Supreme Court Grants Cert in Unicolors v. H&M to Consider Whether Section 411 Includes Intent-to-Defraud Requirement — The first copyright case to land on the Supreme Court’s 2022 docket arrived this week, with the Court agreeing to decide when copyright registrations with inaccurate information can be invalidated by courts.
Street Artist Kaves Slaps the NYPD With a Lawsuit, Saying It Illegally Whitewashed a New York Mural He Painted With Full Permission — According to Artnet News, “The artist is asking the court to decide whether the NYPD’s policy and practices violate the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), which gives artists certain protections for public art projects.”
AAP Vows to Protect Copyright from All Challengers — “In his opening remarks, Napack praised the publishing community for ‘keeping the river of ideas flowing’ during the pandemic, especially as the industry faced threats and challenges from different quarters. He promised that AAP would continue to fight against forces that ‘chip away’ against freedom of expression as well as those who seek to erode copyright protection.”
New EU copyright rules that will benefit creators, businesses and consumers start to apply — From the EU Commission: “This Monday 7 June marks the deadline for Member States to transpose the new EU copyright rules into national law. The new Copyright Directive protects creativity in the digital age, bringing concrete benefits to citizens, the creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators and cultural heritage institutions across the EU. At the same time, the new Directive on television and radio programmes will make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes on their online services available across borders. Furthermore, today, the Commission has published its guidance on Article 17 of the new Copyright Directive, which provides for new rules on content-sharing platforms.”
The American Law Institute Proceeds with its Misstatement of Copyright Project — “Next week, sections of the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Copyright Restatement will be offered for approval for the first time at the ALI’s annual membership meeting. If approved by the full membership, these sections will be made publicly available and may then be cited by attorneys in briefs and used by judges to help decide copyright cases. The problem is that the Restatement project has been plagued from the start with a myriad of substantive and procedural deficiencies that remain unaddressed.”