Description Date Docket #
Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin
United States Ninth Circuit
Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Copyright
Granted a new trial in a copyright case involving a claim that Led Zeppelin copied key portions of its hit Stairway to Heaven from a song written by a...
09/28/2018 16-56057
Spinelli v. National Football League
United States Second Circuit
Copyright, Media Law, Sports Law
Reinstated sports photographers' copyright infringement claims against the National Football League and the Associated Press. Seven photographers who...
09/11/2018 17-0673-cv
Tanksley v. Daniels
United States Third Circuit
Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Copyright
Affirmed the dismissal of a TV producer's complaint alleging that the popular Fox Television series Empire infringed his copyright in a television...
08/28/2018 17-2023
Cobbler Nevada, LLC v. Gonzales
United States Ninth Circuit
Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Copyright
Affirmed the dismissal of a copyright infringement action brought against an individual who allegedly downloaded and distributed (i.e., pirated) a...
08/27/2018 17-35041
ABS Entertainment, Inc. v. CBS Corp.
United States Ninth Circuit
Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Copyright
Reinstated claims for violation of California law copyrights possessed in certain musical performance sound recordings. The plaintiff copyright...
08/20/2018 16-55917
Glacier Films (USA), Inc. v. Turchin
United States Ninth Circuit
Copyright, Attorney's Fees, Intellectual Property
Reversed the denial of attorney's fees in a copyright infringement case. A man agreed to pay $750 in statutory damages to a film production company...
07/24/2018 16-35688
Williams v. Gaye
United States Ninth Circuit
Copyright
Affirmed a judgment of copyright infringement. In an amended opinion, the Ninth Circuit largely affirmed the decision after a jury trial that musician...
07/11/2018 15-56880
Allen v. Cooper
United States Fourth Circuit
Government Law, Copyright
Reversed the district court's ruling which had denied immunity to North Carolina state agencies and officials which were sued by a videographer...
07/10/2018 17-1522
Close v. Sotheby's, Inc.
United States Ninth Circuit
Intellectual Property, Copyright
Affirmed in relevant part, finding that federal copyright law largely preempts California's Resale Royalties Act, Cal. Civ. Code section 986, which...
07/06/2018 16-56234
Cortes-Ramos v. Martin-Morales
United States First Circuit
Copyright, Trademark, Dispute Resolution & Arbitration
Reversed the order to dismiss the plaintiff's copyright and trademark claims stemming from a songwriting contest. Plaintiff entered a songwriting...
06/28/2018 16-2456

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