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Supreme Court Hears Copyright Dispute Over First-Sale Doctrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The reach of the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine, codified at 17 U.S. Code Section 109(a), was debated Nov. 8 by an eight-member panel of the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute over watches lawfully manufactured abroad and sold domestically by a wholesale warehouse chain ( Costco...

Supreme Court Issues Split Ruling In Fair Use Copyright Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 13 allowed to stand a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine does not apply to goods lawfully manufactured abroad and then sold domestically ( Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S...

Settlement Rejected In Google Library Project Copyright Case

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A federal judge on March 22 refused to endorse a proposed settlement of copyright infringement allegations surrounding the Google Library Project (GLP) ( Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc. , No. 05-Civ-8136, S.D. N.Y.). According to Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who continues...

8th Circuit Reinstates $222,000 Statutory Damages Against File Sharer

ST. PAUL, Minn. - (Mealey's) Determining that a jury award of $222,000 from almost five years ago was constitutional, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 11 reinstated the award in favor of a group of six plaintiff record labels against a Minnesota woman accused of online file...

Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Foreign Copyrights, Domestic Resale

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) After a 4-4 split on the issue just two years ago in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S.A . ( 131 S. Ct. 565 [2010]) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 29 heard oral arguments in a case that poses the question...

Supreme Court Reverses, Says First Sale Doctrine Applies In Copyright Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A student accused of copyright infringement prevailed March 19 at the U.S. Supreme Court, which held in a divided ruling that the first sale doctrine applies to lawfully made works manufactured abroad and imported to the United States ( Supap Kirtsaeng d/b/a BlueChristine99...

Supreme Court Vacates, Remands in Dispute over Textbook Copyrights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Citing its ruling last week in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (568 U.S. ___ [2013] (lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and the opinion for this case) ), the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 granted certiorari in another dispute over copyrighted...

Star Trek Fan Film Boldly Going Before a Jury

On January 3, 2017, Judge R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a ruling in a copyright infringement case regarding the science fiction franchise Star Trek . The plaintiffs, Paramount Pictures Corporation and CBS Studios, Inc., which own the...