Posts in Copyright


Earth to Google: Here’s Why APIs Need to be Copyrightable

On January 6, 2020, Google submitted its brief in Google v. Oracle, kicking off the Supreme Court case that many are calling the “copyright case of the decade.” The …
By Michael Shore
4 days ago 32

WIPO and U.S. Copyright Office Team Up to Talk Copyright in the Age of AI

Earlier this month, the U.S. Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held a joint event titled, “Copyright in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” (…
By Michelle Sara King
5 days ago 2

Oracle Files Opening Brief at U.S. Supreme Court in Copyright Fight with Google

In the latest stage of the Supreme Court battle between Oracle America, Inc. (Oracle) and Google, Oracle filed its opening brief with the Court on February 12. Google’…
By Nancy Braman
8 days ago 1

Senate IP Subcommittee Kicks Off Year-Long Review of Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) this week held the first in a series of eight tentative hearings scheduled for this year on the …
By Eileen McDermott
9 days ago 6

Let the Music Play: The Performance Rights License Marketplace Thrives Only with Vigilant Antitrust Enforcement

On January 26, CBS broadcast the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, which celebrated America’s finest recording artists and songwriters. Drawing a global audience with performances by super stars …

Acting U.S. Copyright Register Maria Strong: All Eyes on Modernization

Maria Strong currently serves as the Acting Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective January 5, 2020. Strong …
By Michelle Sara King
12 days ago 0

USMCA Set To Export U.S. Copyright Law to North American Neighbors

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was passed by the U.S. Senate on January 16, 2020 and will be signed by President Trump today. The treaty, which renegotiates and …
By Ross Bagley
24 days ago 0

Protecting Creative Works After Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court finally unequivocally answered the question about whether copyright owners need to receive a Registration Certificate from the Copyright Office before …

Google v. Oracle: An Expansive Fair Use Defense Deters Investment In Original Content

Google v. Oracle America, a case pending before the United States Supreme Court, is a seemingly never-ending battle, since 2010, between two Silicon Valley behemoths. But now that …
By Sue Ghosh Stricklett
1 month ago 20

The Top Five European IP Developments of 2019—and Five to Watch for 2020

As the year winds down, IPWatchdog is running a series of articles on the top stories of 2019 and what’s ahead for the year to come. In …
By James Nurton
2 months ago 2

The Most Iconic (and Patented) Toys and Games of All Time

Since America’s earliest days, many creative and innovative toys have come through the consumer marketplace. Many have become so iconic they are now household names and …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 4

Resale of E-Books Requires Copyright Authorization, Rules CJEU

The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that supply to the public by downloading, for permanent use, of an …
By James Nurton
2 months ago 4

What Baby Yoda and T-Mobile’s Magenta Mark Can Teach Us About When to Enforce IP Rights

Deciding whether or not to enforce one’s intellectual property rights is a significant decision for any business (or individual). Litigation in general tends to be an …
By Theodore Chiacchio
2 months ago 1

Four Issues Highlighted in the Supreme Court Oral Argument on Copyrightability of Statutory Annotations

On December 2, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the matter of Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc. The issue on appeal was on whether …
By Mitchell Stein
2 months ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: Copyright Office Oversight, Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Bill and the Impacts of AI on Consumers and Labor Markets

This week in IP news in Washington, D.C., both the House of Representatives and the Senate have several hearings regarding tech and innovation topics before either …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 0