In action brought by photographer and subject alleging unauthorized use of photo on recording artist Jeremih’s album cover, district court denies
Ninth Circuit upholds DMCA safe harbor protection from copyright infringement liability for defendant video-sharing site Veoh, affirming grant of summary judgment in defendants’ favor.
First Circuit holds district court committed reversible error by reducing jury award in favor of recording companies and against individual copyright infringer on constitutional grounds without first considering issue of remittitur.
Court grants defendant’s motion for summary judgment, finding that plaintiff’s copyright infringement claim seeking a share of profits for his contributions to a rap song was an ownership claim, which was time-barred because plaintiff failed to bring it within three years of the song’s release.
In a copyright infringement action, the Ninth Circuit holds that (1) UMG’s shipment of promotional compact discs (“CDs”) constituted a “sale” within the meaning of the “first sale” doctrine, and (2) the defendant’s subsequent sale of those CDs “was therefore permissible without UMG’s authorization.”
Court enters a permanent injunction in a copyright infringement action brought by several record companies against Lime Wire, a provider of a peer-to-peer system used to download digital music files.
In copyright infringement action relating to several Bob Marley recordings, court holds that the recordings are works made for hire and that defendant record company owns the renewal copyrights rather than plaintiffs who are heirs of Bob Marley.
Court reduces the jury’s award for willful copyright infringement of thirty of plaintiff recording companies’ songs from $675,000 to $67,500, after holding that jury’s damage award is unconstitutionally excessively large.
District court denies Veoh Networks’ motion for attorney’s fees in DMCA safe harbor litigation, holding, inter alia, that Veoh failed to demonstrate that UMG acted in bad faith by failing to use DMCA’s notice and takedown procedure before filing suit and that UMG’s claims were not objectively unreasonable.
Court upholds magistrate’s order granting motion to compel production of communications between in-house counsel, client, and third party where defendant failed to establish that communications were made to third party in furtherance of common legal interest.