IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - January 20, 2012


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•Golan v. Holder

U.S. Supreme Court affirms decision of Tenth Circuit holding that federal law restoring copyright protection to foreign works previously in the public domain does not violate Copyright Clause or First Amendment free speech protections.

•Charles W. Ross Builder, Inc. v. Olsen Fine Home Bldg.

Following summary judgment in favor of defendants on plaintiff’s claims of copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) relating to plaintiff’s copyrighted residential building plans, district court grants defendants’ motion for attorneys’ fees as the prevailing party under the DMCA and denies their motion for attorneys’ fees under the Copyright Act.

•Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.

In copyright and patent infringement action involving Java and Android, district court denies in part defendant’s motion to strike plaintiff expert’s damages report, holding that calculation of actual damages for copyright infringement using lost license fee approach was not speculative.

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