Assessing a delay of more than 40 years by college fraternal organizations in enforcing their trademarks against an unauthorized user, the U. S. Court of
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.
Considering whether musician Roger Miller’s widow or a music publishing company owned his music catalog, including the hit song “King of the Road,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision that found the publishing company liable for copyright infringement thereby vacating an award of almost $1 million in damages.
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.
Considering the impact of the Supreme Court’s 2006 ruling in the patent infringement case eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C. on copyright cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court 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.
Employing the standard set out by the New York Court of Appeals in internet copyright infringement cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has revived a copyright infringement suit brought by a New York resident against a non-resident based upon defendant’s alleged uploading of copyrighted materials onto the internet.
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.
Considering whether a family-operated bridal clothing business exercised sufficient quality control over services rendered under their trademarks to survive an abandonment challenge, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the plaintiff did not, despite the fact that the plaintiff had no reason to doubt the standards employed by its licensee.
In a decision favorable to copyright owners based in the state of New York, the New York State Court of Appeals held that in copyright infringement cases involving the uploading of copyrighted literary works onto the internet, the situs of the injury for purposes of determining personal jurisdiction under New York's long-arm jurisdiction statute is the location of the copyright holder and not the location of the infringing conduct.
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.