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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

  • Powell v. Robinson et al June 23, 2017
    Filed: June 23, 2017 as 1:2017cv03785 Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Second Circuit › New York › New York Eastern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
  • Lopez v. The Endurance International Group Inc. et al June 23, 2017
    Filed: June 23, 2017 as 1:2017cv04774 Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Second Circuit › New York › New York Southern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
  • Headhunter, LLC v. Does 1-10 June 23, 2017
    Filed: June 23, 2017 as 2:2017cv00029 Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Fourth Circuit › North Carolina › North Carolina Eastern 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 671 June 22, 2017
    NewsNet Issue 671June 22, 2017 Copyright Office Releases Report on Section 1201   The U.S. Copyright Office today released a report entitled "Section 1201 of Title 17." The report details the findings of the Office’s study of section 1201—the first comprehensive public study of that provision since it was enacted nearly twenty years ago. Section 12
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 670 June 19, 2017
    NewsNet Issue 670June 19, 2017 Copyright Office Releases Redlines for Draft Compendium The U.S. Copyright Office today announces the posting of redlines comparing the current version of Compendium of Copyright Office Practices (Third), which was released December 22, 2014, and the public draft of Compendium (Third), which was released June 1, 2017. The redli
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 669 June 15, 2017
    NewsNet Issue 669June 15, 2017 Copyright Office Introduces Online Supplementary Registration The U.S. Copyright Office announces that, as of July 17, it will for the first time begin accepting applications for supplementary copyright registration—used to correct or amplify information set forth in a basic registration—through the Office’s online registration

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Copyright News

  • US Copyright Office suggests 'right to repair' laws a good idea - The Register June 27, 2017
    The RegisterUS Copyright Office suggests 'right to repair' laws a good ideaThe RegisterLast week, to little fanfare, the US Copyright Office took its first baby steps towards stopping auto-makers wrapping their software in copyright rules. The decision is important because auto-makers use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's “technical ...an
  • Disney Ducks 'Zootopia' Copyright Case, For Now - Law360 (subscription) June 27, 2017
    Disney Ducks 'Zootopia' Copyright Case, For NowLaw360 (subscription)Law360, Los Angeles (June 26, 2017, 9:46 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday tentatively tossed a copyright suit claiming The Walt Disney Co. lifted the smash animated hit “Zootopia” from a successful screenwriter's unproduced treatment, ...and more »
  • Heks'nkaas: an appetising copyright matter - International Law Office (registration) June 26, 2017
    Heks'nkaas: an appetising copyright matterInternational Law Office (registration)Although claims regarding copyright protection for tastes are uncommon, there is reason to argue that such protection should be possible. Levola's main argument seemed to be the Supreme Court's 2006 ruling in Lancôme v Kecofa that a perfume's scent was ...and

Copyright Blogs

  • Patent infringement lawsuit brought over Cal Ripken Jr.’s baseball camps June 26, 2017
    Recently, the companies responsible for organizing retired baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr.’s baseball camps (“Ripken Companies”) were sued for patent infringement.[1] The Plaintiff in this case is Zito, LLC, a company owned by Arthur J. Zito, Jr. (“Zito”).[2] In its Complaint Zito alleges that it owns two patents which cover a “User-Specific Dispensing Syste
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  • Should robot artists be given copyright protection? June 26, 2017
    Shutterstock Andres Guadamuz, University of Sussex When a group of museums and researchers in the Netherlands unveiled a portrait entitled The Next Rembrandt, it was something of a tease to the art world. It wasn’t a long lost painting but a new artwork generated by a computer that had analysed thousands of works by the 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt Ha
    Andres
  • What is Criminal Defense Law? June 26, 2017
    Criminal defense is first for the uniquely considerable probable repercussions or supports for inability to follow its principles. For more information, watch this: Each and every law-breaking is made up of criminal features. Real physical or corporal consequence might just be billed including whipping, violation of privacy through kik usernames, or caning,
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