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” […]

Uniloc and Patent Trolling

By Nancy Wolff, Esq., PACA Counsel At the PACA 2013 Conference this October, we held a panel on patent trolls that are targeting this industry, and in particular, the Company Uniloc that alleges to have a patent on licensing images online and had targeted 4 companies in the micro stock space. Patent trolls are companies […]

MICROSOFT’S 3-STEP PROCESS TO ONLINE THEFT

By Robert Henson, courtesy of Tall Firs Media, LLC Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker and itself a massive consumer of image content for its products and services, has taken the bold step of promoting the theft of images online. Through its newly revamped Office product, Microsoft is replacing an image search functionality – one […]

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 […]

Sculptor granted royalties in Gaylord v. United States

by Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel In the most recent ruling in Gaylord v. United States, the United States Court of Federal Claims determined the proper amount of damages due Frank Gaylord, (“Gaylord”) the sculptor who created “The Column” portion of the Korean War Memorial, from the United States Postal Service (USPS) for its unauthorized depiction […]

Marshall Thompson vs. Getty Images (US), Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2013)

by Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel Marshall Thompson vs. Getty Images (US), Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2013) Getty Images successfully defeated a claim by Marshall Thompson, singer and sole living member of the “Chi-Lite”, alleging that the online posting of his photo for possible licensing, was a violation of his right of publicity under Illinois Right of […]