I Found it on the Internet, So it's Fair Use, Take Three

The Obligatory City Skyline Richard Bell[ref]NOT to be confused with Keith Bell, another copyright plaintiff I blogged about recently.[/ref] is a former attorney who took photographs of his law firm’s hometown, Indianapolis, particularly its skyline. There’s a natural...

If You Can't Win a Lawsuit, at Least Cover the Spread

The Twists and Turns of Offers of Judgment in Copyright Cases Several years ago, Kayne Capital Advisors did a bad, bad thing. It had one of its employees subscribe to the Oil Daily newsletter, then copied and distributed that one copy to multiple...

What's Next in the Android-Java Case? Damages!

The Wonderful World of Copyright Damages in Software Cases OK, so I’ve been talking—at length—about the Federal Circuit’s recent rejection of Google’s fair use defense for its use of the way Java’s API libraries are organized. So, you might be wondering what’s...

Cox Rocked, Part 2: What the Jury Said (and Why)

Broadband Isn’t a “Draw” for Infringement, but What About Substantial Non-infringing Uses? Back in late 2014, two of Rightscorp’s clients, BMG Music and Round Hill Music, sued the cable operator and internet-service provider, Cox Communications, for copyright...

What Reggaeton-Style Music Can Teach Us About Copyright Licenses

‘Tis Often Better to Willfully Withhold Royalties than Exceed the Scope of the License You are a licensee to many, many copyright licenses, whether you know it or not. Most of them—such as the ordinary applications you have on your computer, or song files you’ve...