Mealey's Copyright

  • May 13, 2021

    Louisiana Federal Judge Won’t Reconsider Prior Ruling In Copyright Row

    NEW ORLEANS — A recent decision granting a motion in limine to exclude reference at trial to revenues or expenses generated overseas by several copyright infringement defendants, including Universal Studios LLC, won’t be revisited, a federal judge in Louisiana ruled May 7.

  • May 12, 2021

    Arizona Federal Magistrate Judge Tosses Copyright Dispute Over Manuscript

    PHOENIX — Twelve stories in a manuscript about frontiersman Jim Hathaway are not substantially similar to “Crossers:  A Novel,” a fictional book about life along the Mexican border, a federal magistrate judge in Arizona ruled May 10.

  • May 07, 2021

    Following Bench Trial In ‘Cathy’s Clown’ Copyright Row, Plaintiff Prevails

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a May 4 holding, a federal judge in Tennessee ruled that Isaac “Don” Everly “plainly and expressly” repudiated his brother Phil Everly’s status as a co-author of the song “Cathy’s Clown” more than three years before Phil Everly’s successors sought a declaration of co-authorship.

  • May 04, 2021

    Patent Claim Tossed, But Copyright, Trademark Claims Survive In New York

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The owners of two businesses associated with the “Mighty Bliss” massage device won dismissal of direct patent infringement allegations on April 29, but in the same ruling, a New York federal judge found that a related claim that the duo violated copyrights and trademarks will proceed.

  • May 04, 2021

    TRO Entered In Trade Dress, Copyright Dispute Over Plushies

    LOS ANGELES — A federal judge in California on April 29 granted an ex parte motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO), barring various defendants from manufacturing or selling a knockoff reversible octopus plushie.

  • April 30, 2021

    Amazon Sued For Selling Items Bearing Copyrighted ‘Whatever Forever’ Design

    NEW YORK — Inc. was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York federal court on April 28 by a California woman who claims that the online retailer sold goods bearing a design that is almost identical to her “Whatever Forever” design that she has featured on various items for years.

  • April 30, 2021

    Amici Side With Katy Perry In Copyright Suit; Rapper Files CDs In 9th Circuit

    SAN FRANCISCO — A few days after amici curiae supporting pop star Katy Perry in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed paper copies of their briefs in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a rapper and his collaborators who initiated the copyright infringement suit filed audio CDs containing the allegedly infringed work on April 27 at the appeals court’s direction.

  • April 26, 2021

    YouTube Opposes Musician’s ‘Breathtakingly Overbroad’ Discovery Requests

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a lawsuit over YouTube LLC’s refusal to let a songwriter use a copyright infringement tool, the video platform operator on April 21 filed a brief objecting to the plaintiff’s discovery requests that it says seek vast amounts of irrelevant information about millions of other users’ acts of infringement that are not germane to the claims in the present case.

  • April 26, 2021

    7th Circuit Strikes Down Appeal By ‘Copyright Troll’

    CHICAGO — The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 23 declined a copyright owner’s call to overrule existing precedent on the doctrines of merger and scènes à faire, clarifying that in cases where a copyright provides only thin protection, an infringement claim “may move forward only if the plaintiff’s copyrighted design and the allegedly infringing design are virtually identical.”

  • April 23, 2021

    Copyright Claims By Firms For Eminem Partially Dismissed

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Allegations by the copyright management firms for rapper Marshall Mathers, who performs as Eminem, that a music licensing agency vicariously infringed by making Eminem’s works available on a music streaming service without first obtaining a valid license were dismissed April 22 by a federal judge in Tennessee.

  • April 23, 2021

    Despite ‘Close’ Question, Illinois Federal Judge Won’t Dismiss Copyright Case

    CHICAGO — A federal judge in Illinois on April 21 found that although allegations of copyright infringement leveled over forwarded emails present a “close question,” the dispute should nonetheless proceed.

  • April 16, 2021

    2nd Circuit Confirms Hearing Date In Fair Use Suit With Amazon, Apple, Netflix

    NEW YORK — A May 5 hearing date was acknowledged on April 14 by the parties in a copyright infringement appeal, in which Netflix Inc., Apple Inc. and Inc. ask the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to affirm a trial court’s finding that the inclusion of an eight-second clip of a children’s song in a burlesque documentary that the three companies streamed constituted fair use.

  • April 16, 2021

    $100 Daily Sanction Imposed In ‘Hendrix’ Copyright, Trademark Row

    NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York on April 1 ordered the brother of the late, legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix to pay $100 per day as a penalty for continued noncompliance with court orders stemming from a copyright and trademark dispute.

  • April 15, 2021

    Nevada Federal Judge Won’t Reconsider Fee Award In Copyright Row

    LAS VEGAS — In an April 12 ruling, a federal judge in Nevada stood by his recent decision to award a copyright infringement defendant $193,398.70 in attorney fees, deeming the plaintiff’s claims objectively unreasonable.

  • April 14, 2021

    Copyright Claims Over Retracted Article Dismissed In New York

    NEW YORK — Allegations by the author of a copyrighted article about possible extraterrestrial life on Venus that an academic journal infringed when it initially refused to remove the article from the journal’s website were dismissed April 12 by a federal judge in New York.

  • April 13, 2021

    In Dispute Over Copyrighted Brochure, Dismissal Affirmed

    BOSTON — The First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 12 upheld a Massachusetts federal judge’s decision to dismiss allegations of copyright infringement leveled by the creator of a brochure against her former client.

  • April 13, 2021

    ISP Seeks RIAA’s Investigation Documents In Infringement Suit Over File Sharing

    DENVER — An internet service provider (ISP) that has been accused of secondary copyright infringement over its subscribers’ file-sharing activities filed a motion in Colorado federal court on April 9, seeking to compel the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to produce communications with an investigations firm it hired on behalf of the plaintiff record labels to uncover evidence of infringement.

  • April 07, 2021

    Declaratory Counterclaims Won’t Be Dismissed In Copyright, Trademark Row

    NEW YORK — A request by two defendants for a declaration that they did not infringe the “Slap Chop” trademark or copyrighted product packaging with the sale of various food preparation products will proceed, a New York federal judge ruled April 5.

  • April 06, 2021

    2nd Circuit Affirms That Museum Display Of Photograph Was Fair Use

    NEW YORK — Display by the Metropolitan Museum of Art of a photograph of the late guitarist Eddie Van Halen playing his “Frankenstein” guitar was not actionable copyright infringement because the museum’s display “transformed the Photo by foregrounding the instrument rather than the performer,” the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said April 2.

  • April 05, 2021

    High Court Sides With Google In Longstanding Java Copyright Case

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a 6-2 divided opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 5 ruled that a decision by Google LLC to take “only what was needed” when copying code from the Java application programming interface (API) in order to “allow users to put their accrued talents to work in a new and transformative program” qualified as a fair use, rendering any infringement by the software giant nonactionable.