LOS ANGELES — In a May 13 in-chambers order a federal judge in California ruled that a breach of contract case against Vizio Inc. belongs in California state court, where it was originally filed, rejecting Vizio’s assertion that the dispute is preempted by federal copyright law.
NEW YORK — Retailers accused by a lace company of incorporating a copyrighted lace design into their product line were denied dismissal on May 14 of allegations of copyright infringement as it relates to one dress but granted dismissal with regard to another.
SAN FRANCISCO — In a May 11 unpublished ruling, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a California federal judge’s rejection of a challenge to the copyright ownership of Antonia Basilotta, performing as Toni Basil, in various musical works.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a May 9 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said that the U.S. Court of Federal Claims must revisit a pro se plaintiff’s allegations that the federal government committed “copyright law violations” when it published his scientific work without authorization.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a May 10 holding, a federal judge in California denied a motion to remand a breach of contract and unjust enrichment case against Pixar Animation Studios, producer of the film “Onward,” to the Alameda County, Calif., Superior Court on grounds of federal copyright preemption.
NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York did not err in dismissing a declaratory judgment action involving the validity of a termination of the copyright to the hit song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” made famous by Elvis Presley, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 4 in a blow to the heirs of songwriter Hugo Peretti.
NEW YORK — In a May 2 holding, a federal judge in New York said the operator of the “XXL Mag” website is entitled to attorney fees it incurred defending copyright infringement allegations by a photographer.
PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Pennsylvania on April 29 denied a motion to dismiss by Michaels Stores Inc., finding that allegations that the craft chain is liable for trademark and copyright infringement are adequately plead.
TRENTON, N.J. — Allegations by various Internet providers that the recording industry and a digital infringement detection company engage in unfair business practices through their dissemination of copyright notices were dismissed April 29 by a federal judge in New Jersey.
NEW YORK — A trial court wrongly found that Vimeo Inc. was entitled to safe harbor under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a group of record labels argue in an April 13 brief in the second appeal to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of a long-running copyright infringement suit, maintaining that employees of the video-sharing website were aware of “red flags” that indicated that many user-posted videos infringed copyrighted songs.
TRENTON, N.J. — A federal judge in New Jersey on April 21 denied a motion for partial summary judgment by a photographer leveling claims of copyright infringement against a textbook publisher, upon finding that “a fact issue remains as to whether” the photographer had notice of the injury and whether he exercised “reasonable diligence” in pursuing his claim.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A petition for a writ of certiorari that sought clarification on the proper standard for determining substantial similarity between two musical works was denied April 25 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky federal judge on April 19 agreed that a prevailing copyright infringement defendant is entitled to reimbursement of its attorney fees but disagreed with the amount recommended by a magistrate judge.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A federal magistrate judge in New York on April 1 said Marvel Characters Inc. would be given an opportunity to amend its lawsuit against the heirs of Eugene “Gene” Colan to further contest the validity of a recent termination notice.
SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge in Texas on April 13 agreed that two real estate developers are entitled to dismissal of allegations that they distributed copyrighted renderings and floorplans with knowledge that the works were missing copyright management information.
ATLANTA — In an April 11 order, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with DISH Network that because a Florida federal judge’s memorandum following a bench trial on allegations of copyright infringement is not final, an appeal of the memorandum cannot go forward.
NEW YORK — A New York federal judge granted a request by Capitol Records LLC and others for attorney fees, in part, on April 7, ordering the operator of an online marketplace for used and recycled digital music files to reimburse the music publishers for fees incurred after a March 2013 summary judgment order, as well as 15% of the fees incurred on appeal to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA) and Intel Corp. contributed, respectively, to two amicus curiae briefs filed April 4 and 6 in support of the U.S. Department of Justice and other governmental parties in the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals, arguing that the prohibition on circumventing technological protection measures (TPMs) by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) serves to protect copyrighted, expressive works without violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
SAN FRANCISCO — In an April 7 unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said a California federal judge correctly determined that the CW Network show “All American” is not substantially similar to an appellant’s films and web series.
LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge on April 6 granted a motion to dismiss without leave to amend a lawsuit filed by a former member of The Beach Boys who accused two music companies of fraud and violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) on behalf of a putative class that was allegedly deprived of digital streaming royalties from foreign markets.