Copyright Law

The plaintiff is the widow of Louis K. Smith, who authored and copyrighted a book entitled The Hardscrabble Zone (“Hardscrabble”).  In 2009, Mr. Smith contracted with Smashwords, Inc. (“Smashwords”), an online ebook distributor, to market his book.  One relevant term of the agreement provided:
6d. Promotional Rights. Smashwords shall have the right to distribute samples of the Work in any form... More...
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United States of America v. Daniel Nathan West

Houston, TX - Accountant Convicted of Embezzling More than $3 Million from Houston Company

An accountant from Georgia admitted he committed wire fraud and stole more than $3 million from Houston company Airis International Holdings.

Daniel Nathan West, 50, of Duluth, Georgia, was previously employed as the treasurer and chief financial officer for Airis International Holdings. In... More...
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United States of America v. Chad Wayne Hogan

Beaumont, TX - Former Orange County Detective Guilty in HUD Fraud Scheme

A 47-year-old former Orange County Sheriff’s Detective has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Chad Wayne Hogan, of Orange, Texas, pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with money laundering today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

Acco... More...
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United States of America v. Juan Carlos Medina Cardenas

Miami, FL - Colombian Citizen Sentenced for his Participation in an International Money Laundering Conspiracy

A Colombian citizen was sentenced to 30 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release for his participation in an international money laundering conspiracy.

Juan Carlos Medina Cardenas, 46, previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit ... More...
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The common core standards were developed
in 2009 as part of a State-led initiative that included
governors and commissioners of education from forty-eight
States, two territories, and the District of Columbia working as
members of the National Governors Association Center for Best
Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The
purpose of the initiative... More...
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Michael Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin, et al.

Los Angeles, CA - Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the songs of Randy Wolfe, a member of the band Spirit, sued Led Zeppelin, James Patrick Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Anthony Plant and others on copyright violation theories claiming that the defendants stole the opening riff of "Stairway to Heaven."

The defendants denied wrongdoing.

Some Court Docket Entries:

Date File... More...
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United States v. Ganias

In August 2003, agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division
(“Army CID”) received an anonymous tip that Industrial Property Management
(“IPM”), a company providing security for and otherwise maintaining a
government-owned property in Stratford, Connecticut, pursuant to an Army
contract, had engaged in misconduct in connection with that work. In particular,
the... More...
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Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc.

San Francisco, CA - Jury Finds in Favor of Google on Patent Infringement Claims by Oracle

Oracle sued Google on patent infringement claim theories seeking $9 billing in damages. The case focused on 39 application programming interfaces that Google included in its Android operating system in 2009. The APIs that Google used were for Java.

The Java APIs were open-source, free for ... More...
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In re Waterfront Park Act 250 Amendment (Alison Lockwood, Appellant)

The material facts are not substantially in dispute. In 1990, the City obtained a
land-use permit for the Waterfront Park (the Park). The City hosted a number of events at the
Park in the summer of 1993 and may have hosted others prior to that time. In December 1993,
the City applied for an amendment to its permit to allow for hosting of festivals and public
events at the Pa... More...
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United States of America v. Kay Tee

Kansas City, KS - Federal Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts In Wichita Massage Parlor Prostitution Case

A federal jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts against a Wichita man in a massage parlor prostitution case.

They found defendant Kay Tee, 51, Wichita, Kan., guilty on one count of attempting to entice a person to cross state lines to engage in prostitution, one count of using... More...
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Kirk Lory v. Concord Equity Group Advisors, LLC

This action's relevant procedural history is not complex.
One month after Loury's nearly two-year employment as a Concord
executive ended, he filed a four-count complaint against
Concord. Three of the counts were dismissed for failure to
state a claim upon which relief could be granted. The surviving
count alleged Concord breached the parties' employment
agreement.... More...
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Simmons v. Stanberry

16 Plaintiff Tyrone Simmons appeals from a judgment of the United States District Court for
17 the Eastern District of New York (Irizarry, J.) dismissing his suit on grounds of untimeliness.
18 Simmons, who is a writer and performer of hip-hop music, brought this suit against hip-hop
19 producer William C. Stanberry, Jr., the well-known rapper Curtis Jackson (who performs under
20 ... More...
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United States of America v. Miguel Angel Gomez Rebolledo

Fresno, CA - Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Connection with Extensive Counterfeit Media Conspiracy in Central Valley

Miguel Angel Gomez Rebolledo, 35, of San Jose, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and related crimes.

Gomez Rebolledo was the last defendant to plead guilty in connection with an ... More...
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United States v. Thompson

The challenged portions of the indictment are as follows. Counts Seven through Twelve charge violations of three similar statutes: 18 U.S.C. §§ 2422 (in the indictment, "Interstate Prostitution"), 2421 ("Mann Act"), and 2423 ("Illicit Transportation of a Minor"). The Interstate Prostitution counts allege that Defendant induced "one or more individuals to travel in interstate commerce to engage in ... More...   $0 (12-26-2015 - NY)

Pipal Tech Ventures Private Limited v. MoEngage, Inc.

Plaintiff Pipal Tech is a closely-held corporation formed in 2011 under the laws of India with its principal place of business in India.4 Pipal Tech is in the business of developing, licensing, and supporting mobile and web-based applications. Non-parties Amit Baid, Raviteja Dodda, and Yashwanth Kumar are the founders of Pipal Tech.6 Dodda and Kumar are also former executives and board The fact... More...   $0 (12-19-2015 - DE)

United States of America v. Alvaun Thompson

A second superseding indictment charges Defendant in Count One with sex trafficking a child under the age of 14, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (a)(2), (b)(1); in Counts Two and Three with sex trafficking a child under the age of 18, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (a)(2), (b)(1), (b)(2); in Count Four with promoting prostitution, in violation of the Travel Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1952... More...   $0 (12-18-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Rex Yang, Jake Schwartz and Casey Lee Ross

Kansas City, MO - Six Defendants Plead Guilty to $100 Million Software Piracy Scheme

A Seattle, Wash., man has become the sixth defendant convicted in federal court for his role in one of the largest software piracy schemes ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“An investigation that began in Kansas City, Mo., uncovered one of the largest software piracy schemes ever... More...
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BMG Rights Management (US), LLC v. Cox Communications, Inc., et al.

Alexandria, VA - BMG Rights Management (US), LLC sued Cox Communications, Inc., FoxCom, LLC and Cox Enterprises, Inc. claiming that the defendants violated copyright laws by failing to reasonably implement a repeat-infringer policy and claiming that it was not entitled to the safe harbor exception under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Plaintiff claimed that Cox to be less than cooperative in... More...   $25000000 (12-17-2015 - VA)

Gregory Berry v. LexisNexis Risk and Information

The class action settlement at issue in this appeal is “the culmination of years of litigation and negotiations” between class counsel and the defendants, LexisNexis Risk and Information Analytics Group, Inc.; Seisint, Inc.; and Reed Elsevier Inc. (together, “Lexis”). Berry v. LexisNexis Risk & Info. Analytics Grp., Inc., No. 3:11-CV-754, 2014 WL 4403524, at *1 (E.D. Va. Sept. 5, 2014). The dis... More...   $0 (12-07-2015 - VA)

Leica Microsystems Inc v. Hernandez et al

In this removed action, plaintiff-counterdefendant’s motion to remand presents the
question whether the court has federal question jurisdiction despite the assertion of only
state-law claims in plaintiff-counterdefendant’s state court petition. Concluding that the
court does not have federal question jurisdiction, it grants the motion to remand and awards
plaintiff-counterdefenda... More...
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United States of America v. Rocky P. Ouprasith

Norfolk, VA - Operator of Second-Largest Music Piracy Website in the U.S. Sentenced to 3 Years for Criminal Copyright Infringement

Rocky P. Ouprasith, 23, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for reproducing and distributing without permission millions of infringing digital copies of copyrighted works, including copies of popular songs and albums befor... More...
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Duffey v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Duffey alleges the following background facts in the operative complaint. The court
accepts these facts as true for the purposes of this motion. Michael Coppel Promotions Pty. Ltd.
v. Michael Bolton, 982 F. Supp. 950, 953 (S.D.N.Y. 1997). This summary of the facts also
references two contracts and the Box of Flair itself, all of which are integral to the operative complaint.1 <... More...
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USF&G v. Ashley Reed

On July 12,2011, Plaintiff United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company ("USF&G")
filed a complaint against Defendants Ashley Reed Inc. ("Ashley Reed"), Scott Ressler, James
Ressler (collectively, the "Ashley Reed Defendants"), Fendi Adele, S.r.l., Fendi S.r.l, and Fendi
North America, Inc. (collectively, "Fendi"), seeking a declaratory judgment that three liability
insurance po... More...
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Hanover 3201 Realty LLC v. Village Supermarkets

Hanover 3201 Realty, LLC (“Hanover Realty”) signed a contract with Wegmans to develop a supermarket on its property in Hanover, New Jersey. The agreement required Hanover Realty to secure all necessary governmental permits and approvals prior to breaking ground. Village Supermarkets, Inc. (“ShopRite”) owns the local ShopRite. Once ShopRite and its subsidiary Hanover and Horsehill Development L... More...   $0 (11-13-2015 - NJ)

Authors Guild v. Google, Inc.

This copyright dispute tests the boundaries of fair use. Plaintiffs, who are authors of
28 published books under copyright, sued Google, Inc. (“Google”) for copyright infringement in the
29 United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Chin, J.). They appeal from
30 the grant of summary judgment in Google’s favor. Through its Library Project and its Google
31 ... More...
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