Are States Totally Immune from Copyright Infringement Suits?

For the most part, state institutions have procedures in place that ensure the legal and respectful use of copyrighted materials, including guidelines when questions arise, such as the limits of fair use or the conditions of the TEACH Act. However, an August 2021 report of the U.S. Copyright Office entitled Copyright and State Sovereign Immunity (the […]

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Supreme Court to Clarify Copyright Act Knowledge and Publication Standards: Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz, LP

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Margaret Horstman

On November 8, 2021, the United States Supreme Court will hear a case to determine the scope of 17 U.S.C. §411, which prevents the filing of a lawsuit for copyright infringement without a valid copyright. The Court will also consider the meaning of the Copyright Act’s publication standard, deciding whether separate sales constitute separate publications. […]

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