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
October 19, 2018Plaintiffs, three publishing houses, alleged that members of the Board of Regents at GSU infringed their copyrights by maintaining a policy which allows GSU professors to make digital copies of excerpts of plaintiffs' books available to stud... read more »
October 19, 2018The annotations contained in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA), authored by the Georgia General Assembly and made an inextricable part of the official codification of Georgia's laws, may not be copyrighted by the State of Georgia... read more »
September 28, 2018The Ninth Circuit vacated the district court's judgment for Led Zeppelin in a copyright infringement suit alleging that Led Zeppelin copied "Stairway to Heaven" from the song "Taurus," written by Spirit band member Randy Wolfe. The panel hel... read more »
Copyright Case Dockets
- Melissa Scott v. Bobbi Jones et al October 18, 2018Filed: October 18, 2018 as 5:2018cv02219 Defendant: Michael Evans, Bobbi Jones, Tina Pereida Plaintiff: Melissa Scott Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Ninth Circuit › California › California Central District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Martinka v. PennWell Corporation October 18, 2018Filed: October 18, 2018 as 4:2018cv00541 Plaintiff: Paul Martinka Defendant: PennWell Corporation Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Tenth Circuit › Oklahoma › Oklahoma Northern District Court Type: Intellectual Property › Copyright
- Hirsch v. Barstool Sports, Inc. October 18, 2018Filed: October 18, 2018 as 1:2018cv09579 Defendant: Barstool Sports, Inc. Plaintiff: Steven Hirsch Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement Court: Second Circuit › New York › New York Southern 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 731 October 17, 2018NewsNet Issue 731October 17, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office Issues a Notice of Inquiry on Registration Modernization The U.S. Copyright Office has published a notice of inquiry requesting written comments on how to improve the regulations and practices related to the registration of copyright claims in the digital age. The Office’s registration services are vita
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 730 October 16, 2018NewsNet Issue 730October 16, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule and Notice of Inquiry Regarding Pre-1972 Sound Recordings Pursuant to the Classics Protection and Access Act, title II of the recently-enacted Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), the Copyright Office has issued an interim rule and notice of inquiry regarding
- U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 729 October 15, 2018NewsNet Issue 729October 15, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office Adopts Final Rule to Streamline Cable, Satellite, and DART Electronic Royalty Payment Processes and the Administration of DART Royalty Accounts The U.S. Copyright Office has adopted a final rule to streamline the administration of digital audio recording technology royalty accounts and electronic royalt
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- Filmmaker Urges Open Road Bankruptcy Judge to Unpause 'Nightcrawler' Copyright Lawsuit - Hollywood Reporter October 20, 2018Hollywood ReporterFilmmaker Urges Open Road Bankruptcy Judge to Unpause 'Nightcrawler' Copyright LawsuitHollywood ReporterA Utah-based indie filmmaker doesn't think Open Road's bankruptcy should delay the trial in his copyright infringement lawsuit over Nightcrawler, according to a Friday filing. Richard Dutcher in 2015 sued Bold Films, O
- Report: NJPW Reevaluating Copyright Claims On GIFs - Mandatory October 19, 2018MandatoryReport: NJPW Reevaluating Copyright Claims On GIFsMandatoryYesterday New Japan Pro-Wrestling got on the bad side of some makers of NJPW GIFs by claiming copyright of the posts. This resulted in one popular Twitter account getting suspended due to receiving too many copyright complaints in a short timespan.
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 »
October 6, 2017Everyone who thought they were protected from copyright lawsuits based on user postings, read this and take action on read more »