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Full Recovery: Successful Copyright Plaintiffs Can Recover Fees For Enforcing Judgments

Successful copyright plaintiffs can recover the additional attorney’s fees incurred in collecting an infringement judgment according to a federal court in New York. The judgment creditor plaintiff, L.A. Printex Industries, Inc., won a verdict of $40,000 in statutory damages against the defendants in 2012, with the court subsequently awarding it $40,000 in attorney’s fees. The defendants refused to pay...

Register Your Copyrights or Lose Your Rights

Recently an artist came to see me about a possible infringement case. The artist had created some artistic works several years ago, but shared the material only with some friends. One of the friends turned over a copy of one of the works to a producer without the artist’s permission. After the producer created a new work incorporating the artist’s original work, the artist justifiably feels violated. One...

Supreme Court Invalidates Aereo Business Model; Ruling Declares Aereo Infringes Copyright

In the closely watched case of American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Aereo’s business model infringed on television broadcasters’ exclusive rights to transmit television programming. ¬† The Court’s 6-3 ruling held that Aereo’s technology, which uses tiny antennas, each dedicated to an individual customer, to receive television signals and then...

GRAY MATTERS Statutory Remedies for Sales of Unauthorized Parallel Goods Post-Kirtsaeng

Gray market goods or parallel imports are genuine branded goods that are legitimately produced but then imported into a market without the consent of the trademark and/or copyright owner In contrast to counterfeit goods, gray goods are manufactured under license from or even by the brand owner, but then imported by another party into a jurisdiction for which they were not intended. Brand owners have historically...

Young Man — There’s No Need To Feel Down — Village People Lead Singer To Recover Copyrights

Victor Willis, the former lead singer of the seminal disco group The Village People will recover control over his interest in the copyrights for many of the group’s hit songs. As a result of one of the first cases to decide a songwriter’s efforts to terminate a grant of copyright under the 1976 Copyright Act, Willis will gain control over his interest in hits such as “YMCA”, “In the...

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