After Raging Bull Ruling, Statute of Limitations is Meaningless in Copyright

In a bizarre ruling that effectively eliminates the very notion of a Statute of Limitations on Copyright infringement suits, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that “Under the [Copyright] Act, each infringing act equates to a new wrong, thus triggering a new limitations period.” That logic stretch enabled the Court to find in favor of […]

Federal Circuit Rules, Erroneously, That Programming APIs are Copyright, Compares Them to Dickens

The Federal Circuit Court once again revealed its lack of understanding about the intersection of copyright and tech by overturning a lower court verdict and declaring that programming language application program interfaces (APIs) are subject to copyright. These APIs are intentionally short pieces of text such as “java.lang.ref” and “” whose only purpose is to […]

Just Because a Photo is Tweeted Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Under Copyright Protection

Web publishers who publish photographs that they find on the Web must identify and obtain permission from the photographer or copyright holder or face stiff financial penalties. In the New York case, Agence France Presse v. Morel, 2011 WL 147718 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 14, 2011), photographer Daniel Morel had taken some photos of the Haitian earthquake […]