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Seltzer v. Green Day: Ninth Circuit Upholds Green Day’s Fair Use of Street Art

By Tom Zuber and Jeff Zuber of Zuber Lawler & Del Duca

The Ninth Circuit recently upheld a fair use judgment in favor of Green Day in its use of an artist’s drawing in a concert backdrop. In Seltzer v. Green Day, Nos. 11-56573 and 11-57160 (9th Cir. Aug. 7, 2013), the Court relied heavily on its findings that Green Day’s use… More...

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Copyright Office Continues to Explore Ways of Adjudicating Small Claims

Remedies for Small Copyright Claims: Third Request for Comments  |  Docket No. 2011–10, Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 38  |  3/26/2013

The United States Copyright Office is requesting public comment for the third time on the topic of adjudicating small copyright claims. More...

Copyright Royalty Judges Announce Receipt of Notice of Intent to Audit 2009, 2010, and 2011 Statements of LAST.FM, LTD.

Notice of Intent to Audit  |  Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 9, NewsNet Issue 485  |  1/15/2013

The Copyright Royalty Judges has announced receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2009, 2010, and 2011 statements of account submitted by, Ltd. More...

Copyright Office Reviews Problem of Orphan Works under U.S. Copyright Law

Orphan Works and Mass Digitization  |  Orphan Works and Mass Digitization  |  10/22/2012

The Copyright Office is reviewing the problem of orphan works under U.S. copyright law in continuation of its previous work on the subject and to advise Congress on possible next steps for the United States. More...

Copyright Office Seeks Comments on Resale Royalties

Resale Royalty Right  |  Docket No. 2012–10  |  9/19/2012

The Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice requesting written comments on how current copyright law affects and supports visual artists and how a federal resale royalty right for visual artists would affect current and future practices of groups or individuals involved in the creation, licensing, sale, exhibition, dissemination, and preservation of works of visual art. More...

CR Judges Announce Receipt of Notices to Audit 2009-2011 Statements of Account of DKCM, Inc. and Greater Media, Inc.

Issue 88, Federal Register Vol. 77, No. 166  |  Notice of Intent To Audit  |  8/27/2012

The Copyright Royalty Judges have announced receipt of two notices to audit the 2009, 2010, and 2011 statements of account submitted by DKCM, Inc., a commercial webcaster, and Greater Media, Inc., a broadcaster. More...

CRJs Solicit Comments on Motion for Partial Distribution

Distribution of 2011 DART Sound Recordings Fund Royalties  |  CRJ Issue 87, Docket No. 2012–3 CRB DD 2011  |  8/7/2012

The Copyright Royalty Judges (“CRJs” or “Judges”) are soliciting comments on a motion for partial distribution of 2011 royalties from the Digital Audio Recording Technology (DART) Sound Recordings Fund. More...

CRJs Announce Proceeding to Determine Distribution of 2005-08 Royalties in Dart Musical Works Fund

Distribution of the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Digital Audio Recording Technology Royalty Funds for the Musical Works Funds  |  Copyright Office Issue 85, Docket No. 2010–8 CRB DD 2005–2008 (MW), 77 FR 42764  |  7/26/2012

The Copyright Royalty Judges are commencing a proceeding to determine the distribution of 2005–08 royalties remaining in the Digital Audio Recording Technology Musical Works Fund. More...

Copyright Office Conducts Proceedings on Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems

Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies  |  37 CFR Part 201, Docket No. RM 2011–7  |  3/15/2012

The Copyright Office is conducting this rulemaking proceeding mandated by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which provides that the Librarian of Congress may designate certain classes of works as exempt from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works when such circumvention is done to engage in noninfringing uses of works in the designated classes. More...

Copyright Office Issues Corrections to Specialty Station List

Cable Statutory License: Specialty Station List; Correction  |  Docket No. 2011–1  |  11/28/2011

The Copyright Office periodically seeks to update its list of specialty stations related to the use of the cable compulsory license. Specialty station status is determined by reference to the former regulations of the Federal Communications Commission in effect on June 24, 1981, which defined a specialty station as "a commercial television broadcast station that generally carries foreign-language, religious, and/or automated programming in one-third of the hours of an average broadcast week and one-third of the weekly prime-time hours." More...

Copyright Office Publishes Report on Federal Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Federal Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings  |  Pre-1972 Sound Recordings, NewsNet Issue 446  |  12/28/2011

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued its report on Federal Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings, as required under the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009. More...

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The following companies are mentioned in Copyright Law Updates:

MGA Entertainment (HK) Ltd.

Mattel, Inc.

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

MGA Entertainment Inc.

UMG Recordings, Inc.

Frank Diana City Entertainment

Television Music License Committee

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RealNetworks, Inc.

AOL LLC f.k.a. America Online, Inc.

Northern Lights Products, Inc. d.b.a.

Litecubes, LLC

Poof Apparel Corp.

Derek Andrew, Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc.

Geoffrey Productions, Inc.

Universal City Studios LLLP

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Turner Network Television LP, LLLP

Turner Network Sales, Inc.

Turner Classic Movies, LP, LLLP

Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

The Cartoon Network LP, LLP

Paramount Pictures Corp.

NBC Studios, Inc.

Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Veoh Networks, Inc.

CSC Holdings, Inc.

CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Cablevision Systems Corp.

Cable News Network LP, LLLP

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Kamind Associates, Inc. a.k.a. KAM Industries

Westbound Records, Inc.

All Headline News Corp.

Janice Combs Publishing, Inc. d.b.a. Justin Combs Publishing

American Software Development Company, Inc.

Bad Boy Records LLC

Affordable Video Systems, Ltd.

Bad Boy Entertainment, Inc. d.b.a. Bad Boy Records

Dream Games of Arizona, Inc.

Yahoo! Inc.

Rondor Music International, Inc.

MLE Music

American Society of Journalists and Authors

IO Group, Inc.

Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc.

Julie Ann’s, Inc.