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Stock Photo Agency Need Not List All Photographs in Its Compilation

Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pub. Co. - Joining with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a stock photo agency is the valid...more

First Circuit Stays on the Fence Regarding Application Versus Registration Approach

Alicea v. Machete Music - Once again failing to choose a side in the application versus registration approach, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the district court’s finding that plaintiffs failed...more

Copyright Office Fees

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a Final Rule that establishes new fees for certain of its services. The new fee schedule is effective as of May 1, 2014 and available here. The fees were last updated in...more

IPO Guidance on Copyright Reforms

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published guidance for copyright owners and consumers which outlines certain changes to current copyright law due to come into force on 1 June 2014....more

Psihoyos v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Psihoyos v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. - USCA Second Circuit, April 4, 2014: Second Circuit adopts “discovery rule” for accrual of copyright infringement claims, affirms dismissal of infringement claims with respect to...more

U.S. Copyright Office Calls For Public Comment on Music Licensing

As part of a concerted effort to assess the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music, the US Copyright Office has published a request in the Federal Register for public comment on a number of copyright issues....more

Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. - USCA Ninth Circuit, March 18, 2014

Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. - USCA Ninth Circuit, March 18, 2014: Ninth Circuit holds that copyright registration of database of stock photography successfully registered component...more

Copyright Office to Study Music Licensing

The United States Copyright Office has announced the initiation of a study of the effectiveness of existing methods of music licensing. Three types of licenses were mentioned in the announcement: (1) compulsory licenses for...more

Are You There, Copyright Office? It’s Me, First Circuit! Can Composers Deposit Infringing Musical Works In Place of The Original?

Copyright law usually has little patience for plaintiffs who don’t have a copy of their original work to deposit with the Copyright Office. For example, in Seiler v. Lucasfilm, a plaintiff who claimed to have created the...more

“Please Sir, I Want Some More” Rules: U.S. Copyright Office Considers “Orphan” Works Legislation

The U.S. Copyright Office has called for public comment on potential legislative solutions to the problem of orphan works under U.S. Copyright law....more

No Claim Is Too Small: Copyright Office Proposes Small Claims Tribunal

The U.S. Copyright Office has proposed legislation that would enable copyright owners to enforce their rights in a streamlined alternative to federal court litigation designed for smaller-value claims. ...more

Copyright Litigation Update: Copyright Register Has “Right to Weigh in” Before Registration Is Invalidated

Earlier this month, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s decision invalidating a copyright registration, in spite of its agreement with the lower court’s factual finding that the copyright registrant...more

Copyright Office Recommends New Administrative Tribunal for Small Claims

Enforcing copyrights in the Federal Courts can be both expensive and complicated, so much so that many feel copyright law Is virtually unenforceable except by large corporations. Filing a copyright claim for anything under...more

IP 101 – 10 Things to Know About Copyrights

1. What is a copyright? Copyright protection exists in any original “expression” of an idea that is fixed in any physical medium, such as paper, digital media, or film. Copyrights cover such diverse things as art,...more

What Do Yoga Poses and Big Data Have in Common?

The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a policy statement clarifying its approach to examining registrations of compilations, including claims for the selection and arrangement of independently uncopyrightable subject...more

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