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Recent Significant Copyright Decisions

These cases represent some of the most significant copyright decisions from 2016 to the present, shaping the landscape of copyright law in the United States.  Please consult with your attorney for the most up-to-date information and developments in copyright law.

  1. Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. (2021):  Significance: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Google, finding that its use of Oracle's Java API in Android constituted fair use. This decision clarified the boundaries of fair use in software development.
  2. Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v., LLC (2019):  Significance: The Supreme Court clarified the requirement for registering a copyright before filing a lawsuit. The decision emphasized the importance of registration for copyright protection.
  3. Allen v. Cooper (2020):  Significance: The Supreme Court held that states cannot be sued for copyright infringement under the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act, limiting the ability to enforce copyright against state entities.
  4. BMG Rights Management (US) LLC v. Cox Communications, Inc. (2018):  Significance: This case addressed the liability of internet service providers for copyright infringement by their users, defining standards for secondary liability.
  5. Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. VidAngel, Inc. (2019):  Significance: This case focused on copyright issues related to filtering and streaming services. The decision impacted the ability of companies to offer filtered versions of copyrighted content.
  6. Re: Capitol Records, LLC (2017):  Significance: In a case involving safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the decision clarified the responsibilities of online service providers in addressing copyright infringement.
  7. Re: Cox Communications, Inc. (2018):  Significance: This case highlighted the importance of repeat infringer policies for internet service providers and their obligations under the DMCA.
  8. BMG Rights Management (US) LLC v. Cox Communications, Inc. (2019):  Significance: This case explored the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) safe harbor provisions and the responsibilities of ISPs in dealing with repeat copyright infringers.
  9. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. v. X One X Productions, Inc. (2016):  Significance: This case addressed the issue of contributory copyright infringement and the liability of those providing tools or services used for copyright infringement.