Copyright Summary Judgment

A Copyright is an exclusive legal right granted to the creator of an original work to license, copy, sell, distribute, or otherwise exploit the work for his or her own benefit.
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Rupa Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music Inc. - USDC, Central District of California, September 23, 2015

District court grants plaintiffs summary judgment, holding that defendants never acquired rights in and do not own valid copyright to lyrics of “Happy Birthday to You.” In 1893, the Hills assigned their rights to the...more

DC Comics v. Towle d/b/a Garage Gotham - USCA, Ninth Circuit, September 23, 2015

Ninth Circuit affirms that Batmobile is “character” entitled to copyright protection. In May 2011, DC Comics sued Towle in a California federal district court, alleging, among other things, causes of action for copyright...more

Copyright Protection Goes ‘To the Batmobile!’ says the Ninth Circuit

While the Caped Crusader drives around in his Batmobile protecting Gotham from its fringe, copyright law protects the Batmobile from infringers—this, according to the Ninth Circuit in DC Comics v. Towle. The Batmobile is more...more

Pow! Boff! Thwack! Batmobile Wins Copyright Litigation

It's not every day a Ninth Circuit court opinion includes, "Holy copyright law, Batman!," or “To the Batmobile!” But in affirming a district court’s ruling in a copyright infringement case by DC Comics against the maker of...more

Ninth Circuit: Copyright Holders Must Consider Fair Use Before Sending DMCA Takedown Notices

The Ninth Circuit held last week in Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. (the “dancing baby” case) that a copyright holder must consider fair use before sending a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)....more

The Best Allegation in a Lawsuit

And the award for Best Allegation in a Lawsuit goes to … Overton v. Anheuser-Busch Company....more

Ninth Circuit Says Think Twice Before Sending That Takedown Notice Under DMCA: Be Sure You Have a Good Faith Belief It’s Not Fair...

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requires copyright holders to consider fair use before sending a takedown notification, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Lenz v. Universal Music...more

Ninth Circuit Says “Let’s Go Crazy” On Fair Use of Prince Song In YouTube Video

n Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. et al, the Ninth Circuit held that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”) requires copyright holders to consider fair use before sending a takedown notice and that the failure to do...more

“BRING IT ON!”: Sixth Circuit OKs Copyright Claims for Cheerleader Uniform’s Design

On August 19, 2015, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y” for the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of cheerleader uniforms in its copyright infringement lawsuit against another cheerleading gear...more

It’s Illegal to Sing Happy Birthday?

Some years ago, Aaron Sorkin (bar none the greatest television writer of all time) spent a few minutes of an episode of Sports Night making light of the fact that the song “Happy Birthday” is outside the public domain....more

New Old Music Group, Inc. v. Gottwald - USDC, S.D. New York, August 7, 2015

New Old Music Group sued Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke) and others for copyright infringement of the song “Zimba Ku,” written by New Old’s president Lenny Lee Goldsmith and recorded by the band Black Heat in 1975. At issue was...more

No Copyright in Individual Contributions to a Film - 16 Casa Duse, LLC v. Merkin

Citing the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit’s recent en banc decision in Garcia v. Google (IP Update, Vol. 18, No. 6), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling that...more

June Court Decision Round-Up

JDS Technologies, Inc. v. Avigilon USA Corp., Case No. 15-10385, 2015 WL 3603525 (E.D. Mich. June 5, 2015) - U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn denied Avigilon’s motion to dismiss for failing to adequately plead allegations...more

May Court Decision Round-Up

Nedschroef Detroit Corp. v. Bemas Ents. LLC, Case No. 14-10095, 2015 WL 2453511 (E.D. Mich. May 22, 2015). U.S. District Judge Linda V. Parker granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiff Nedschroef Detroit Corp...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules District Court Did Not See The Forest For The Trees When It Came To Copyright Protectability Of Laminate...

This past Wednesday, April 29, the Eleventh Circuit reversed and remanded an underlying grant of summary judgment by the Northern District of Georgia that invalidated a copyright in a laminate wood flooring design. In Home...more

Wilson v. The Walt Disney Company - USDC, N.D. California, April 16, 2015

In copyright infringement action concerning trailer for Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen court denied both parties’ motions for summary judgment, finding that plaintiff established genuine factual dispute as to Disney’s...more

Latele TV, C.A. v. Telemundo Communications Group, LLC - USDC, S.D. Florida, February 11, 2015

District court declines to decide substantial similarity issue at summary judgment stage, deferring to jury question of whether similarities between the parties’ telenovelas were numerous and significant enough to constitute...more

DISH Network Wins Multiple Victories in High-Profile Copyright Infringement Matter

After more than two years of legal battles, a California federal judge found that Analysis Group client DISH Network’s (DISH) innovative Hopper set-top box and DVR does not infringe the copyrights of Fox Broadcasting...more

Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC - USDC, C.D. California, January 12, 2015

Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC - USDC, C.D. California, January 12, 2015 - District court grants in part and denies in part cross-motions for summary judgment, finding that Supreme Court’s recent Aereo...more

Olem Shoe Corp. v. Washington Shoe Corp. - USCA, Eleventh Circuit, January 12, 2015

Eleventh Circuit affirms district court’s summary judgment rulings finding that Olem infringed Washington Shoe’s copyrights in women’s rain boot designs, but did not do so with actual knowledge or reckless disregard. ...more

Transformative Use in the Seventh Circuit

Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment based on fair use, but cited different grounds than the district court and...more

Briggs v. Blomkamp - USDC, N.D. Cal., October 3, 2014

Briggs v. Blomkamp - USDC, N.D. Cal., October 3, 2014 : District court grants summary judgment for screenwriter and film companies in copyright infringement case, finding that plaintiff author lacked any evidence of...more

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - U.S.D.C., C.D. California, September 22, 2014

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - U.S.D.C., C.D. California, September 22, 2014 : District court grants partial summary judgment in favor of plaintiff on copyright claims against Sirius XM Radio, holding that...more

Google Wins Summary Judgment in Books Case - Full Copying to Make Search Snippets Available to End-Users Held Fair Use

Round one of the long-fought Google Books case has ended in a summary judgment victory for defendant Google. The Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York held yesterday that Google’s copying, use,...more

June 2013: Entertainment Litigation Update

California Appeals Court Decides for Defendants in Idea Theft Case. - While idea theft claims continue to proliferate in Hollywood, a recent decision from the California Court of Appeal bolsters defendants’ chances...more

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