Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and Back to its Original Author

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that the rights to the familiar Christmas tune “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” will revert to the original artist’s heirs in 2016. The original composers, John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, licensed the rights to the song in 1934 to Leo Feist, Inc., presently known […]

“Blurred Lines” Copyright Infringement: Implications for Software Developers

Yesterday, a federal jury found that the song “Blurred Lines” (by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Clifford Harris, Jr.) was substantially similar to the song “Got to Give it Up” (by Marvin Gaye) and awarded over $7 million in copyright infringement damages.  Because the similarities between the songs were largely based on several very small […]

How to Register your API with the Copyright Office

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision last week in Oracle v. Google has been touted as a decision that application programming https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/ interfaces (APIs) are copyrightable.  See, for example, the article “Tech World Stunned as court ruled Oracle can own APIs.”  So the next logical question is how does one go about registering copyright […]

Oracle v. Google – Interoperability and Copyright Infringement

If you thought that you could do whatever you needed to do to achieve interoperability and be safe from copyright infringement, think again.  The Federal Circuit’s ruling last Friday in Oracle v. Google puts a finer point on the limits of interoperability as a defense to copyright infringement. Quick Background (if you know the facts […]

Round Up – Things You May Have Missed (including some good summer cocktail banter material)

Cyber Security Report – Earlier this year, Verizon released viagra femme france montreal its 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report.  The report analyzes and presents data regarding the current state of various data breaches and network attacks.  Some of the results are surprising.             92% of breaches are perpetrated by outsiders             19% of breaches are […]

Are Application Programming Interfaces (API) Copyrightable?

On the one year anniversary of the judge’s decision in Oracle vs. Google throwing levitra dosage timing out a jury’s findings and ruling that Oracle’s Java API’s were not copyrightable, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is chiming in with its perspective. A little background.  The case is Oracle v. Google, 872 F.Supp.2d 974 (N.D.Cal. 2012).  Oracle […]

New Jersey District Court Decision Provides A New Reason for Copyright Owners to Register Early

The mantra of copyright lawyers is that “copyright subsists from the moment of creation.”  While that is true, it’s not the whole story.  A recent New Jersey District Court has decided a case of first impression as to whether a copyright holder must have a registration in hand in (as opposed to having merely filed […]

2012 New Jersey IT Survey (Technology & Talent Trends)

In June, the New Jersey Technology Council, in collaboration with Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla and Withum, Smith & Brown, conducted a survey of  approximately 150 New Jersey IT company executives.  Some of the results were surprising.  Here is a quick summary of some of the top findings: Size of Companies Participating in Survey 7.4% – […]

Real Estate Development Dispute Over Copyright in Engineering Plans – State Court or Federal Court?

Who settles copyright disputes in ownership of real estate development engineering plans: State Court or Federal Court?  A recent New Jersey District Court case recently answered this question. In Pennoni Associates, Inc. v. Medford Village East Associates, LLC (D.N.J. Dec. 20, 2011) the court was presented with this very issue. Copyright ownership in engineering plans […]

Copyright in Aerial Photos

In November, the New Jersey district court threw out the $20,000,000 copyright infringement claim of an aerial photographer due to the running of the statute of limitations on the claim. Bruss v. Berger, 2008 WL 5111284. This case is a good reminder that copyright claims must generally be filed within 3 years after the claim […]