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Litigation tactics employed by frequent filers of copyright infringement suits may face heavy criticism in light of a recent ruling by a federal judge in New Jersey. Prejudice to defendants and the administration of justice outweigh the interest of plaintiff Strike 3 Holdings in obtaining expedited discovery in a group of piracy suits against John Doe defendants, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider of the District of New Jersey decided. Although expedited discovery had been granted to Strike 3 and other repeat copyright litigants in the past, new case law has been published and the court has learned of new material information that was not previously presented, Magistrate Schneider said. Strike 3 Holdings LLC v. Doe, 18-2674.
By Stan Soocher
The U.S. Copyright Act states that a civil copyright action must be filed within three years of its accrual. How this applies to copyright infringement and to copyright ownership claims, including in the same case, isn’t always clear. But two recent federal appeals courts decisions have provided guidance on the differences in accrual for each of these copyright claims.
By Dylan Jackson
As millions of Americans turned to television and movies for diversion and comfort amid the coronavirus pandemic and resulting business shutdowns, the companies that create that content were left scratching their heads about how to resume business safely when they are allowed. Davis Wright Tremaine launched a new group in hopes of providing the answers.
By Jenna Greene
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By Sidney S. Fohrman and Ariel D. Shpigel
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