Office’s elec

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Copyright News

  • Ruling casts doubt on lawyer's Indy photo copyright - Indiana Lawyer July 24, 2017
    Ruling casts doubt on lawyer's Indy photo copyrightIndiana LawyerDistrict Judge Richard Young denied summary judgment motions from both parties in McCordsville lawyer Richard Bell's copyright-infringement suit against forensic consultant Michael Maloney in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
  • Inside Parliament, Some Copyright Issues - News18 July 24, 2017
    News18Inside Parliament, Some Copyright IssuesNews18When MPs trooped out after the meeting, cameras waiting at the gate, sought sound bites. As experienced TV debaters belted out sharp one liners for the cameras, some MPs were heard raising serious copyright issues. News18.com. Updated:July 24, 2017, ...and more »
  • Leading-Edge Law: Website owners: The rules for protecting yourself from copyright infringement liability just changed - Richmond.com July 24, 2017
    Richmond.comLeading-Edge Law: Website owners: The rules for protecting yourself from copyright infringement liability just changedRichmond.comWith that in mind, consider a new legal risk to any business with an online presence: The federal copyright office just changed the protocols you have to follow to protect your business from potential copyright infring

Copyright Blogs

  • French Commercial Tribunal : clarity in paternity is key July 23, 2017
    The Commercial Tribunal of Lyon recently settled a dispute over the right of paternity in light design creations owned jointly by its authors (TGI de Lyon, Ch. 3 cab 3 C, 16 May 2017, L'Atelier Lumière and M. Nègre. v Les Eclaireurs and M. Goy - here in French language). In the decision, the tribunal reasserts the strength of this moral right by finding
  • Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2017-07-22 July 23, 2017
    Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2017-07-15 https://t.co/i5uOQcJwv7 -> Third Circuit Addresses the Defend Trade Secrets Act and Appears to Have Applied the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine https://t.co/CyC6RryilW -> Chamber rep explains implications of anti-spam legislation https://t.co/xL0emC8gjW -> Pirate Sites Ordered to Pay $1 Million in D
    Barry Sookman
  • In memoriam of Kenneth Jay Lane: "My designs are all original"; original from someone" July 22, 2017
    Fakes and imitations have long held a fascination in the world of creation, not always pejoratively. This Kat remembers his notion of what is "genuine" being challenged in 1990 by an iconic exhibition presented by The British Museum, entitled ''Fake? The Art of Deception.'' In reviewing the exhibition at the time, The New York T

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