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Use of under 10% of photos in catalogue raisonné was fair use

De Fontbrune v. Wofsy, No. 5:13-cv-05957-EJD (N.D. Cal. Sept. 12, 2019) De Fontbrune first sued defendants in France in the late 1990s for publishing a book, The Picasso Project, which reproduced photographs of Picasso’s works. (Defendants allegedly used over 1400 … Continue reading

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Dastar bars Lanham Act claims against unauthorized copying of photo for album cover

Patterson v. Diggs, No. 18-CV-03142 (NSR), 2019 WL 3996493 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 23, 2019) Patterson is “an internationally known photographer” who took photos of “a nickel-silver casing created by nonparty Moroccan company Yahya Creation” without a written contract and without being … Continue reading

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IPSC: Closing Plenary

Stephanie Plamondon Bair, Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School Innovation’s Paradox Innovation begets innovation in a virtuous cycle … at least sometimes. Not all innovations are productive, which is fine; it’s trial and error. But some innovations may … Continue reading

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IPSC: Copyright History

Bruce Boyden, Marquette University Law School Substantial Similarity, from Equity to Legal Process Multistep tests as recent inventions. Test for infringement was created in a very different legal environment and many of its current problems stem from the fact that … Continue reading

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IPSC: Fair Use

Matthew Sag, Loyola University Chicago School of Law The Missing Theoretical Foundation of Transformative Use Campbell v. Acuff Rose had lots of changes to the work and explicit critical stance v. original—the only reason the Sixth Circuit held not fair … Continue reading

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A Celebration of the Work of Wendy Gordon, part 4

A Natural Right to Copy by Glynn Lunney, Texas A&M University School of Law Thanks to the great women who encouraged intellectual honesty in topics and analysis of topics, not just Gordon but also Litman, Samuelson, others.  Gordon doesn’t agree w/how far … Continue reading

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A Celebration of the Work of Wendy Gordon, part 3

Death in Copyright: Remarks on Duration by Abraham Drassinower, University of Toronto Faculty of Law What would a rights based account of duration look like?  Really about death, not duration. Patents have a fixed term; trademark registrations also persist for a specific amount … Continue reading

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