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Copyright Infringement

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This. Intellectual Property Tips for the Esports Industry - With the annual Game Developers Conference spectacular in our rearview mirror, and the NBA’s partnership with Take-Two to...more

Transformative Use or Infringement

In Cariou v. Prince, 714 F3d 694 [106 USPQ2d 1497] (2d Cir. 2013), the Second Circuit said that a use of a copyrighted work need not comment on the original artist or work, or on popular culture, in order to constitute...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Incontinence Products Spill Over into Fashion?

On March 21, 2017 the Supreme Court issued a monumental holding removing the availability of laches as a defense in a claim for damages under patent infringement. The case changes decades of legal precedent, and adopts...more

Auction House Accused of Scraping Competitor’s Web Listings

Screen scraping is a problem that has vexed website owners since the early days of e-commerce – how to make valuable content available to users and customers, but prevent competitors from accessing such content for commercial...more

Blizzard v. Bossland: Game Over for Video Game Botting?

I’m a rules follower. Going back to the days of the Game Genie—a device that allowed gamers to play Super Mario Bros. with infinite lives or the Legend of Zelda with infinite bombs—I have always preferred the satisfaction of...more

Oh Yes They Did! - Ninth Circuit Holds that Use of Moderators May Impact DMCA Safe Harbor Shield

by Bryan Cave on

In Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., No. 14-56596 (9th Cir. 2017) the Ninth Circuit held that the use of moderators by social media website LiveJournal created a question of fact as to whether the Digital...more

Car Ad Websites Slightly “Scraped” in Copyright Case, Court Puts Brakes on Statutory Damages Minimums

On April 6, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Court) provided insight into how courts will approach the scraping of websites and assessing statutory damages for copyright infringement in Trader v. CarGurus. The...more

Tick Tock - Website Owners Face Deadline to Preserve Liability Safe Harbor

All owners of websites accessible in the United States need to be aware of new rules that directly control a website owner’s potential liability for copyright infringement. On December 1, 2016, the United States Copyright...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Website Can Lose DMCA Safe Harbor by Using Moderators

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an online provider may become ineligible for the safe harbor provided by Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if its moderators help select...more

Supreme Court Announces Broad Separability Test in Applying Copyright Law to Useful Articles

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

This article continues the discussion in an earlier article addressing the scope of copyright protection as it applies to useful goods under copyright law. At the time the first article was written, Varsity Brands, Inc. v....more

Supreme Court Says ‘Give Me a ©’ to the Fashion Industry

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

A recent U.S. Supreme Court copyright decision analyzing cheerleader uniforms may have a profound impact on retailers, and on the fashion industry in particular. On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court held in Star Athletica,...more

Court Finds Copyright DJ Action against Music Rights Holder Slightly Out of Tune

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Does a demand letter from a music rights holder that alleges “millions of instances of infringement” create a case in controversy with the recipient? You may be inclined to answer with an emphatic “of course!”...more

Craigslist Garners $60 Million Judgment against Radpad in Scraping Dispute

For years, craigslist has aggressively used technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes....more

U.S. District Court Finds FIFRA Precludes Copyright Protection for the Required Elements of Pesticid

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

In a two-page order issued on April 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina granted in part a motion for summary judgment filed by “me-too” registrants, Willowood, LLC, Willowood USA, LLC,...more

Social Links: Burger King ad triggers Google Assistant devices; suits allege infringement of copyrights in content posted to...

Without Google’s permission, Burger King ended one of its television commercials with a statement designed to automatically cause Google Assistant devices to read a list of the Whopper’s ingredients out loud. Having passed...more

“Begun, the Clone War Has”

Hot on the “heels” of the Supreme Court’s decision in Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., (2:17-cv-02523) PUMA SE has sued Forever 21 in the Central District of California for, among other things, copyright...more

Separating Art from Function: Supreme Court Creates Copyright Test for Designs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a landmark 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved "widespread disagreement" among lower courts and held that the artistic elements in a functional article ­– such as the cheerleading uniform at issue in this case –...more

“Charging Bull” Sculptor Articulates VARA Complaint, But “Fearless Girl” Still Standing Firm

by Sullivan & Worcester on

After a recent discussion about whether the new Fearless Girl sculpture by Kristen Visbal in Lower Manhattan might implicate the copyright of the earlier Charging Bull sculpture that has been there for nearly three decades,...more

Three Point Shot - April 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Premier League Takes the Pitch in Fight against Pirated Streams - The United Kingdom's most popular soccer league is using skillful legal tackling to maintain possession of its intellectual property. The Football...more

Yes—Copying Photographs from the Internet Can Get You into Trouble

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Although it happens all the time, reproducing photographs found on the internet for use in business is fraught with risk. Businesses should only copy images where there is clear permission to use them—or face a substantial...more

Litigation Alert: “Oh No They Didn’t!” – Ninth Circuit Throws DMCA Safe Harbors for Moderated Content into Disarray

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit handed down its latest decision on the scope of the optional safe harbor for web hosting services under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The April 7 decision in...more

First judicial consideration of information location tool under the Copyright Act– Trader Corporation v. CarGurus Inc.

by Dentons on

On April 6, 2017, the words "information location tool", as they appear in s. 41.27 of the Copyright Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-42 (the Act), were given their first judicial interpretation. S. 41.27(1) provides that a copyright...more

Protecting Your Copyright Is Both Easier and Harder Than You Think

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

One of the ironies in the business world is that the foresight and planning that goes into a creative work is often left behind when it comes to the subsequent protection of these efforts. Copyright protection is a concept...more

Cheerleader Uniform Designs Protectable Under Copyright Act

The Supreme Court recently held in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., that the designs on certain cheerleader uniforms may be protected copyrights. The 6-2 decision clarified the test to be applied when...more

Downloading Pirated Software Without Installing It May Constitute Infringement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the de minimis requirement of copyright infringement and the ownership of a software program’s output, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined that downloading pirated software was not a de minimis...more

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