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RDR Books Withdraws Appeal in Harry Potter Lexicon Case RDR Books withdrew its appeal to the Second Circuit on Thursday, December 4th.  The trial court, in an opinion by Judge Patterson, had permanently enjoined its publication of a Harry Potter Lexicon book, along with awarding statutory damages to plaintiffs Warner Brothers and J.K. Rowling. Anthony Falzone, of the Stanford Fair Use Project and counsel for the defendant, released a blog post entitled “Lexicon Resurrected,” noting that RDR plans to publish ... Read More...
Posted On Dec - 8 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Harry Potter Lexicon Defendant Files Notice of Appeal Notice of Appeal (hosted by Justia) On November 7, 2008, defendant RDR Books filed a notice of appeal to the Second Circuit from the September 9, 2008 decision of the S.D.N.Y., which permanently enjoined its publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon book and awarded plaintiffs Warner Brothers and J.K. Rowling statutory damages of $6,750. Previously: Harry Potter Lexicon Found to Infringe J.K. Rowling’s Copyright

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Posted On Nov - 11 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Google Library Project Lawsuit Settles By Tyler Lacey — Edited By Anna Lamut Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc. S.D.N.Y., No. 05 CV 8136 Settlement Agreement On October 28, 2008, the Authors Guild, Association of American Publishers, and Google reached a settlement that, pending approval by the court, will end a lawsuit that began three years ago when the Authors Guild filed a class action against Google on behalf of more than eight thousand authors in the U.S. District Court ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 30 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
President Bush Signs PRO-IP Act S. 3325 On Monday, October 14, President Bush signed into law the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, also known as the PRO-IP Act, S. 3325. The PRO-IP Act steepens penalties for IP infringement and increases resources to the DOJ to coordinate state and federal efforts against counterfeiting and piracy. Although opposed by the DOJ, the Act also provides for a “U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator” position within the Executive Office of the ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 14 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Expelled Lawsuit Dropped Lennon v. Premise Media Corp. (S.D.N.Y.) The suit filed by Yoko Ono and the children of John Lennon against the producers of Expelled, a motion picture that used a clip of the song “Imagine” without permission, was withdrawn and dismissed last month.  However, Anthony Falzone, Executive Director of Stanford’s Fair Use Project and counsel for defendants, notes: [T]he right result came far too late. The mere pendency of these cases caused the film’s DVD distributor to shy ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 7 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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