Nov 29, 2016

Not So Gleeful: Show Choirs Hit With Infringement Suit

Tresona Multimedia, LLC v. Burbank High School Vocal Music Ass’n, 16-cv-04781 (C.D. Cal.) Tresona Multimedia (“Tresona”) is a music licensing company which, apart from the publisher, has the exclusive ability to issue licenses for various music. Burbank High…

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Nov 22, 2016

Securing a Job – Infringing a Copyright

Reiner v. Saginaw Valley State Univ., 16-cv-11728 (E.D. Mich.) TC Reiner is a professional fashion and fine-art photographer with over 20 years of experience. Reiner photographed—and registered copyrights in—an image entitled “Nikki.” In April 2014, Reiner discovered that…

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Nov 15, 2016

Engineering a Copyright Infringement

Nettleman v. Florida Atlantic Univ., 16-cv-81339 (S.D. Fla.) Dr. Nettleman is a land surveying engineer and professor of geomatics. Over the course of a decade of teaching, Dr. Nettleman developed a variety of teaching materials (“Materials”). In 2008,…

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Infringing on Tragedy?

Altman v. University Press of Mississippi, 16-cv-00883 (S.D. Miss.) Suzi Altman is a professional photographer based in Mississippi. Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Altman was hired by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (“MEMA”) to take photographs that MEMA could…

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Nov 07, 2016

FedEx Helping Schools? Or Infringing Copyrights?

Great Minds v. FedEx, 16-CV-1462 (E.D.N.Y. 2016) Great Minds is a non-profit organization that works to create educational materials that promote high-quality public education. Great Minds creates a variety of materials which it publishes and sells, and utilizes…

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Nov 01, 2016

Who Owns a Masters Thesis?

Israel v. University of Utah, 15-cv-00741 (D. Utah 2015) Esther Israel was a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah (U of U) from 2002 – 2009. During her time at the U…

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Oct 31, 2016

Photographer Claims Getty Images Wrongfully Appropriated Over 18,000 Photographs

Highsmith v. Getty Images (US), Inc., et al, 16-cv-05924 (S.D.N.Y. 2016) Carol Highsmith is a professional and well-known American photographer. Ms. Highsmith has photographed many iconic American landmarks, events and locations. Starting in 1988, Ms. Highsmith began donating…

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Oct 27, 2016

Photographer Takes on Two Indiana Universities

Bell v. Indiana University, 16-cv-2463 (S.D. Ind. 2016). Richard N. Bell is a professional photographer (and conveniently, also an attorney), who took a photograph of the Indianapolis skyline in March 2000. In 2011, Bell registered his photograph with…

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Oct 20, 2016

Are Photographs of the Presidential Seal (and Other Iconic American Symbols) Copyrightable?

Sohm v. McGraw-Hill, 16-cv-4255 Joseph Sohm is a professional photographer, and he directly – or through his wholly-owned corporations – licenses his photographs to various publishers, including McGraw-Hill. Sohm issued licenses to McGraw-Hill to utilize some of his…

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Sep 06, 2016

Gene Kelly’s estate must wait to pursue copyright infringement claim

On August 16, 2016, United States District Judge Percy Anderson issued an order dismissing an action for copyright infringement brought by Patricia Ward Kelly, the surviving spouse of film and stage star Eugene “Gene” Kelly, against the University Press of…

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