Posts in Copyright Litigation


Supreme Court Mulls Circuit Split on When a Copyright is Registered in Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com

On January 8th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com [Case No. 17-571 (Jan. 8, 2019)] to settle a longstanding circuit …

Supreme Court Asked to Decide Copyrightable Elements of Iconic Michael Jordan Photograph

Rentmeester is asking the nation’s highest court to answer the question of whether copyright protection for a photograph is limited solely to the photographer’s selection …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 0

ReDigi 2.0: The Legal Debates Regarding Digital Resale of Copyright Music Likely to Continue

Just after Capitol Records filed its complaint in this litigation, ReDigi launched a new service, called ReDigi 2.0. With ReDigi 2.0, customers would originally download iTunes music files directly …
By Lee Burgunder
15 days ago 1

Supreme Court Denies TVEyes v. Fox News, Leaves Intact 2d Circuit Ruling on Market Harm of Transformative Uses

On December 3rd, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in TVEyes, Inc. v. Fox News Network, LLC, declining the opportunity to …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 0

Capitol Records v. ReDigi: No Fair Use or Lawful Resale of Music Files Under First Sale Doctrine

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a decision in Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc. affirming a previous finding out of the Southern …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 2

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Valid Copyright in Official Code of Georgia Annotated

An analysis of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated led the appellate court to find that the annotations, while not having the force of law, are part …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Copyright Infringement Claims as Time-Barred and Based on Non-Credible Testimony

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a summary order in Latin American Music Company v. Spanish Broadcasting System affirming a lower …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Getty Images Wins Summary Judgment in Copyright Case Over Press Photographs

This case stems back to a complaint filed by Zuma Press in August 2016, a few months after Getty displayed and offered thousands of images for commercial use …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Western Tennessee Judge Denies Spotify’s Motions to Dismiss Copyright Infringement Claims Brought by Bluewater Music

U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla of the Western District of Tennessee recently issued an order denying motions made by interactive streaming music provider Spotify to dismiss …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Judge Rules That Script for “Friday the 13th” Was Not a Work For Hire, Allows Scriptwriter to Reclaim Copyright

District Judge Stefan Underhill of the District of Connecticut issued a ruling on cross-motions for summary judgment in a copyright case involving the cult horror film Friday …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Supreme Court to Hear Rimini Street v. Oracle to Decide if Copyright Act Authorizes Non-Taxable Costs

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a petition for writ of certiorari to take up Rimini Street v. Oracle on appeal from the Court of Appeals …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Ninth Circuit Vacates and Remands ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case Over Erroneous and Prejudicial Jury Instructions

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued an opinion in Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin, which vacated-in-part a judgment out of the Central District of …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 7

Judge Allows Copyright Claim by Mural Artist to Proceed Against General Motors

U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the Central District of California recently issued an order granting-in-part and denying-in-part a motion for summary judgment made by …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Ninth Circuit finds no Copyright Infringement by Owner of Infringing IP Address

On appeal, the Ninth Circuit panel found that the district court had properly dismissed both the direct and the contributory infringement claims with prejudice. Although Cobbler Nevada …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Judge Denies Motions to Dismiss Fraud, Copyright Claims in ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Lawsuit

In October 2016, the creators of the classic mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap filed suit against a group of defendants including the French mass media conglomerate Vivendi …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0