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Defend Trade Secrets Act: A New Era in Intellectual Property Protection

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 ("DTSA"), creating a federal private civil action for the misappropriation of trade secrets. The DTSA does not preempt state law but provides an...more

Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Aereo and the Public Performance Right

On June 25, 2014, the US Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Second Circuit and held that Aereo publicly performs copyrighted television programming. The case has important implications for the public performance right...more

US Supreme Court Eliminates Laches Defense in Virtually All Copyright Infringement Claims

In Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the US Supreme Court resolved a circuit split and ruled that the equitable defense of laches does not bar a plaintiff’s claim for damages brought within the Copyright Act’s three-year...more

Second Circuit Adopts Plaintiff-Friendly "Discovery Rule" for Copyright Infringement Claims

The Second Circuit has ruled in Psihoyos v. Wiley & Sons that the "discovery rule" determines when the statute of limitations begins to run in copyright infringement claims.[1] In doing so, the court adopted a rule that may...more

The Garcia v. Google Controversy and What It Means for Content Owners and Users

Copyright law generates plenty of discussion these days, but few copyright decisions have been as controversial as the Ninth Circuit's recent opinion in Garcia v. Google. The court's ruling – that a film actor owns an...more

Distributing Earnings Call Information to the Public Is Fair Use

In Swatch Group Management Services Ltd. v. Bloomberg L.P., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the unauthorized distribution of a recording and transcript of a company’s earnings call was allowed as copyright fair...more

State court ruling creates new uncertainty for DMCA safe harbors

A New York state court has ruled that a DMCA safe harbor does not protect internet services from claims they infringe pre-1972 sound recordings. The decision, UMG Recordings v. Escape Media Group, creates new uncertainty and...more

Supreme Court Interprets Copyright "First Sale" Doctrine

Introduction - On March 19, 2013, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., holding that the copyright "first sale" doctrine applies to copies of works manufactured...more

Supreme Court Applies “First Sale” Doctrine to Foreign-Made Copyrighted Goods

The Supreme Court ruled in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. that copyright law does not prohibit the unauthorized importation and sale of copyrighted goods manufactured outside the United States. This decision, which...more

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