On June 4th, the US Copyright Office published a report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization. The report addresses two situations where the current US copyright system may not fulfill its aim to “promote the Progress of Science”: orphan works and mass-digitization. As regards orphan works, the Office notes that a user’s ability to seek…

A former draftsman for an architectural design firm who resigned while working on a project for one of the firm’s clients, a builder, did not infringe the firm’s copyrights in home plans that the draftsman drew while working for the firm and then used to complete the project for the builder, the U.S. Court of…

An actress in the controversial anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims lacked a copyright interest in her performance in the film and was not entitled to a preliminary injunction against the film’s display on YouTube, the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco has held in an en banc opinion (Garcia v. Google, Inc., May 18,…

A podiatric medical practice and its principal could not bring a copyright infringement claim against a billing company for unauthorized use of the practice’s medical data, including office procedures, patient information, and operational rules, because the data at issue had not been registered with the Copyright Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has…

This article was originally published on the Media Institute website – see here.  It is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author. In a previous column for the Media Institute (Feb. 17, 2015), I urged that any copyright reform legislation that emerges from the preparations for “the next great copyright act” should ensure both…

Please click here to find US copyright cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals with a detailed summary of each case. Recently added from our US IP Law Daily service: Gaylord v. U.S., United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, No. 2014-5020, 4 February…