IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update For Motion Picture Studios And Television Networks - April 13, 2011

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• Arista Records LLC v. Lime Group LLC

• Bean v. Pearson Education, Inc.

Arista Records LLC v. Lime Group LLC, USDC S.D. New York, March 29, 2011

• In copyright infringement litigation against peer-to-peer network, court awards partial summary judgment to plaintiffs on the copyright ownership of the infringed sound recordings where plaintiffs evidenced a valid chain of title, and partial summary judgment to plaintiffs on direct infringement where the same type of electronic evidence held to be sufficient for the summary judgment of secondary liability was presented.

Bean v. Pearson Education, Inc., USDC D. Arizona, March 28, 2011

• Court denies plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction in copyright infringement action, holding that plaintiffs failed to establish irreparable harm.

Plaintiffs are professional photographers who licensed their copyrighted works to defendant, a publisher of textbooks and other educational material, alleging that defendant exceeded the scope of the licenses by using the works in more copies of books and materials than the licenses allowed. Plaintiffs sought a preliminary injunction to halt distribution of the defendant’s textbooks and other materials. The court, citing eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, LLC, noted that the Supreme Court has made clear that an injunction does not automatically follow a determination that a copyright has been infringed.

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