Tag Archives: Copyright Act

Dish Network Scores Early Victory in Copyright Litigation

BY: Michael Kolcun | August 6, 2019

After filing a number of lawsuits, Dish’s effort to combat the piracy of its satellite TV programming is starting to pay off. Just days ago, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts issued a permanent injunction and awarded Dish $400,000 from a Massachusetts man who was intercepting its broadcasts. As the federal court … Continue reading

Stairway Opens for a Rehearing

BY: Carly Kessler | June 18, 2019

“There’s still time to change the road you’re on,” Led Zeppelin says, hoping a 2016 jury verdict in its favor will be reinstated. On June 10, an 11-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit announced that it would rehear a copyright appeal alleging Led Zeppelin plagiarized the intro of its seminal 1971 hit, “Stairway to Heaven.” … Continue reading

ReDigi Wants a Re-Do at the High Court

BY: Carly Kessler | May 22, 2019

ReDigi, an online platform that allows users to buy and sell pre-owned digital content directly from other consumers, is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling finding that its services were not protected by the Copyright Act’s first sale and fair use doctrines. Have you ever sold old or unworn clothes? Think of ReDigi … Continue reading

SCOTUS Unanimously Holds Copyright Owners Must Obtain Registration Before Filing Suit

BY: Michael Kolcun | March 6, 2019

The Supreme Court has finally resolved the application v. registration debate by holding the Copyright Act obligates an owner to obtain a registration for their work before filing an infringement action. As reported here, Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com thrust the Eleventh Circuit into a dispute that has split numerous Circuits:  whether the … Continue reading

“Let’s Get It On” to a Jury – Ed Sheeran Goes to Trial

BY: Carly Kessler | January 11, 2019

The year didn’t start on a high note for Ed Sheeran. Back in 2016, Sheeran was sued by the heirs of “Let’s Get It On” (LGO) co-writer, Ed Townsend, who accused Sheeran of copying several elements of LGO in his 2014 hit, “Thinking Out Loud” (TOL).  Sheeran tried to get the suit thrown out on … Continue reading

Nevada Screenwriter Claims Gone Girl Was Her Idea

BY: Carly Kessler | January 24, 2018

On January 17, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. (“Twentieth Century”) argued that a copyright infringement claim relating to the hit novel and film, Gone Girl, should be thrown out. The lawsuit was filed in December 2017 in Illinois federal court by Nevada-based screenwriter, Leslie Weller. Weller sued Gone Girl author, Gillian Flynn, and Twentieth Century, … Continue reading

Journalism Organization Petitions for Resolution of the Copyright Application v. Registration Debate

BY: Michael Kolcun | November 13, 2017

The registration requirement in the Copyright Act is a well-known subject of debate, and the Eleventh Circuit recently joined the fray by siding with the registration approach camp.  Now, the Supreme Court is being asked to step in and resolve the dispute once and for all. The Copyright Act provides that “no civil action for … Continue reading