A Brief on the Supreme Court Google v Oracle Amicus Brief

DMLA joined nine other organizations that represent authors, artists, and other creators across the spectrum of copyright discipline in filing an amicus brief before the Supreme Court on behalf of Oracle in the ongoing Oracle v. Google case. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case on two questions 1. Whether copyright protection extends to […]

Case Act Overwhelming Passes the House of Representatives

We are thrilled to report that the CASE Act (H.R. 2426) was passed by the House of Representative this evening, October 22, 2019, by a vote of 410-6.  It’s a great day for creators! “Today’s vote by the House further attests to the tremendous support that’s been demonstrated for the CASE Act, legislation that will provide U.S. […]

Copyright Small Claims: A Solution for Many Creators

Since the bill Copyright Small Claims Bill, H.R. 3945,  entitled, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (the “CASE Act”) was introduced by Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), there have been many articles published in support of this important legislation. Here is a great article to help you understand why this bill is so important to our industry […]

Hawaii-based Tiki Shark Art Settles Copyright Infringement Case with Cafe Press

It’s not always easy to go up against the big guys, but when your copyrighted image is being infringed you have to try.  Brad Parker, owner of Kailua-Kona-based Tiki Shark Art, claimed his art was used on beachwear on CafePress.com without his permission.  You can read the entire article here.         Elaine Vitt

Copyright on the Wild Side

Two Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard Attorneys, associate Scott J. Sholder and staff attorney Marissa Lewis, released a new blog today discussing Copyright Authorship and the Ownership of Photographs in response to the recent facts regarding a British photographer and a photo that was taken during an expedition of his.  Much press has already been given […]

Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices Released

Maria A. Pallante has released a public draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition (the “Third Edition”). The first major revision in more than two decades, the draft presents more than 1200 pages of administrative practices and sets the stage for a number of long-term improvements in registration and recordation policy. It will […]


In Rob Henson’s latest post in TallFirsMedia.com he points out problems that some of the new photo startups may face where business models are targeted largely on accelerated aggregation of imagery.  The commonality among them is a move away from verifying rights of an image and providing assurances to end users, to shifting risk back onto […]