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
June 4, 2019The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment and award of attorney's fees to Sanctuary Clothing in an action brought by Fiesta, alleging that Sanctuary clothing copied its fabric design. The panel held that the d... read more »
May 7, 2019This appeal grew out of Brent Sloan’s participation in two transactions: (1) a merger between Advanced Recovery Systems, LLC and Kinum, Inc.; and (2) the sale of software from Kinum to Sajax Software, LLC. American Agencies, LLC alleged harm... read more »
May 2, 2019MRT filed suit against Microsoft, alleging patent infringement stemming from MRT's development of a technology to protect electronic files from content piracy. The Ninth Circuit held that claim preclusion barred the claims in this suit that ... read more »
Copyright Case Dockets
- Klauber Brothers, Inc. v. Forever 21, Inc. et al June 17, 2019Filed: June 17, 2019 as 2:2019cv05284 Defendant: ANB Apparel, Inc., Palo Apparel, Inc., Does 1 through 10 and others Plaintiff: Klauber Brothers, Inc. Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Ninth Circuit › California › US District Court for the Central District of California Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Fashion Avenue Sweater Knits, LLC v. Eminent Sportswear, Inc. et al June 17, 2019Filed: June 17, 2019 as 1:2019cv05632 Defendant: DOES 1-10, BJ's Wholesale, Eminent Sportswear, Inc. Plaintiff: Fashion Avenue Sweater Knits, LLC Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Second Circuit › New York › US District Court for the Southern District of New York Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Kellytoy (USA), Inc. et al v. Toy Factory, L.L.C., a Texas limited liability company June 17, 2019Filed: June 17, 2019 as 2:2019cv05290 Plaintiff: Kellytoy (USA), Inc., Kellytoy Worldwide, Inc. Defendant: Toy Factory, L.L.C., a Texas limited liability company Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Ninth Circuit › California › US District Court for the Central District of California 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 770 May 31, 2019NewsNet Issue 770May 31, 2019 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. This 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 769 May 20, 2019NewsNet Issue 769May 20, 2019 Copyright Office Institutes New Group Registration Procedure for Works on an Album The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for musical works, sound recordings, and certain other works contained on an album. The proposed rule will expand the registration options currently available to reg
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 768 May 17, 2019NewsNet Issue 768May 17, 2019 Copyright Office Announces Third Modernization Webinar The Copyright Office will host its third public modernization webinar on May 30, 2019, at noon eastern time. This webinar will focus on how data management will be applied in relation to copyright data and modernization. As the Copyright Office modernizes, we’re taking a clo
- Polish Government's Legal Challenge To EU Copyright Directive's Article 13/17 Remains Shrouded In Mystery, But Details May Not Matter - Techdirt June 18, 2019Polish Government's Legal Challenge To EU Copyright Directive's Article 13/17 Remains Shrouded In Mystery, But Details May Not Matter TechdirtThe awful Article 13/17 of the EU's Copyright Directive only seems to have passed thanks to some MEPs voting for it by mistake. But the European Parliament ...
- Supreme Court: Meaning of “Full Costs” in Section 505 of the Copyright Act Clarified - Lexology June 18, 2019Supreme Court: Meaning of “Full Costs” in Section 505 of the Copyright Act Clarified LexologySection 505 of the Copyright Act permits a court to award “full costs.” The general federal statute governing awards of costs specifies six…
- How to ensure free speech; and the EU's new copyright directive - ABC News June 18, 2019How to ensure free speech; and the EU's new copyright directive ABC NewsMany Western governments continue to struggle with free speech. It's not that they're necessarily against it, it's just that they don't know how to effectively ...
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 »
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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 »