Opinion analysis: Sharply divided bench rejects Georgia’s copyright in annotations of Georgia statutes — Writing for SCOTUSBlog, Ronald Mann looks at Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Georgia v. Public.Resource.org, which considered when works by government officials are precluded from copyright protection. Read the full opinion here.
Appeals Court Reviews ‘Star Trek’/Dr. Seuss Mashup — Later that same day, the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in Dr. Seuss Enterprises v. ComicMix. Eriq Gardner takes a look at what went down. View a recording of the arguments yourself here.
Preparing for 2021 — January 1, 2021, is the date the new blanket license created by the Music Modernization Act becomes available. The Mechanical Licensing Collective, which was designated to administer the unprecedented license, has been hard at work gearing up for the launch. Here, they provide some essential steps songwriters and publishers can start taking now to ensure they are getting the royalties they are entitled to when the license becomes available. Be sure to also check out the Copyright Office’s own update on developments regarding the MMA, including a set of notices soliciting public comment that were recently published and an entire page of printed and video materials to explain the MMA and what it means for musicians.
Infogroup $21.2 mln judgment against DatabaseUSA and ousted founder is upheld — Reuters reports on a recent decision from the Eighth Circuit regarding the copyrightability of databases. Read the full decision in Infogroup v. DatabaseLLC here.