Nov 15, 2016 fau-sign

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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Biloxi, Miss., April 1, 2006 - What remained of this floating casino after Hurricane Katrina is undergoing demolition.  It is difficult to comprehend the degree of devastation that the Mississippi coast arera has sustained.  Geeeeorge Armstrong/FEMA

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-office-storefront

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 u-of-u

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 Monument Valley View, Arizona by Carol M. Highsmith, Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

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 “Indianapolis Skyline” by Richard N. Bell

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 "Presidential Seal of the U.S. Image" by Joseph Sohm

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

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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Aug 29, 2016 gsu

Three Major Academic Publishers Appeal to the 11th Circuit in Copyright Infringement Case Against Georgia State

Cambridge University Press, et al. v. Becker, et al., 08-cv-1425 (N.D. Ga. 2016) On August 26, 2016, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Sage Publications (jointly “Cambridge”) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh…

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Aug 08, 2016 FAU-logo-clr

Florida Atlantic University sued for copyright infringement

Dr. Charles Nettleman, a former adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the university on July 27, 2016. Dr. Nettleman’s complaint alleges that the university copied his teaching materials, such as slides, lab exercises, quizzes, exams, etc., and distributed…

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