On June 27, 2005 on a copyright ruling, nine justices of the Supreme Court agreed, in MGM v. Grokster, that the distributors of devices capable of both lawful and unlawful uses are liable for the infringing acts of third parties, where, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps, the distributors promote the infringement. Distinguishing Sony,
In June this year, the Supreme Court held that section 43(a) of the Lanham Act does not bar the uncredited copying of a work whose copyright has expired. The producer of “copies” is considered the “origin” of those “goods” within the meaning of the statute, and the producer of those goods neither falsely designates its
At the beginning of this year, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (the “CTEA” or “Act”), which extends the existing term of copyright protection for an additional 20-year period. The district court had earlier held that the 20-year extension, though longer than the term in the
In a significant free speech decision, the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year affirmed the holding of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that two key provisions of The Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996 (CPPA) are overbroad and, therefore, violate the First Amendment. The first provision would have criminalized “any visual