Alan R. Friedman

Appropriate for the pirate genre, citing the parties’ “dueling experts,” a District Court recently denied Disney’s motion for summary judgment in a copyright lawsuit in which the plaintiffs claimed the
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In response to a copyright claim that the Netflix series “Stranger Things” infringed the plaintiff’s unpublished screenplays, Netflix and the other defendants filed a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss, arguing
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Among copyright lawyers, Stairway to Heaven may become known not just for its abstract lyrics and acclaimed guitar solo, but also for the legal rulings that upended a jury verdict
Continue Reading Ninth Circuit Vacates Verdict in Stairway to Heaven Copyright Action: Missteps in Jury Instructions Result in Remand for New Trial

In a closely watched copyright lawsuit, the Second Circuit reversed the District Court’s finding of “fair use” and upheld Fox News’ claim that the TVEyes service infringed its copyrights. This
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Under the “fair use” doctrine, artists regularly include portions of copyrighted works in books, movies, television programs, music and other artistic works without obtaining licenses from the copyright owners. When
Continue Reading Oh No You Didn’t: Seventh Circuit Criticizes Second Circuit’s Application of the Fair Use Doctrine