WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge in the District of Columbia did not err in dismissing allegations of copyright infringement leveled against Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and NBC Universal Pictures, the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Feb. 5 in a dispute in which a pro se plaintiff sought “$1 Quadrillion” in damages.
CINCINNATI — A decision by a nonprofit trade association to license and potentially transfer its intellectual property to a web standards organization does not violate the copyrights of its independent contributors, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 5.
SAN FRANCISCO — Princeton University and Facebook Inc. on Feb. 2 filed a motion to dismiss copyright infringement claims brought by a Lithuanian company over a collection of its three-dimensional scenes and objects, telling a California federal court that the twice-dismissed claims merit yet another dismissal because the plaintiff has not yet registered his works with the U.S. Copyright Office.
SAN FRANCISCO — Although upholding a California federal judge’s finding that a fabric design was independently created and thus entitled to broad copyright protection, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 2 disagreed with the judge that the copyright owner is entitled to multiple awards of statutory damages from defendants that willfully infringed the work.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 25 found that a California federal judge abused his discretion when dismissing as time-barred allegations that an online women’s magazine infringed a copyrighted photograph of two Hollywood stars.
SEATTLE — Allegations that Amazon.com Inc. and Amazon Digital Services LLC infringed musical composition copyrights by “making available” pirated copies online were dismissed Jan. 25 by a federal judge in Washington.
BOSTON — A federal judge in Massachusetts on Jan. 21 found that the moderator of a social networking website did not incur liability for copyright infringement when moving the group, and all existing posts and comments, to a new web location to avoid Russian censorship.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — One of two plaintiffs suing YouTube LLC for purportedly denying them access to a copyright anti-infringement tool that larger entities are permitted to use asks a California federal court tn a Jan. 14 reply brief to dismiss YouTube’s counterclaims against it, arguing that the counterclaims lack specificity and supporting facts.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its Jan. 11 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court turned away a petition for certiorari that poses the question of whether U.S. courts can enforce monetary judgments against foreign companies under the All Writs Act (AWA) in a dispute involving copyrighted software.
NEW YORK — In a Jan. 11 holding, a federal judge in New York agreed with the owner of the musical compositions and sound recordings of the late Jimi Hendrix that Leon Hendrix, brother of the legendary guitarist, has violated permanent injunctions covering various Jimi Hendrix-related copyrights and trademarks.
DENVER — An internet service provider (ISP) has not established a sufficient need for an investigator’s “hash report” to overcome its protections as privileged work product, a Colorado federal magistrate judge ruled Jan. 7, denying a motion to compel by Charter Communications Inc. as it defends itself from vicarious copyright infringement claims brought by a group of record labels.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The owner of two Russian-based stream-ripping websites lost his bid to challenge Virginia jurisdiction on Jan. 11, when the U.S. Supreme Court denied his petition for certiorari in a copyright infringement suit filed by a group of record labels.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Allegations that The Walt Disney Co. infringed a group of characters called “Moodsters” in making the film “Inside Out” will not be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied a petition for certiorari in the case on Jan. 11.
NEW YORK — A lawsuit alleging that “Girl 6,” a song by the late artist Prince, which was dismissed in March 2017, precludes a lawsuit filed in February 2019 by the same plaintiff against some of the same defendants, and involving the same musical works, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 28.
PHILADELPHIA — In a ruling issued Dec. 24, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a New Jersey federal judge’s determination that the three-year statute of limitations for copyright infringement is tolled from the date of injury.
SAN FRANCISCO — A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 24 agreed with a federal judge in California that a Texas man cannot face copyright infringement claims in California because personal jurisdiction over him is lacking there.
SAN FRANCISCO — A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 18 reversed a California federal judge’s finding that a book that combines the works of Dr. Seuss with the Star Trek science fiction series qualifies as a fair use under Section 107 of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 107.
SAN DIEGO — A federal judge in California on Dec. 22 stayed an insurer’s lawsuit disputing coverage for an underlying copyright infringement and trade secret appropriation action, finding that the three factors in Landis v. N. Am. Co. weigh in favor of a stay pending resolution of the underlying action.
SAN FRANCISCO — In a Dec. 16 holding, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found no error in a California federal judge’s dismissal of copyright and trade dress infringement allegations levied in connection with decorative wood products (Crafty Productions Inc. v. Fuqing Sanxing Crafts Co. Ltd., et al., No. 20-55010, 9th Cir., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 39494).
GREENVILLE, Tenn. — Allegations of copyright infringement leveled against a news organization were rejected Dec. 14 by a federal judge in Tennessee, who found that the defendant’s use of a photograph taken by a drone and distributed at a public meeting qualifies as a fair use (Brian Castle v. Kingsport Publishing Company, No. 19-92, E.D. Tenn., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 233919).