Led Zeppelin Wins “Stairway to Heaven” Copyright Fight Upon Appellate Replay — On Monday, an en banc Ninth Circuit panel excised the “inverse ratio” rule from copyright analysis, affirmed that the scope of copyright claims for works registered under the 1909 Copyright Act is limited to what is in the deposit copy, and provided plenty else to chew on for the copyright world.
Senate IP Subcommittee Examines Foreign Approaches to Digital Piracy in Second Hearing on U.S. Copyright Reform — On Tuesday, the Subcommittee continued its work looking at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and how it is working after two years in place. This hearing examined approaches to online piracy outside the U.S., with particular emphasis on the recent EU copyright directive.
SCOTUS rejects pair of copyright and design patent suits — The Supreme Court will not be reviewing Gold Value v. Sanctuary Clothing, a Ninth Circuit decision that invalidated a copyright registration due to inaccurate information on the application.
Inside the Strange, Insular World of Cheerleading Music — Vice profiles the thriving but niche industry providing the soundtrack to cheerleading competitions, along with the copyright and licensing issues that arise.
Library of Congress Announces Limited Access to Facilities until April 1 — The Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be closed to the public for the rest of the month of March due to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes the U.S. Copyright Office. “If you are a user of the U.S. Copyright Office’s services, submit your applications online, browse FAQs, and submit emails with questions through copyright.gov. You may also reach the Copyright Office by phone at (202) 707-3000.”