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Copyright Case Opinion Summaries

  • Bell v. Lantz

    Bell, a practicing attorney and professional photographer, filed a copyright infringement action against 46 defendants including Lantz, based on their website publication of Bell’s photograph of the Indianapolis skyline. Eventually, Bell confirmed that Lantz had not infringed his copyright, and voluntarily dismissed his claim with prejudice. Lantz moved, as the prevailing party, for costs and attorney’s fees under 17 U.S.C. 505, the Copyright Act. The district court considered read more »
  • Home Design Serv., Inc. v. Turner Heritage Homes Inc.

    Home Design filed suit against Turner for copyright infringement on Home Design’s architectural floor plan HDS-2089. A jury returned a verdict in favor of Home Design, awarding $127,760 in damages. Turner moved for judgment notwithstanding the jury’s verdict under Rule 50(b) and the district court granted the motion. The court held that architectural floor plans are not protected by copyright to the extent that they portray ideas, rather than expressions of ideas. The Copyright read more »
  • Capitol Records, LLC v. Vimeo, LLC

    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. 512(c), establishes a safe harbor which gives qualifying Internet service providers protection from liability for copyright infringement when their users upload infringing material on the service provider’s site and the service provider is unaware of the infringement. Plaintiffs filed suit against Vimeo alleging that Vimeo is liable for copyright infringement by reason of 199 videos posted on the Vimeo website, which read more »

Copyright Case Dockets

  • Zelouf West Ltd. v. Shoreline Wear, Inc. et al June 27, 2016
    Filed: June 27, 2016 as 2:2016cv04687 Defendant: DOES 1-10, inclusive, Shoreline Wear, Inc., ZULILY, LLC Plaintiff: Zelouf West Ltd. Court: Ninth Circuit › California › California Central District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
  • Ross v. Apple, Inc. June 27, 2016
    Filed: June 27, 2016 as 0:2016cv61471 Plaintiff: Thomas S. Ross Defendant: Apple, Inc. Cause Of Action: Federal Question Court: Eleventh Circuit › Florida › Florida Southern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyrights
  • Briche v. American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc. June 27, 2016
    Filed: June 27, 2016 as 2:2016cv04672 Court: Ninth Circuit › California › California Central District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright

Copyright Legislation

  • 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 and Marriage Equality Act December 4, 2015
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  • Respecting Senior Performers as Essential Cultural Treasures Act December 4, 2015
    You are subscribed to Copyright Legislative Developments for Library of Congress. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Respecting Senior Performers as Essential Cultural Treasures Act 12/04/2015 04:30 PM EST You are subscribed to Copyright Legislative Developments for Library of Congress. This information has recently been update

Copyright Office News

  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 630 June 10, 2016
    NewsNet 630June 10, 2016 Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Notice of Inquiry Regarding Mandatory Deposit of Online-Only Books and Sound Recordings The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice extending the deadline for submission of written comments in response to its May 17, 2016, Notice of Inquiry regarding the mandatory depo
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 629 June 7, 2016
    NewsNet 629 June 7, 2016 Copyright Office Seeks Meetings with Stakeholders on Revisions to Library and Archives Exceptions The U.S. Copyright Office today published a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) inviting interested parties to discuss potential revisions to the library and archives exceptions in the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 108, in furtherance of the Office’s
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 628 May 25, 2016
    NewsNet 628 May 25, 2016 Office Seeks Comment on Reduced Fee for Designating Agents under the DMCA The United States Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments concerning a significant reduction in the fee for online service providers to designate agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement under secti

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Copyright News

  • DJ Bassnectar Sued By Animator Max Hattler Over Alleged Copyright Infringement - Cartoon Brew June 28, 2016
    Cartoon BrewDJ Bassnectar Sued By Animator Max Hattler Over Alleged Copyright InfringementCartoon BrewBut federal copyright law provides a specific defense against copyright infringement when an infringing work “transforms” the earlier copyrighted work. Hattler's attorney, Scott Alan Burroughs of the Los Angeles-based law firm Doniger/Burroughs ...
  • Led Zep wins copyright fight. But why? - Scholars and Rogues June 28, 2016
    Scholars and RoguesLed Zep wins copyright fight. But why?Scholars and RoguesJimmy Page and Robert Plant are indeed the writers of the rock classic, “Stairway to Heaven.” A federal court jury ruled June 23 the estate of Randy Wolfe had not proven its argument Wolfe was the original creator of “Stairway's” most memorable guitar ...How Led Zeppelin 'S
  • Disney sues Chinese companies for copyright infringement - Inquirer.net June 28, 2016
    Inquirer.netDisney sues Chinese companies for copyright infringementInquirer.netINDONESIA—The Walt Disney Company has taken legal action against three Chinese companies because of an animated film they produced called “The Autobots,” claiming the companies infringed on Disney's copyright over the movie “Cars”. According to ...and more »

Copyright Blogs

  • Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week June 27, 2016
    Is it safe to come out yet?You could be forgiven for being too distracted by the last week of news to catch up with IPKat... but not to worry! Never Too Late 102 is here with what you missed.*  Neighbouring rights for publishers: are national and (possible) EU initiatives lawful?Eleonora Rosati explains the limitations and restrictions on introducing a sui g
  • Le Brexit et les brevets en Europe June 27, 2016
    Dans la foulée du référendum britannique, le mot « Brexit » était sur toutes les lèvres la fin de semaine passée. Les gestionnaires de propriété intellectuelle se demandent ce qu’il adviendra de leurs investissements en brevets en Europe et se questionnent à savoir s’ils doivent réviser leur approche d’investissement futur. Voici, en rafale, quelques élément
    Alexandre Daoust
  • U.S. Trademark Office proposes fee increases June 27, 2016
    Brand owners should be aware that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has proposed an increase of its trademark registration and filing fees. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register, with the period for public comment expiring on July 11, 2016. See Trademark Fee Adjustment. The USPTO stated that the proposed fee adjustments are inten
    Andrea Shannon (US)

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