United States Court Of Appeals Decision For Copyright Registration

After many years, the Ninth Circuit finally entered a decision in the Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company case.  Reversing the district court’s dismissal of Alaska Stock’s copyright infringement claim, the court definitively held that Alaska Stock had “successfully registered the copyright both to its collections and to the individual images contained therein” […]

NFL BEATS INFRINGEMENT CLAIM FOR USE OF RAVENS LOGO IN HISTORICAL FILM AND EXHIBIT

by Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens Ltd. P’ship, No. 12-2543, and Bouchat v. NFL Enterprises, No. 12-2548, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  In the latest saga involving the use of the retro Baltimore Raven “Flying B” logo, the Fourth Circuit recently agreed that the incidental use of the team’s logo in NFL […]

JUDGE CHIN RULES IN FAVOR OF GOOGLE IN AUTHORS GUILD CASE

By Nancy Wolff, Esq., PACA Counsel In 2004 Google entered into an agreement with a number of libraries to scan their book collections and in return provide them with digital copies of the scanned versions. Since then, Google has scanned over 20 million books and has made “snippets” of those still under copyright available to […]

Panoramic Images Copyright Claims Against Textbook Publishers Permitted To Proceed

By Nancy Wolff Esq., PACA Counsel Panoramic Images (Panoramic) successfully defeated two separate motions to dismiss copyright claims it brought against textbook publishers, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (McGraw-Hill) and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Wiley) for uses of photographs in excess of license agreements. Both cases were in the Federal District Court of the Northern District […]

Fourth Circuit Upholds Registration of Database Collection of Photographs

Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc., v. American Home Realty Network, Inc., U.S. Ct. Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, July 17, 2013 By Nancy Wolff Esq., PACA Counsel For those image libraries that relied on instructions from the Copyright Office on how to register images uploaded to a website, only to have various lower level federal […]