Q: Thank you for updating the copyright overview on this site. What are the most important changes that you want us to know? A: Because the update reflects changes from 2014 through 2016 it includes a few decisions that readers may be familiar with such as the Google book scanning decision (Author’s Guild v. Hathitrust, […]
Bloggers and artists often ask, “how much of a photo do you need to alter to avoid copyright infringement?” Five changes? Fifteen? The Seventh Circuit addressed the issue in the Kienitz v Sconnie Nation case recently. According to the court, Sconnie Nation made t-shirts displaying an image of Madison Wisconsin mayor Paul Soglin, using […]
As part of its new draft Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, we have guidance on registration for websites. The draft of the full compendium is over 1200 pages and covers publication, recordation, notice, deposits, along with other topics. Members of the public may make comments anytime before (or after) the Third Edition […]
The U.S. Copyright Office came to Stanford Law School yesterday to conduct a roundtable on Recordation Reengineering, The Stanford Law School Law and Policy Lab submitted comments and a thoughtful White Paper, and live tweeted the proceeding along with us (see @slspolicylab and @fairlyused). The Law and Policy Lab was represented at the roundtable by Peter Holm, third year law […]
ORPHAN WORKS is red hot again. After a number of failed legislative attempts and a couple of high profile court cases, its back to the drawing board, albeit a better defined drawing board. On the one hand, most everyone agrees that for true orphans, it would be great for us all to be able to […]
Copyright Case Opinion Summaries
December 12, 2018Defendants appealed the district court's judgment for plaintiffs, finding copyright infringement. Defendants created an Internet platform designed to enable the lawful resale, under the first sale doctrine, of lawfully purchased digital musi... read more »
November 21, 2018The Photographers entered into representation agreements with Corbis, a photography agency, providing Corbis authority to sub-license their works to third parties on a non-exclusive, fixed-duration basis. The agreements include forum select... read more »
November 14, 2018Under the circumstances of this case, copyright registration, without more, does not trigger accrual of an ownership claim under section 205(c) of the Copyright Act. The Second Circuit denied a petition for rehearing in a dispute over owners... read more »
Copyright Case Dockets
- Broadcast Music, Inc. et al v. Harp & Dragon, LLC et al December 12, 2018Filed: December 12, 2018 as 3:2018cv02034 Plaintiff: Broadcast Music, Inc., Crompton Songs, Gibb Brothers Music and others Defendant: Scott Capano, Arisleida Pagan, Jean Capano and others Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Second Circuit › Connecticut › Connecticut District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Design Basics, LLC v. Tempest Homes LLC December 12, 2018Filed: December 12, 2018 as 4:2018cv00097 Defendant: Tempest Homes LLC Plaintiff: Design Basics, LLC Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Seventh Circuit › Indiana › Indiana Northern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Correll v. SRV, LLC et al December 12, 2018Filed: December 12, 2018 as 2:2018cv10305 Defendant: DOES 1 through 10, The Wet Seal, LLC, SRV, LLC Plaintiff: Gemma Correll Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Ninth Circuit › California › California Central District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Copyright Legislative Developments September 27, 2018Family Movie Act Clarification Act of 2018 H.R. 6816, Family Movie Act Clarification Act of 2018 introduced 9/13/2018. Click here for more information.
- Copyright Legislative Developments September 27, 2018American Royalties Too Act of 2018 S. 3488, American Royalties Too Act of 2018 introduced 9/25/2018. Click here for more information.
- Copyright Legislative Developments September 27, 2018American Royalties Too Act of 2018H.R. 6868, American Royalties Too Act of 2018 introduced 9/25/2018. Click here for more information.
Copyright Office News
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 735 December 7, 2018NewsNet Issue 735December 7, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule Updating Section 115 Compulsory License Regulations Pursuant to the Musical Works Modernization Act, title I of the recently enacted Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, the U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule to amend the Office’s existing regulations p
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 734 November 30, 2018NewsNet Issue 734November 30, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Final Rule Relating to Group Registration Options for Newsletters and Serials The Copyright Office has adopted a final rule, effective December 30, 2018, to update its regulations governing group registration options for newsletters and serials. The final rule will require applicants to file
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 733 November 14, 2018NewsNet Issue 733November 14, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Rulemaking Relating to the Noncommercial Use of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings That Are Not Being Commercially Exploited On October 16, 2018, the United States Copyright Office published a notice of inquiry regarding the noncommercial use of pre-1972 sound recordings that are not
- 'Blurred Lines' copyright suit ends: Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams to pay $5 million - Entertainment Weekly News December 13, 2018'Blurred Lines' copyright suit ends: Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams to pay $5 million Entertainment Weekly NewsThe lengthy legal battle over Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' “Blurred Lines” finally came to an end this week with a payday for the Marvin Gaye family.
- Why a Santa Claus picture just cost the city of Aiken more than $6,000 in court - Anderson Independent Mail December 13, 2018Why a Santa Claus picture just cost the city of Aiken more than $6,000 in court Anderson Independent MailThe suit alleged that Lance Knowles, in December 2016, posted a photo to his Instagram page of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in downtown Aiken.
- Uncleared samples are copyright infringement however short, reckons EU's Advocate General - Complete Music Update December 13, 2018Uncleared samples are copyright infringement however short, reckons EU's Advocate General Complete Music UpdateAh, the good old “can a two second sample possibly constitute copyright infringement” debate, that never gets old does it? Now the Advocate General of the ...
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February 19, 2017How will libraries hold onto ebooks and other digital files like mp3s so that readers and scholars in the future can read more »
October 6, 2017Everyone who thought they were protected from copyright lawsuits based on user postings, read this and take action on read more »