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U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY Denies Class Certification in YouTube Copyright Case

On May 15, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an order in The Football Association Premier League Limited v. YouTube Inc. denying the plaintiff’s request for class certification. According to the court, the potential class was too numerous and involved highly individualized claims that could not be resolved by […]

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Ninth Circuit Clarifies Requirements for Vicarious and Contributory Copyright Infringement Claims

In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Luvdarts et al. v. AT&T Mobility et. al. (9th Cir. March 25, 2013). Luvdarts, the plaintiff-appellant, appealed from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California’s dismissal of its vicarious and contributory copyright infringement claims against certain wireless carriers […]

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Ninth Circuit Clarifies Requirements of DMCA Safe Harbor Provision in Veoh Networks Case

In March, the Ninth Circuit issued a revised opinion in UMG Recordings Inc. v. Shelter Capital LLC and Veoh Networks Inc.  No. 09—55902 (9th Cir. 2013). In its opinion, the court upheld the district court’s granting of the defendant’s motion for summary judgment because it was protected from a copyright infringement lawsuit by the safe harbor […]

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US Supreme Court Decides that First-Sale Doctrine Extends to Copyrighted Works Published Abroad

Recently, the US Supreme Court decided Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 568 U. S. ____ (2013). In the opinion, written by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court held that the first-sale doctrine extends to copies of a copyrighted work that have been lawfully made abroad and thereby reversed the decision of the lower court. […]

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