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Copyright Case Opinion Summaries

  • Star Athletica, L. L. C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.

    The “pictorial, graphic, or sculptural features” of a “design of a useful article” are eligible for copyright protection as artistic works if those features “can be identified separately from, and are capable of existing independently of, the utilitarian aspects of the article,” 17 U.S.C. 101. Plaintiffs have copyright registrations for two-dimensional designs, consisting of lines, chevrons, and colorful shapes, appearing on cheerleading uniforms that read more »
  • Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. Aereokiller LLC

    Plaintiffs, a group of broadcast stations and copyright holders, filed suit against FilmOn X, an operator of a service that uses antennas to capture over-the-air broadcast programming, much of it copyrighted, and then uses the Internet to retransmit such programming to paying subscribers, all without the consent or authorization of the copyright holders. Under section 111 of the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. 111(c), a "cable system" is eligible for a so-called compulsory license that read more »
  • iHeartMedia, Inc. v. Sheridan

    The United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia certified a question of Georgia law to the Georgia Supreme Court. Arthur and Barbara Sheridan owned several pre-1972 master sound recordings of certain popular songs, as well as the associated intellectual property and contract rights. iHeartMedia operated AM/FM radio stations, as well as internet radio services. These latter services allow listeners to access and listen to a song through an internet-connected device such read more »

Copyright Case Dockets

  • LHF Productions Inc v. Doe 1, et al March 22, 2017
    Filed: March 22, 2017 as 17-35252 Plaintiff - Appellant: LHF PRODUCTIONS INC Defendant: DOE 1 Defendant - Appellee: RICHARD ACOSTA, agent of Doe 1, NATHANIEL LEWIS, agent of Doe 5, TRACY SILVAN, agent of Doe 10 and others Court: Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
  • LHF Productions Inc v. Doe 1, et al March 22, 2017
    Filed: March 22, 2017 as 17-35254 Plaintiff - Appellant: LHF PRODUCTIONS INC Defendant: DOE 1 Defendant - Appellee: PAO HANG, agent of Doe 2, SON HUYNH, agent of Doe 5, FARNAZ CARZA, agent of Doe 7 and others Court: Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
  • LHF Productions Inc v. Doe 1, et al March 22, 2017
    Filed: March 22, 2017 as 17-35253 Plaintiff - Appellant: LHF PRODUCTIONS INC Defendant: DOE 1 Defendant - Appellee: SIKOTORSKI ROMAN, agent of Doe 4, STANLEY RUGUIAN, agent of Doe 5, KIEL RAMTHUN, agent of Doe 6 and others Court: Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright

Copyright Legislation

  • 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 and Marriage Equality 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. Copyright and Marriage Equality Act 12/04/2015 04:30 PM EST You are subscribed to Copyright Legislative Developments for Library of Congress. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Copy

Copyright Office News

  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 658 March 9, 2017
    NewsNet Issue 658 March 9, 2017 Copyright Office Launches Blog Today the U.S. Copyright Office launched its new blog, Copyright: Creativity at Work. The blog supports the Office’s 2016–20 strategic plan of sharing Office activities and issues of public interest through expanded social media. Blog posts will feature such topics as Office news, registration pr
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 657 March 2, 2017
    NewsNet Issue 657 March 2, 2017 Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Moral Rights Study  The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice extending the deadlines for public comment in connection with the Office’s study on the moral rights of attribution and integrity.  Public comments are now due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 656 March 2, 2017
    NewsNet Issue 656 March 2, 2017 Copyright Office Proposes Amending Regulations to Address Disruption of Copyright Office Electronic Systems The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations to address the effect of a disruption or suspension of any Office electronic system on the Office’s receipt of applications, fees, deposits, or other materi

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Copyright News

  • Leading Parliamentary Committee on Copyright Reform Tackles Most Problematic Provisions - Center for Democracy and Technology (blog) March 23, 2017
    Center for Democracy and Technology (blog)Leading Parliamentary Committee on Copyright Reform Tackles Most Problematic ProvisionsCenter for Democracy and Technology (blog)Article 13 as proposed by the Commission would force internet intermediaries to use content identification technology to prevent users from uploading unlicensed copyrighted content. In our
  • Australian government takes safe harbour reform out of copyright bill - Complete Music Update March 23, 2017
    CIO AustraliaAustralian government takes safe harbour reform out of copyright billComplete Music UpdateThe Australian government has dropped plans to extend safe harbours from a new piece of legislation that will amend the country's copyright laws. As previously reported, the Australian record industry was among those who hit out at plans to extend the 
  • Copyright changes get tick of approval - The Australian March 23, 2017
    Copyright changes get tick of approvalThe AustralianSenator Fifield said the changes would make it easier for students and educators to use copyright material in the digital education environment, including conducting exams online. Educational institutions and copyright collecting societies would have ...Libraries winners from copyright changesPS Newsall 2 n

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