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9th Circuit Says Copyright Attorney Fees Available in Declaratory Suits

A declaratory judgment action for copyright abandonment can give rise to fee shifting under the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in a case of first impression.

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A declaratory judgment action for copyright abandonment can give rise to fee shifting under the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in a case of first impression. Doc’s Dream LLC v. Dolores Press Inc., 18-56073. The appeal court’s decision means that a Georgia minister’s company that rebroadcasts the sermons of TV preacher Eugene Scott could be on the hook for up to $307,000 in attorney fees.

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