U.S. Supreme Court Confirms that States Have Sovereign Immunity from Copyright Infringement Suits–Allen v. Cooper

by guest blogger Tyler Ochoa On March 23, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Allen v. Cooper, No. 18-877, that states have sovereign immunity from claims of copyright infringement,…

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…of retribution. Many thanks to our fabulous Faculty Feud MC, Prof. Tyler Ochoa, who is a 2x Jeopardy champion and won Ben Stein’s money, so he knows a thing or…

Copyright, State Sovereignty, and Pirates: Some Thoughts on Oral Argument in Allen v. Cooper (Guest Blog Post)

…the Allen v. Cooper case, see Prof. Tyler Ochoa’s summary.] Allen filed suit for copyright infringement. He argued that Congress had abrogated state immunity for copyright infringement through the Copyright…

[Statute of] Queen Anne’s Revenge? Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Allen v. Cooper

By guest blogger Tyler Ochoa If your literary or artistic work is copied by a state government or state officials, can you sue those defendants for copyright infringement? Section 511…

Copyright Registration, Publication on the Internet, and the Revolving “Back Door to Berne” (Guest Blog Post)

…to register copyright. In Fourth Estate (see Tyler Ochoa’s post on the decision), the Supreme Court held that in order to file a copyright infringement suit, an owner of an…

Supreme Court Requires Completed Copyright Registration Before Filing Suit–Fourth Estate Public Benefit v. Wall-Street (Guest Blog Post)

Guest Blog Post by Tyler Ochoa On March 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, No. 17-571, 139 S.Ct. ____, 2019 U.S….

An Analysis of Title I and Title III of The Music Modernization Act, Part 2 of 2 (Guest Blog Post)

Guest Blog Post by Tyler Ochoa [This is part 2 of a 2-part series on the Music Modernization Act. Check out part 1 before reading this post.] The Musical Works…

An Analysis of Title I and Title III of The Music Modernization Act, Part 1 of 2 (Guest Blog Post)

Guest Blog Post by Tyler Ochoa On October 11, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1551, the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, which became Public Law 115-264,…

An Analysis of Title II of Public Law 115-264: The Classics Protection and Access Act (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Tyler Ochoa On October 11, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1551, the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, which became Public Law 115-364, 132…

Realistic Docudramas Don’t Violate California Publicity Rights–deHavilland v. FX

By Guest Blogger Tyler Ochoa Last week, the California Court of Appeal ordered the dismissal of a right of publicity and false-light privacy lawsuit brought by legendary actress Olivia de…