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The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that “a governmental unit’s copyright infringement is not a taking” and that, therefore, the trial court erred in denying a plea to the jurisdiction, holding that the…

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The Kerstiens family runs companies that build single-family homes out of Jasper, Indiana. Plan Pros and Prime Designs are home design companies that license their plans through Design Basics, which acts as a broker, serving as an intermedia…

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The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that the board game “The Game of Life” qualified as a “work for hire” under the Copyright Act of 1909.

This case stemmed from a dispute between Rueben Klamer, a toy de…

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Design Basics is a copyright troll and holds registered copyrights in thousands of floor plans for suburban, single-family tract homes. Its employees trawl the Internet in search of targets for strategic infringement suits of questionable me…

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The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Marvic d/b/a Brady-Built Sunrooms (Marvic) and dismissing Cynthia Foss’s state law claims, holding that the district court did not err.

Foss…