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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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New Cataloging Guidelines for Pictures Now Available in Online Publication

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Graphics)  |  No.______  |  1/9/2014

The Library of Congress and the Association of College and Research Libraries have updated the cataloging guidelines for describing pictures, and they are now available in a free, online book, "Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Graphics)." More...

Copyright Office Releases New Report on Resale Royalties

Resale Royalties: An Updated Analysis  |  Copyright NewsNet Issue 520  |  12/13/2013

The U.S. Copyright Office has publicly released a report on the issue of resale royalties for visual artists, or the “droit de suite.” More...

Copyright Office Releases Report on Copyright Small Claims

Copyright Small Claims - A Report of the Register of Copyrights  |  Issue 518  |  9/30/2013

The U.S. Copyright Office released the findings of its two-year study on copyright small claims. More...

Historic Treaty Adopted, Boosts Access to Books for Visually Impaired Persons Worldwide

Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabl  |  WIPO No. PR/2013/741, VIP/DC/8  |  6/27/2013

International negotiators meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have adopted a landmark new treaty that boosts access to books for the benefit of hundreds of millions of people who are blind, visually impaired and print-disabled. More...

Negotiators Begin Work on Finalizing New Treaty to Improve Access to Books for Visually Impaired Persons

Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities  |  WIPO PR/2013/739  |  6/18/2013

More than 600 negotiators from WIPO’s 186 member states has begun work on finalizing a new international treaty to ease access to books for blind, visually impaired, and other print disabled people. More...

Copyright Royalty Judges Solicit Comments on Motion For Partial Distribution of 2011 Satellite Royalty Funds

Distribution of 2011 Satellite Royalty Funds  |  78 FR 4169, Docket No. 2012–10 CRB SD 2011  |  1/18/2013

The Copyright Royalty Judges are soliciting comments on a motion of Phase I claimants for partial distribution in connection with the 2011 satellite royalty funds. More...

Copyright Office Amends Regulations on Cable Royalty Refunds

Refunds Under the Cable Statutory License  |  37 CFR Part 201, Docket No. 2010–3  |  1/9/2013

The Copyright Office has amended its regulations to clarify its practices for providing refunds of cable royalties under provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA). More...

WIPO Advances Toward Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities

Draft Treaty on Limitations and Exceptions for Visually Impaired Persons/Persons with Print Disabilities  |  WIPO PR/2012/727, Document SCCR/25/2  |  12/18/2012

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly has taken a landmark decision to convene a diplomatic conference in 2013 to complete negotiations on a pact to improve access to copyrighted works for the many visually impaired and people with print disabilities around the world. More...

Copyright Royalty Judges Announce Rates And Terms for Use of Certain Works in Connection with Noncommerical Broadcasting for Period January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2017

Determination of Reasonable Rates and Terms for Noncommercial Broadcasting  |  37 CFR Part 381, 77 FR 71104, Docket No. 2011–2 CRB NCEB II  |  11/29/2012

The Copyright Royalty Judges have published final regulations setting the rates and terms for use of certain works in connection with noncommercial broadcasting under section 118 of the Copyright Act. More...

Library of Congress Publishes Final Rule in Section 1201 Proceeding

Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies  |  37 CFR Part 201, Docket No. 2011–7  |  10/26/2012

The Librarian of Congress, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, has announced the classes of works to be subject to the exemption from the prohibition in 17 U.S.C. section 1201(a)(1) against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. More...

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The following companies are mentioned in Copyright Law Updates:

MGA Entertainment (HK) Ltd.

Mattel, Inc.

UMG Recordings, Inc.

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

MGA Entertainment Inc.

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.

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.

Universal Music-MBG Music Publishing Ltd.

Lava Films, LLC

Proquest Company

Eagle Services Corp.

Universal Music Corp.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment, LLC