IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update For Motion Picture Studios And Television Networks - April 27, 2011


Table of Contents:

• Latin American Music Co. v. ASCAP

• Brand v. RMM

Latin American Music Co. v. ASCAP, USCA First Circuit, April 21, 2011

• First Circuit affirms award of attorney’s fees to defendant in copyright infringement action, rejecting plaintiff’s argument that attorney’s fees are not appropriate because plaintiff’s copyright was not timely registered, and finding that plaintiff’s claim was “objectively weak.”

Brand v. RMM, USDC S.D. New York, April 18, 2011

• Court grants defendant’s motion for summary judgment, finding that plaintiff’s copyright infringement claim seeking a share of profits for his contributions to a rap song was an ownership claim, which was time-barred because plaintiff failed to bring it within three years of the song’s release.

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