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Check-in here for your source of copyright news and discussion. Choose from articles below to read up-to-date summaries of some of copyright's latest quandaries.
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September 30, 2019 12:00 PM
On August 23, 2019, Yesh Music (“Yesh”) voluntarily dismissed its copyright infringement case against Amity Education Group (“Amity”) with prejudice. The case was dismissed before Amity filed a response. As previously reported, in May 2019, Yesh brought suit against Amity for alleged infringement of an original musical composition entitled "Equinox," which was registered with the US Copyright Office. Amity allegedly used the song in an advertising video on YouTube without obtaining a license from Yesh.
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September 23, 2019 12:00 PM
On September 19, 2019, German photographer Marco Verch ("Verch") filed suit against Columbia University ("Columbia") for alleged copyright infringement of one of his photographs.
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September 16, 2019 12:00 PM
On June 5th 2019, Syracuse University ("Syracuse") submitted an answer to the complaint from photographer James Bass. As previously reported, in May 2019 Bass brought suit against Syracuse alleging copyright infringement of his photographs of the Syracuse basketball team (the "Photos"). Bass claims he licensed the Photos to Syracuse for use only on social media. However, Bass asserts Syracuse committed copyright infringement by exceeding the scope of the license and using the Photos on billboards, tickets, and programs.
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September 09, 2019 12:00 PM
Yesh Music, LLC ("Yesh") brought a case of copyright infringement against Gettysburg College ("Gettysburg"). This is the third in a string of cases brought by the company in recent months; we previously reported on other Yesh cases in May and August of this year. The case against Gettysburg is for allegedly exceeding the scope of a license agreement between Gettysburg and Yesh.
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September 02, 2019 12:00 PM
Academic publishers Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Cengage, Bedford, and Elsevier (jointly the "Plaintiffs" or "Publishers") filed a complaint against ten unidentified defendants, their relative trade names, and nine other named defendants (jointly the "Defendants"). The Plaintiffs allege that the Defendants violated federal copyright and trademark laws by “intentionally, advertising, selling, and distributing counterfeit textbooks at the expense of authors, students, publishers, and others.”
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August 26, 2019 12:00 PM
On August 8, 2019, Columbia University (“Columbia”) sued Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation (“EIF”), asserting various claims and seeking a declaratory judgment regarding copyright ownership of a multi-volume scholarly encyclopedia, the Encyclopaedia Iranica (the “Work”).
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August 19, 2019 12:00 PM
John Durant (“Durant”), a highly acclaimed professional photographer, brought suit against Laureate Education Inc. (“Laureate”) for copyright infringement. Durant alleges in his complaint that Laureate improperly used one of his photographs on its recruiting website.
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August 12, 2019 12:00 PM
In late May, Yesh Music, LLC (Yesh) filed suit against St. George University (the University) for copyright infringement. In it's complaint, Yesh alleges St. George University violated both the Copyright Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This case is similar to another case we reported on in May in which Yesh brought suit against Amity University.
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August 05, 2019 12:00 PM
On April 23, 2019, Dr. Keith Bell voluntarily dismissed his infringement case against Stanford University with prejudice. As previously reported, in March 2019 Bell brought suit against Stanford University for alleged infringement of his sports psychology book entitled Winning Isn’t Normal. The alleged infringement occurred when Stanford’s Senior Associate Athletic Director tweeted an image that contained a selection from Bell’s book. Bell characterized the text in the image as “the heart of the … work.” This is the most recent in a string of cases Bell has filed against individuals and organizations for infringing his book (we previously reported on other cases in 2017 and 2018).
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July 29, 2019 12:00 PM
On July 18, 2019 the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act out of committee to the floor where it can be voted on by the full Senate. The CASE Act would create a small claims court within the Copyright Office to address copyright disputes.
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July 22, 2019 12:00 PM
On June 11, 2019, the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas held that a governmental unit’s copyright infringement is not a taking. This decision comes in response to a claim filed by Jim Olive in December 2017, which alleged that the University of Houston’s unauthorized use of his photograph amounted to an “unconstitutional and illegal” taking under the Texas Constitution.
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July 15, 2019 12:00 PM
This is an update for a case first reported on this blog in February 2017.
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July 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Linda Woodson filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Atlantic City Board of Education, James Knox, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. In the complaint, Woodson alleges willful infringement of her copyrighted work by each of the defendants. Woodson also alleges damages amounting to loss of status, recognition, and income.
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June 24, 2019 03:43 PM
After years of legal battles, Provo, Utah startup VidAngel has been ordered to pay $62.4 million in damages to Hollywood studios including Disney, Fox, and Warner Brothers.
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June 17, 2019 03:46 PM
In May 2016, DynaStudy, Inc. (DynaStudy) filed suit against the Houston Independent School District (HISD) for alleged copyright infringement. A jury verdict was returned after a seven-day trial in May 2019, and DynaStudy was awarded over $9 million in damages.
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June 10, 2019 03:48 PM
Frederick Allen ("Allen") and his video production company, Nautilus Productions ("Nautilus"), brought suit against North Carolina for alleged copyright infringement in December 2015.
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May 31, 2019 03:50 PM
Yesh Music ("Yesh") filed suit against Amity University ("Amity") for alleged copyright infringement.
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May 17, 2019 03:50 PM
On May 13, 2019, photographer James Bass filed suit against Syracuse University, alleging copyright infringement of his photographs of the Syracuse University basketball team.
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