D.C. - The constitutionality of Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act
(URAA), which restores copyrights in foreign works formerly within the United
States' public domain, will soon be debated before the U.S. Supreme Court,
which granted certiorari yesterday
morning ( Lawrence...
By Jonathan Zavin of Loeb & Loeb LLP
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copyright infringement action, court grants defendants' motion to dismiss,
concluding that no reasonable jury could find that defendants' musical is
substantially similar to plaintiff's film...
Wednesday, Fritz Joseph Orzelek filed a complaint against Eric Holder,
challenging the Copyright law as a restriction upon transferring rights to the
public domain. According to Mr. Orzelek,
releasing his musical composition into the public domain "may not be possible due
to the inherent...
On Tuesday, the
Eighth Circuit issued a copyright opinion addressing character rights, public
domain images, and works (two-dimensional, three-dimensional and composites) composed of public domain materials. In Warner Bros. Entm't v. X One X Prods .,
2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 13646 (8th Cir. Mo. July...
When does a
still image -- or a series of such images -- embody a "character" for
purposes of copyright law? In Warner
Bros. Entertainment, Inc. v. X One X Prods ., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 13646
(8th Cir. July 5, 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version...
The Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether
Congress violated the Constitution when it restored copyrights in certain
foreign works that had entered the public domain in the US. If the Court holds
that it was unconstitutional, the copyright owners will be stripped of their
D.C. - (Mealey's) Formerly copyrighted works or never copyrighted works that
have fallen into the public domain become the property of the public, a
Stanford University professor told the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ( Lawrence
Golan, et al. v. Eric H. Holder Jr., et al. , No. 10...
Recently, Duke University's Center
for the Study of the Public Domain posted an article on works published in 1955 that would have entered 2012's public
domain but for the 1976 Copyright Act (effective 1978). Some of the works
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King
WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Congress
did not exceed its authority in enacting Section 514 of the Uruguay Round
Agreements Act (URAA), which extended protection to foreign works that would
otherwise fall into the public domain, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled today
( Lawrence Golan, et al...
In Golan v. Holder [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ],
the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of 17 U.S.C. § 104A , which restores the copyright in certain
foreign works that have entered the public domain in the US. The Court avoided
a possible conflict with international...
The world's greatest detective could be yours free of
licensing fees as a recent complaint seeks to establish the boundaries of Sherlock
Holmes' entry into the public domain.
Yesterday, Leslie S. Klinger, the author and editor of
multiple Sherlock Holmes' articles and books, filed a...