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Second Circuit Finds That, Once Again, Book Scanning Is Fair Use

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has delivered a resounding reaffirmation of fair use principles in the latest decision to go against the Authors Guild in its longstanding battle against book digitization.  The unanimous opinion of the three-judge panel in Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, No. 12-4547-cv (2d Cir. June 10, 2014) affirmed nearly all … Continue Reading

GoldieBlox and the Three Beastie Boys

It was the ad video gone viral of three young girls proudly showing off their elaborate Rube Goldberg machine made of repurposed pink toys.  They sang “it’s time to change, we deserve to see a range” and called for girls “to code the new apps” and “to grow up knowing that they can engineer that.” … Continue Reading

Google Prevails in the Latest Chapter of the Google Books Litigation

On November 15, Judge Chin of the Southern District of New York issued a long-awaited decision  in the Google Books case, Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc.  Google Books—the project through which Google provides access to over twenty million books to the public—obtained some of its books from libraries without permission from the copyright owners.  … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Declines Opportunity to Review Test for Copyright Fair Use

After the Second Circuit ruling in Cariou v. Prince, which we wrote about on this blog here, photographer Patrick Cariou felt that the decision was too subjective, calling it an “I know it when I see it” approach for determining when a work is transformative—or, in other words, when a work that appropriates copyright material … Continue Reading

Robin Thicke, Marvin Gaye, and the Blurred Line Between Inspiration and Infringement

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines has been a pop-music juggernaut: the year’s best selling song in the United States and the UK is entering its 11th week at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.  When it was initially released many noted that it was reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s hit Got to Give It Up.  And … Continue Reading

Appropriation Art Alive and Well after Second Circuit Ruling in Cariou v. Prince

Today, the Second Circuit handed down its much anticipated decision in Cariou v. Prince regarding the legality of appropriation art by artist Richard Prince. Just over two years ago, in federal district court in New York, Judge Batts ordered that paintings by Richard Prince be destroyed.  She did so on the basis that the art, … Continue Reading

Girl Under Fire: Alicia Keys Sued for Copyright Infringement over Girl on Fire

Songwriter Earl Shuman sued Alicia Keys for allegedly “sampling” parts of the composition “Hey There Lonely Boy” (“Lonely”) that he co-wrote in 1962. According to the complaint, Keys’ recording of “Girl on Fire” (“Fire”), which is the lead single on her same-titled album, misappropriates a few notes of the composition. Shuman’s composition was recorded by … Continue Reading

Hulkamania is Running Wild: Let the Battle Begin (in Court)

Terry Bollea, better known as the professional wrestler with the stage name Hulk Hogan (“Hogan”), is involved in an unattractive legal battle that presents an unusual intersection of the First Amendment, copyright law, and privacy/publicity issues. Hogan filed two lawsuits arising out of a 2006 sexual encounter with Heather Clem (“Heather”), then the wife of … Continue Reading

Copyright Law 101: The Registration Requirement

The U.S. Copyright Act has certain formalities; one of the simplest and easiest to understand is the so-called “registration requirement.”  This is an important requirement—it governs when a copyright owner can bring a lawsuit for copyright infringement.  Section 411(a)‘s terms are clear and unambiguous: no action for may be instituted until registration has been made … Continue Reading
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