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A Miami company’s decision to defend a small-potatoes copyright case all the way to trial paid off when the case was dismissed after a few hours — by an angry federal judge. Southern District of New York federal Judge Richard Sullivan found the plaintiffs’ only trial witness, the principal of two companies that claimed Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) willfully infringed copyrights by playing six songs on the radio, contradicted years of amended complaints by saying his companies didn’t hold the copyrights. Latin American Music Co. v. Spanish Broadcasting System, 13-cv-1526. The plaintiffs’ attorney also said the witness, Raul Bernard, had recordings of the songs being broadcast on the radio after previously telling the judge the recordings were missing.
By William Stroever
Following the “Brexit” vote by the United Kingdom signaling its intent to leave the European Union, there was a rush of speculation and guesswork about how EU trademark and design rights would be treated. What progress has been made and what obstacles remain to a smooth transition?
By Ross Todd
Lucasfilm Ltd. won a dispute over the rights to the card game that plays a pivotal, if small, role in the greater Star Wars galaxy.
By Dan Clark
In September, the European Parliament passed a new draft of the European Union (EU) Copyright Directive legislation championed by content creators and publishers, but decried by tech behemoths. The directive will have to go through more committee discussions and another parliamentary vote before it can become law, but this doesn’t mean the polarizing legislation isn’t already making in-house counsel nervous.
By Ian Lopez
We asked University of Idaho College of Law Professor Annemarie Bridy, one of the forefront experts in both DMCA and automated notice sending, about out of control bots, DMCA takedowns’ potential threat to freedom of speech and more.