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  • 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

  • Cadence Design Systems, Inc. v. Pounce Consulting, Inc. August 15, 2017
    Filed: August 15, 2017 as 5:2017cv04732 Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Ninth Circuit › California › California Northern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
  • AutoOpt Networks, Inc. v. Karani et al August 15, 2017
    Filed: August 15, 2017 as 3:2017cv04714 Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Ninth Circuit › California › California Northern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
  • Venice PI, LLC v. Does 1-9 August 14, 2017
    Filed: August 14, 2017 as 1:2017cv00219 Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Fourth Circuit › North Carolina › North Carolina Western District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright

Copyright Legislation

  • Copyright Legislative Developments August 4, 2017
    Transparency 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, 2017
    CLASSICS Act H.R.3301, CLASSICS Act, introduced July 19, 2017.  Click here for more information.
  • 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 Office News

  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 675 August 16, 2017
     NewsNet Issue 675August 16, 2017 Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Simplify Deposit Requirements for Certain Literary Works and Musical Compositions The United States Copyright Office is proposing to amend the regulations governing the deposit requirements for certain types of published literary works and musical compositions to require the deposit of a sin
  • 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

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