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The Second Circuit terminates copyright in Santa Claus song
  • Law Offices of Marc D. Ostrow
  • USA
  • October 13 2015

In its October 8 decision in Baldwin v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc., the Second Circuit reversed the District Court’s granting of summary judgment to

Code copying case highlights difficulty in getting a preliminary injunction
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2015

Continuing the trend in recent years of injunctions becoming harder and harder to obtain, the Northern District of California denied a motion for a

To the Batmobile, let’s go! A review of copyrightable subject matter
  • Baldwins
  • USA
  • October 9 2015

In what might be the most entertaining copyright decision of the year, The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Batmobile is a

Bikram Yoga in the hot seat as Ninth Circuit affirms yoga sequence not copyrightable
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • October 9 2015

No matter how graceful the flow or beautiful the poses may be, the Federal Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit held that Bikram Choudhury’s sequence

Ruling in toddler video case calls for fair use consideration
  • Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC
  • USA
  • October 8 2015

In a matter of first impression, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Sept. 14, 2015, that copyright holders must consider fair use before

Happy Birthday, everyone: Central District of California rules popular song is in public domain
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • USA
  • October 6 2015

For decades, use of the popular song “Happy Birthday to You” has been subject to licensing fees based on a copyright owned by the Defendants in this

Did the Joker write the Ninth Circuit’s Batmobile decision?
  • Law Offices of Marc D. Ostrow
  • USA
  • October 2 2015

In DC Comics v. Towle, the Ninth Circuit recently upheld the district court’s summary judgment determination that the Batmobile, as it appeared in at

US judge rules no copyright in Happy Birthday To You
  • Minter Ellison
  • USA
  • October 1 2015

Last week a United States District Court judge declared that the copyright claimed in the lyrics to the song Happy Birthday To You is invalid. The

DMCA considerations following the "Dancing Baby case" - Lenz v. Universal Music Corp.
  • Holland & Hart LLP
  • USA
  • October 1 2015

On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in Lenz v. Universal Music Corp, et al., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16308 (the

Licensing agent has standing to bring copyright infringement suit
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • September 30 2015

Addressing the issue of whether a photograph licensing agent has standing to bring an infringement suit under the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of