Posts Tagged: copyright law


Is the Supreme Court breathtakingly dishonest or just completely clueless?

In Star Athletica Breyer laments that the majority is ignoring the statute, refers to copyrights as a monopoly, and explains that copyrights are a tax on consumers... …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 14

Copyrights at the Supreme Court: Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

On Wednesday, March 22nd, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in a copyright case, which clarifies federal copyright law surrounding whether features incorporated into …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Copyright litigation in 2016 saw rise in textile plaintiffs, decline in file sharing cases

The most active defendants in copyright lawsuits include department store chain Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST), which was named as a defendant in 276 cases. Following Ross Stores …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

Trump on Copyright: How the Trump Administration will approach copyright law and potential copyright reforms

We know that not only are copyrights grounded in the constitution, but core copyright industries contribute approximately $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, and employ over 5.5 …
By Marla Grossman & Gene Quinn
4 months ago 3

Recent study on lost copyright royalties may reopen WTO case on Section 110 exemptions in U.S.

A recent report from French consulting firm PMP Conseil made waves in the media for indicating that public performance exemptions in U.S. copyright law, such as …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert is the subject of copyright suit filed on behalf of former promoter

On Monday, September 12th, Sid Bernstein LLC, a company representing Bernstein who passed away in 2013, filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement on the use of the Shea …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 0

The Supreme Court May Give Product Designers Little to Cheer in Star Athletica

The Supreme Court granted certiorari this term in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., which considers whether typical designs on cheerleading uniforms can be …
By Lee Burgunder
7 months ago 0

Ed Sheeran targeted by heirs of ‘Let’s Get It On’ co-writer in copyright infringement suit

On Tuesday, August 9th, Ed Sheeran was named as a defendant in a copyright lawsuit filed by three heirs of American singer-songwriter Lee Townsend. Townsend, who passed …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 0

Using ‘Borrowed’ Images in Your Blog

An engaging image, be it a photograph or other graphic, can capture the reader’s attention and drive interest in an online post. Bloggers, especially, are well …
By Leonard Marquez
9 months ago 1

NYIPLA Proposes Supreme Court Adopt a New Test for Copyright Protection in Cheerleader Uniform Case

This case concerns Star Athletica’s alleged infringement of Varsity Brands’ purported copyrights in the design of certain cheerleading uniforms. Under the Copyright Act, because clothing possesses …
By Lauren Emerson & Joseph Farco
9 months ago 0

IBM files patent application for method to stop printing of copyrighted material

Although the type of copyright infringement that gets the most attention today in our digital age is the downloading of music and/or movies, infringement of print …
By Gene Quinn & Benjamin Joe
10 months ago 2

Capitol Records v. Vimeo: Courts Should Stop Coddling Bad Actors in Copyright Cases

Just how much knowledge about piracy on its system does an online service provider need before it loses its safe harbor protection, which severely limits its potential …
By Devlin Hartline
10 months ago 1

Objective reasonableness important factor in awarding attorney’s fees in copyright litigation

In exercising this discretion the Supreme Court held that district courts should consider the objective reasonableness of the losing party’s position, but that the objective reasonableness …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 0

Copyright Policy Should Be Based On Facts, Not Rhetoric

After nearly twenty years with the DMCA, the Copyright Office has launched a new study to examine the impact and effectiveness of this system, and voices on …
By Kevin Madigan & Devlin Hartline
12 months ago 0

What is a patent and where do patent rights come from?

A patent is a proprietary right granted by the Federal government pursuant to laws passed by Congress. The Congressional power to authorize patents is found in Article …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 2