Browne v. McCain

Order Re Senator McCain’s Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim

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The court in Browne v. McCain denied McCain's and The Republican National Committee's motion for summary judgment requesting a dismissal of the copyright infringement case brought by songwriter Jackson Browne. The court will also allow Browne's causes of action for Common Law Right of Publicity, Vicarious Copyright Infringement, and Violation of the Lanham Act to move forward.

The Court stated "Plaintiff needs to show a mere possibility of success on his claim" and that the defendant "has not shown that political expression's broad First Amendment protection bars, as a matter of law, all actions based on allegedly improper use of a person's identity in campaign-related materials."

The Court dismissed all claims against the Ohio Republican Party, also named in the suit, for lack of personal jurisdiction.

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Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 9th Circuit, California | United States


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