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2019-2021 Court Cases in the News
Dr. Suess and Star Track mash-up
On December 19, 2020, the 9th Circuit Court of Court of Appeals Says “No Seuss For You!” by Stephen Carlisle, January 6, 2021. Carlisle wrote, "Appeals definitively ruled that the Dr. Seuss-Star Trek “mash-up” titled Oh, The Places You’ll Boldly Go was not fair use."
2016 Court Cases in the News
Recording Engineers & Re-Mastering
A California judge rules that a recording engineer's work constitutes sufficient creativity to create a new copyright of a sound recording when it is re-mastered from analog to digital. This is mainly regarding pre-1972 recordings.
Madonna & Sampling
This case concerns a 0.23 second sampling of a horn hit in Madonna's song Vogue. The judge ruled that the sampling was small enough to be trivial and therefore, not a copyright violation.
2015 Court Cases in the News
2014 Court Cases in the News
HathiTrust Wins Battle with Authors
In this round, a federal appeals court has upheld the 2012 ruling in favor of HathiTrust. The ruling is that their database of searchable, full-text works counts as fair use. Additionally, making the book available in other formats for people with different abilities is also covered under fair use.
What's Up in Congress?
See what's being proposed in Congress as well as links for info on hearings & international issues.
The Next Great Copyright Act
A speech by the Registrar of Copyrights delivered at Columbia Law School. It provided a historical overview of the development of U.S. copyright law and explained why a comprehensive review of our law is now needed. These views were also presented to Congress
and lead to a series of hearings on copyright.
2012 Court Cases in the News
UCLA & Streaming of Films
Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about the Association for Information Media and Equipment et al. v. Regents of the University of California et al. (No. 2:10-cv-09378-CBM), in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Fair Use, HathiTrust, & UC
UCSD Blog article about preserving materials in HathiTrust