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By June Nam – Edited by Ding Ding

The heirs of William Abbott and Lou Costello filed suit against the creators of a Broadway play, Hand to God for using—verbatim—a portion of the iconic comedy routine, Who’s on First?. The Second Circuit affirmed the judgment but rejected the reasoning of the district court, which dismissed allegations of copyright infringement. The Circuit Judge, Reena Raggi, held that the use of the routine in the play was not a fair use under the Copyright Act of 1976. However, the heirs did not have a valid copyright to allege any copyright infringement.

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Posted On Oct - 23 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Analyzing the Equals Three v. Jukin Media Opinion

By Feiran (Felicia) Chen- Edited by Yiran Zhang

The court held that  Equals Three’s videos favored fair use as commenting on viral videos is transformative with the exception of one episode.

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Posted On Nov - 4 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Filmmakers Sue to Restore “Happy Birthday” to Public Domain

Good Morning to You Productions v. Warner/Chappell Music
By Samantha Rothberg – Edited by Gillian Kassner

Good Morning to You Productions Corp. (“GMTY”) sued Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. (“Warner/Chappell”), the copyright holder of “Happy Birthday to You.” GMTY seeks to invalidate the copyright, restore the song to the public domain, and force Warner/Chappell to repay substantial licensing fees. GMTY alleges that any valid copyright in the song expired long ago.

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Posted On Jun - 24 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Eighth Circuit Holds that Use of Public Domain Material Infringes Film Copyright By Michael Hoven – Edited by Esther Kang Warner Bros. Entm’t v. X One X Productions, No. 10-1743 (8th Cir. July 5, 2011) Slip Opinion The Eighth Circuit unanimously affirmed in part and reversed in part a decision by the Eastern District of Missouri, which had granted summary judgment to Warner Bros. on its copyright infringement claim and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting defendants (collectively “AVELA”) from licensing ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 12 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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