Sixth Circuit affirms dismissal of defamation claims brought against Viacom by former American Idol contestants, holding that Tennessee’s “single
District court denies defendant music companies' motion for partial summary judgment seeking to confine scope of copyright damages to sales made in
District court dismisses putative class action alleging racial discrimination in casting of shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, holding that First Amendment protects defendants’ casting decisions.
District court grants summary judgment in favor of defendants and dismisses suit by Soul Man singer against producers and distributors of Soul Men film and soundtrack, finding that plaintiff could not establish common-law trademark rights in unregistered marks or the required elements of state law claims.
This summer three U.S. states will implement new laws governing debt settlement companies that operate within their borders or market to their residents.
In copyright infringement action involving sound recordings, district court holds that a variation of a copyrighted musical composition embodied in a sound recording does not qualify as a separate work for purposes of statutory damages.
District court holds copyright registration is a pre-requisite for a declaratory action for non-infringement, and holds “registration” requires either issuance of certificate of registration, or denial of application for registration, by the Copyright Office; court grants motion to dismiss because defendant applied for but had not received certificate of registration.
In the context of a discovery order in a copyright infringement suit, a magistrate judge followed the “discovery rule” to determine when a copyright claim accrues and rejected the defendants’ request to apply the “injury rule.”