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Eleventh Circuit Takes District Court to School Over Educational Fair-Use Copyright Dispute

In Cambridge University Press v. Albert, 2018 WL 5095004 (11th Cir. Oct. 19, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit issued its second decision in a decade-long dispute over Georgia State University’s practice of distributing digital excerpts of copyrighted works to students without paying a royalty.  The district court now faces its third trial to assess the fair-use defense as to 48 excerpted...

Laws for the People, By the People, Are Not Copyrightable

A March 23, 2017 order from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia immediately prompted headlines such as “If you publish Georgia’s state laws, you’ll get sued for copyright and lose.”  The case, Code Revision Commission v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., 244 F. Supp. 3d 1350 (N.D. Ga. 2017), examined whether the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (“O.C.G.A.”)...

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on Copyright Issue

The Supreme Court this morning granted certiorari on a circuit split involving the Eleventh Circuit.  The Eleventh Circuit (along with the Eighth) has previously held that the fee provisions of the Copyright Act, which allow recovery of the “full costs” of attendance, do not displace general statutes that limit awards to taxable costs.  Artisan Contractors Ass’n of America, Inc. v....

Eleventh Circuit Weighs in on Circuit Split Defining Copyright Registration

Registration of a copyright is a precondition to a suit for copyright infringement. The Eleventh Circuit joined the minority of circuits to have addressed whether registration occurs when an owner files an application to register the copyright or when the Register of Copyrights registers the copyright in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, 2017 WL 2191243 (11th...

Fee Awards – Maybe an Art; Not a Science

In Yellow Pages Photos, Inc. v. Ziplocal, LP, 2017 WL 343520 (11th Cir. Jan. 24, 2017), the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court’s decision to use a mathematical formula to award costs and fees in proportion to the degree of success in litigation of the underlying claims.  Yellow Pages Photos, Inc. (“YPPI”) and Ziplocal entered into an agreement to purchase a license to use...

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