Feb 15, 2017

Former Student Sues Artist’s Heirs For The Right To Include Copyrighted Artwork In Master’s Thesis

Solomon v. O’Connor, 17-cv-1011 (D. Mass.) By Tyron Jensen On January 23, Robert Solomon filed a complaint for declaratory judgment against Gwen, James, and Robert O’Connor. The O’Connors are the niece and nephews of the late artist Joseph…

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Feb 08, 2017

A&M’s Unoriginal History of the Original 12th Man

Bynum v. Texas A&M Univ. Athletic Dept., 17-cv-00181 (S.D. Tex.) By Tyron Jensen On January 19, 2017, sports author Michael Bynum filed a copyright infringement suit against Texas A&M University Athletic Department and the University’s 12th Man Foundation. Bynum’s…

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Jan 30, 2017

Are Public Universities Immune from Copyright Infringement?

Nettleman v. Florida Atlantic University, 16-cv-81339 (S.D. Fla.) by Tyron Jensen On January 5, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed a complaint for copyright infringement filed by Dr. Charles Nettleman against the…

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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.) by Cami Stephenson Tresona Multimedia (“Tresona”) is a music licensing company which, apart from the publisher, has the exclusive ability to issue licenses for various…

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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.) by Cami Stephenson 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,…

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Nov 15, 2016

Engineering a Copyright Infringement

Nettleman v. Florida Atlantic Univ., 16-cv-81339 (S.D. Fla.) by Cami Stephenson 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…

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Infringing on Tragedy?

Altman v. University Press of Mississippi, 16-cv-00883 (S.D. Miss.) by Cami Stephenson 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…

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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) by Cami Stephenson 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…

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Nov 01, 2016

Who Owns a Masters Thesis?

Israel v. University of Utah, 15-cv-00741 (D. Utah 2015) by Cami Stephenson 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…

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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) by Cami Stephenson 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….

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