Surveying Ten Years Of Top Internet Law Developments (Forbes Cross-Post)

Surveying Ten Years Of Top Internet Law Developments (Forbes Cross-Post)

I’ve been writing an annual list of top Internet Law developments for a decade, so I thought it might be fun to look back at my #1 ranked development in each of the past 10 years. Let’s take a stroll…

Top 10 Internet Law Developments of 2015 (Forbes Cross-Post)

Top 10 Internet Law Developments of 2015 (Forbes Cross-Post)

I’m pleased to present my annual list of top Internet Law developments from the past year. As the years go by, increasingly the most important Internet Law developments/crackdowns are occurring internationally, but I tried to focus on U.S. developments. 10)…

2H 2015 Quick Links, Part 1 (Copyright)

2H 2015 Quick Links, Part 1 (Copyright)

* Norberto-Colon Lorenzana v. South American Restaurants Corp., No. 14-1698 (1st Cir. Aug. 21, 2015): “a chicken sandwich is not eligible for copyright protection. This makes good sense; neither the recipe nor the name Pechu Sandwich fits any of the…

Google Defeats Copyright Lawsuit Over Waze Data (Forbes Cross-Post)

Google Defeats Copyright Lawsuit Over Waze Data (Forbes Cross-Post)

The basic copyright rule is clear: facts are not copyrightable; factual compilations can be. However, this simple rule masks considerable nuance. What is a “fact,” how does it differ from “non-facts,” what does it mean to “compile” facts, and when…

Commenting on Viral Video Is Fair Use--Equals Three v. Jukin Media

Commenting on Viral Video Is Fair Use–Equals Three v. Jukin Media

This is a copyright lawsuit over viral videos. Jukin Video apparently finds and acquires the rights to viral videos. It reached 1 million subscribers on YouTube and has over 17,000 videos available for licensing. Equals Three produces short humor programs…

Another Censorious Copyright Case Results In a Big Fee Shift--Inglewood v. Teixeira

Another Censorious Copyright Case Results In a Big Fee Shift–Inglewood v. Teixeira

I recently wrote about Katz v. Chevaldina, where a real estate tycoon didn’t like a candid photo taken of him, so he bought the copyrights to the photo and sued a blogger to suppress the photo. The courts had no…

Chain of Title Proves Fatal to “Happy Birthday” Copyright Claim (Guest Blog Post)

Chain of Title Proves Fatal to “Happy Birthday” Copyright Claim (Guest Blog Post)

By Guest Blogger Tyler Ochoa “Happy Birthday” has been described as “The World’s Most Popular Song.”  It is sung almost every time that people gather to celebrate a birthday.  The “almost” in the previous sentence acknowledges that many restaurants direct…

You Can't Buy A Copyright Just To Bury It--Katz v. Chevaldina (Forbes Cross-Post)

You Can’t Buy A Copyright Just To Bury It–Katz v. Chevaldina (Forbes Cross-Post)

In the United States, copyright law principally serves as an economic policy by protecting creators’ ability to recoup the investments they make in generating new works that have value to society. As a result, copyright law gets weird when it’s…

9th Circuit Sides With Fair Use in Dancing Baby Takedown Case

9th Circuit Sides With Fair Use in Dancing Baby Takedown Case

The 9th Circuit was shockingly quick in issuing its opinion in the “dancing baby” case. The key holdings in Lenz: a person sending a takedown request under section 512(c) must consider fair use fair use is either not an affirmative…

Big Fee Shift in Unsuccessful Copyright Lawsuit To Suppress Unflattering Photo--Katz v. Chevaldina

Big Fee Shift in Unsuccessful Copyright Lawsuit To Suppress Unflattering Photo–Katz v. Chevaldina

This is the latest update in the long-running case involving a real estate mogul, Raanan Katz, who didn’t like a photo taken of him in public. Katz bought the copyright to the photo and then sued a blogger for republishing…