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9th Circuit opens door to damages against retailers carrying infringing works
  • Thompson Coburn LLP
  • USA
  • November 29 2016

One of the attractions of copyright law is that copyright owners can recover substantial damages (which can go up to $150,000 in cases of willful

Network interference - a legal guide to the commercial risks and rewards of the social media phenomenon
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • European Union, Global, United Kingdom, USA
  • April 22 2014

Social media is a revolution in the way in which corporations communicate with consumers. This White Paper will help you to maximise the huge

“Who’s on First?” Routine in Broadway Play Strikes Out as Transformative Fair Use
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • November 29 2016

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit determined that a Broadway play's verbatim use of William "Bud" Abbott and Lou Costello's "Who's on

DOJ Appeals Decision Affecting Music Licensing
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • USA
  • November 22 2016

Lost in the news of the election, on Nov. 11, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a notice of appeal from an adverse decision issued by Judge Louis

Small Claims Court orders punitive damages for Defendants' false report that Plaintiff's song infringed their copyright
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Canada
  • November 23 2016

The Plaintiff sought damages after one of his songs was taken down from YouTube and SoundCloud by the Defendants for two months due to their report

The CJEU determines scope of implicit consent of authors to use their works
  • CMS DeBacker
  • European Union, France
  • November 30 2016

Earlier this month the Court of Justice of the EU ("CJEU") has rendered a decision in the Marc Soulier, Sara Dokes v. Premier Ministre, Ministre de

Soft Kitty, Same Kitty: The Big Bang Theory sued for copyright infringement Bazinga
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Australia, USA
  • March 17 2016

Over Christmas, the producers of The Big Bang Theory (amongst others) received a rather unwelcome gift - their now-famous Soft Kitty lullaby has

Sports Broadcasts and ‘fair dealing’ - the 8 second rule.
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • New Zealand, United Kingdom
  • November 22 2016

It will be well known to the readers of this blog that media companies will pay eye watering amounts of money for the rights to broadcast major

Federal Court dismisses infringement action where acknowledged use covered by fair dealing
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Canada
  • November 30 2016

In this action, the Plaintiff ("Blacklock's") alleged that officials in the Department of Finance violated its copyright by obtaining, reading and

Interplay between Broadcasting Act and Copyright Act Considered in Respect of Retransmission
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Canada
  • November 30 2016

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice was considering a request by VMedia for an order declaring that its new internet retransmitting service does not