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Copyright licensee must own at least one exclusive right for standing
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • February 28 2011

Affirming dismissal of a copyright infringement suit brought by one licensee against another, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a plaintiff must show that it is the exclusive license of at least one of the divisible rights recognized under the Copyright Act to possess sufficient standing to sue for infringement


Defendant bears significant burden to rebut presumption of copyright validity
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • February 28 2011

Highlighting the significant burden imposed upon a defendant who seeks to invalidate a plaintiff's copyright, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s sua sponte dismissal of a copyright infringement case, despite defendants offering multiple arguments towards the invalidity of the plaintiff’s copyright


No standing if plaintiff’s exclusive rights were limited in time
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • India, USA
  • April 29 2011

Evaluating ownership of a sound recording under both the Indian Copyright Act and U.S. Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a district court’s grant of summary judgment to defendants in a copyright infringement action, finding that the plaintiff lacked standing to sue because the underlying agreement granted exclusive rights that were limited in time


Restoration of copyright in foreign works passes constitutional muster
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • January 27 2012

A 1994 statute extended U.S. copyright protection to foreign works previously unprotected in the United States, removing an estimated “millions” of foreign works from free, public domain availability


“Caught Up” not substantially similar to “caught Up”
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • February 29 2012

Assessing whether two songs titled “Caught Up” possessed enough similarities to survive a motion to dismiss, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that they were not in that the songs were lyrically and musically distinct


Supreme Court to decide if first sale doctrine permits importation of foreign-made copyrighted works without authorization
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • April 27 2012

The “first sale doctrine” in copyright law permits the owner of a lawfully made copy of a copyrighted work to sell or dispose of that copy as it sees fit


Supreme Court to decide application of first sale doctrine to foreign-made copyrighted works
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • May 30 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving “gray market” resale of copyrighted works and the defense of the “first sale doctrine.”


Supreme Court hears oral arguments in gray-market copyright case
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • November 29 2012

Undaunted by an approaching hurricane that had already shut down the federal government, public transportation and nearly all of the rest of Washington, D.C., the U.S. Supreme Court on October 29, 2012, heard oral arguments in a copyright case involving the unauthorized resale in the United States of foreign versions of textbooks originating from U.S. publishers


Idea submission case involving “ghost hunters” television series not preempted by copyright law
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • May 28 2011

In a 7-4 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held, en banc, that a writer sufficiently stated an implied contract claim, not preempted by copyright law, where a plaintiff alleged a bilateral expectation that the plaintiff would be compensated by defendant for use of plaintiff’s idea


Ninth Circuit declares that “the king” is dead (in copyright cases)
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • September 30 2011

Merely weeks after a separate panel considered the impact of the Supreme Court’s 2006 ruling in the patent infringement case eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C. on copyright casesPerfect 10 Inc. v. Google Inc., Case No. 10-56316 (9th Cir., Aug. 3, 2011)the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit once again held that held that irreparable harm may no longer be presumed upon showing a likelihood of success when seeking preliminary or permanent injunctive relief in copyright infringement cases