IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update For Motion Picture Studios And Television Networks - March 30, 2011


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• Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. American Buddha

• Castorina v. Spike Cable Networks, Inc.

• Beatty v. Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. American Buddha, New York Court of Appeals, March 24, 2011

• New York’s highest court, answering a certified question from the Second Circuit, holds that in a copyright infringement action where a copyrighted literary work is uploaded to the Internet, for purposes of determining jurisdiction under New York’s long-arm statute, the situs of the injury is the copyright holder’s principal place of business.

Castorina v. Spike Cable Networks, Inc., USDC E.D. New York, March 24, 2011

• Court grants defendants’ motion to dismiss copyright infringement claim, finding that plaintiffs’ treatment for a sports-themed reality television show is not substantially similar to defendants’ sports-themed reality television show called Pros vs. Joes.

Beatty v. Tribune Media Services, Inc., USDC C.D. California, March 24, 2011

• In a declaratory action seeking a determination of the rights to the Dick Tracy character, the court grants plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, concluding that plaintiff satisfied the requirements of the parties’ agreement for retaining the rights to the Dick Tracy character.

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