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Copyright, Content, and Platforms Blog

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Spanski Enterprises, Inc. v. Telewizja Polska, S.A.: How Far Is Too Far When It Comes to the Extraterritorial Reach of US Copyright Law?

USA - October 19 2017 As a general matter, acts of copyright infringement that occur outside the jurisdiction of the United States are not actionable under U.S. copyright…

UGC Uncertainty Consternation Continues

USA - September 7 2017 In April 2017, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals startled online service providers that allow users to post content (known as UGC, or user-generated…

Determining Fair Use Under the Copyright Act: Judge Versus Jury

USA - June 23 2017 When the Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that copyright infringement lawsuits were subject to the Seventh Amendment’s right to jury trial, the natural…

Started From the Bottom, Now We’re Real: Drake’s Use of Jimmy Smith’s Commentary on ‘Real Music’ Considered Fair Use

USA - June 13 2017 On May 30, 2017, Judge William H. Pauley III, in the Southern District of New York, ruled that rapper-singer-songwriter Drake was permitted to use a…

You Might Want to Turn Down for That: Lil Jon and DJ Snake Sued for Copyright Infringement

USA - May 11 2017 On May 4, 2017, Golden Crown Publishing, LLC, the publishing company behind Freddie GZ’s song Turn Down for What, sued Lil Jon and DJ Snake in the…

FTC Turns Attention to Social Media Influencers Working for Advertisers

USA - May 5 2017 For years the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made clear to advertisers that they are responsible for messages on social media by their employers…

H.R. 1695 Introduces Major Reforms to the U.S. Copyright Office

USA - March 28 2017 A bill was formally introduced in Congress on March 23, 2017, that would, in effect, remove the Copyright Office from the oversight of the Librarian…

Does Copyright Now Cover Functionality?

USA - March 24 2017 On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc. regarding the scope of copyright…

Is This the Beginning of the End of Flo & Eddie’s Quest to Establish a Public Performance Right under State Copyright Law?

USA - February 24 2017 Former recording artists Flo & Eddie’s three-and-a-half-year battle against Sirius XM Radio, Inc., for recognition of a public performance right…

Is There Copyright Infringement in Whoville?

USA - February 14 2017 The name “Cindy-Lou Who” likely invokes thoughts of the holiday season and Dr. Seuss’s beloved How the Grinch Stole Christmas (“Grinch”), which…