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 20, 2018In 2012, Smith, a recording artist called Bigg Robb, wrote and recorded “Looking for a Country Girl” and registered his copyright. Thomas, called Bishop Bullwinkle, another Southern Soul musician, used the first 12 seconds of "Looking" as th... read more »
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 »
Copyright Case Dockets
- Dermansky v. US Healthcare Journals, LLC February 11, 2019Filed: February 11, 2019 as 2:2019cv01279 Plaintiff: Julie Dermansky Defendant: US Healthcare Journals, LLC Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Fifth Circuit › Louisiana › Louisiana Eastern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Roberts v. Kinetic Koncepts, LLC February 11, 2019Filed: February 11, 2019 as 2:2019cv01278 Defendant: Kinetic Koncepts, LLC Plaintiff: Zachary Roberts Cause Of Action: - Ownership of Copyright Court: Fifth Circuit › Louisiana › Louisiana Eastern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Dermansky v. US Healthcare Journals, LLC February 11, 2019Filed: February 11, 2019 as 3:2019cv00091 Plaintiff: Julie Dermansky Defendant: US Healthcare Journals, LLC Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Fifth Circuit › Louisiana › Louisiana Middle 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 746 February 8, 2019NewsNet Issue 746February 8, 2019 Copyright Office Applauds United States Joining the Marrakesh Treaty Today, the United States officially joined the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (“Marrakesh Treaty”) by depositing its instrument of ratification with the World
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 745 February 5, 2019NewsNet Issue 745February 5, 2019 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding the Noncommercial Use Exception to Unauthorized Uses of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings Pursuant to the Classics Protection and Access Act, title II of the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA), the Copyright Office has issued a notice of pro
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 744 February 1, 2019NewsNet Issue 744February 1, 2019 Copyright Office Announces Additional Roundtable for Section 512 Study The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing that it will hold a one-day public roundtable on April 8, 2019, in Washington, DC, to gather further input for its study on section 512. The roundtable will allow interested members of the public to address relevant
- Japan to make unauthorized downloads of all copyrighted work illegal - ABS-CBN News February 13, 2019Japan to make unauthorized downloads of all copyrighted work illegal ABS-CBN NewsTOKYO - Japan will make it illegal to download without permission of copyright holders all works including manga, computer games and literary writings, as a ...
- Fortnite creator rubbishes rapper 2 Milly's claim it stole his signature dance move for its emotes - ABC News February 13, 2019Fortnite creator rubbishes rapper 2 Milly's claim it stole his signature dance move for its emotes ABC NewsThe maker of the hugely successful game says a young rapper's claim that it stole his dance move is untrue because no-one can own such a simple movement.
- MrBeast calls out YouTube after being hit with false copyright strike - Dexerto.com February 13, 2019MrBeast calls out YouTube after being hit with false copyright strike Dexerto.comMrBeast has had enough of YouTube's confusing *Content* ID system.
January 30, 2019For the first time in twenty years, published works in the U.S. expired into the public domain. This anomaly was the read more »
April 11, 2017[caption id="attachment_307694" align="alignright" width="300"] Attorney at law, Nolo Legal Editor, Blogger — Dear Rich: read more »
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 »