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Supreme Court Determines Internet Service Violates Copyrights
June 26, 2014

    The Supreme Court has issued its much anticipateddecision in American Broadcasting Co., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. The Court held that an internet service provided by Aereo—which allows subscribes to watch television programs over the internet contemporaneous with the programs as they are broadcasted over the air—violates of a copyright owner's exclusive right to perform a work publicly under the 1976 Co....... Read More


    Copyright 3-year Statute of Limitations Trumps Laches Defense
    May 20, 2014

      PETRELLA v. METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER, INC. Frank Petrella wrote two screenplays and one book based on the life of boxing champion Jake LaMotta. One of the screenplays, registered in 1963, identifies Patrella as the sole author, written in collaboration with LaMotta. LaMotta and Patrella assigned their rights in the screenplay, including renewal rights, to Chartoff-Winkler Productions, Inc. in 1976, who in turn sold....... Read More


      The Ongoing Battle of Copyright Protection and Pre-1972 Sound Recordings
      April 23, 2014

        Federal Copyright Law generally protects works that are fixed in a tangible medium from unauthorized use, including copying, performance, exhibition, and broadcasting. However, sound recordings from before 1972 are treated uniquely under the law—a situation that has resulted in real legal problems. When enacted, the Federal Copyright Law preempted any state rights relating to copyright protection. Howeve....... Read More


        2014 Supreme Court Cases Relating to Intellectual Property
        January 16, 2014

          On January 10, 2014 the Supreme Court agreed to review a variety of intellectual property cases in the upcoming session, including two patent cases, a copyright case, and a trademark case (including Lanham Act claim). A brief overview of these cases is provided and more detail will be available once decisions are entered by the Court. Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. (U.S., No. 12-786.) Ques....... Read More


          The Role of DVRs in Copyright Infringement
          July 26, 2013

            InFox Broadcasting v. Dish Network, Fox Broadcasting Company ("Fox") appealed a ruling by the District Court of Central District of California that Fox did not demonstrate a likelihood of success on most of its copyright infringement and breach of contract claims, and that Fox was not entitled to a preliminary injunction against Dish Network. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affi....... Read More


            New and Useful - July 8, 2013
            July 08, 2013

              · The Federal Circuit inUltramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC held that the district court erred in holding that the subject matter of U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545 ('545) is not a "process" within the language and meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 101. The Federal Circuit reversed and remanded this case stating the claims were not abstract and were patent eligible. The '545 patent claims a meth....... Read More


              New and Useful - April 5, 2013
              April 05, 2013

                · In Power Integrations, Inc. v. Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. the Federal Circuit clarified several points relating to claim construction, determinations of non-obviousness, and calculation of damages. The court confirmed that claiming a “circuit” in conjunction with a sufficiently definite structure for performing the identified function is adequate to bar means-plus-fu....... Read More


                Supreme Court Decides Foreign First Sale Doctrine
                March 28, 2013

                  The Supreme Court recentlydecided a much anticipated case, finally answering a long awaited question: Does the first sale doctrine apply to copyrighted works manufactured in other countries? According to the Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the answer to this question is yes. John Wiley & Sons sued Supap Kirtsaeng for selling textbooks on eBay that he import....... Read More


                  Supreme Court hears arguments today regarding first sale doctrine and international purchases
                  November 08, 2010

                    This morning the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S.A., a case regarding the potential international scope of the first sale doctrine. Costco lawfully purchased authentic Omega watches abroad and imported them to the United States for sale in its stores. Omega sued for copyright infringement, arguing the watches bore a copyrighted design and the purchase abroad did not exh....... Read More


                    Ninth Circuit: AutoCAD purchasers are licensees, so first sale doctrine does not apply to resale
                    September 15, 2010

                      In a decision last week, the Ninth Circuit held the purchaser of a copy of AutoCAD software was not an owner of the copy, but instead a licensee. As a result, the purchaser did not have the protection of the first sale doctrine (codified in 17 U.S.C. § 109(a)) when attempting to resell the software to a third party. The declaratory judgment plaintiff was attempting to sell used copies of AutoCAD on eBay. A....... Read More


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