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Registration requirement does not restrict a subject-matter jurisdiction over infringement claims involving unregistered works

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • USA
  • -
  • March 31 2010

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held that although the Copyright Act’s registration requirement, 17 U.S.C. 411(a), is a precondition to filing a copyright infringement claim, a copyright holder’s failure to comply with that requirement does not restrict a federal court’s subject-matter jurisdiction over infringement claims involving unregistered works

Webcasting music services not “interactive” when users cannot directly control the songs they hear

  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 28 2009

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court judgment that an internet radio service was not an “interactive service” within the meaning of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and hence was not liable for copyright infringement for failure to pay license fees

Statutory damages: foreign works and the U.S. live broadcast exemption

  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 16 2009

In a class action led by the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) and U.S. music publishers Bourne against YouTube and its owners Google (The FAPL v YouTube Inc. (US District Court Southern District of New York)) filed on 4 May 2007, a U.S. District Court judge held that, because the FAPL did not register its broadcasts of Premier League matches with the US Copyright Office, it cannot claim statutory damages under the US Copyright Act against YouTube in respect of allegedly copyright infringing material uploaded by users to the video sharing site

KSR based renewed motion on obviousness is a winner

  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 26 2009

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court grant of a post-KSR renewed summary judgment on obviousness (after denying a pre-KSR motion