Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in the case Impression Products v. Lexmark International. The brief was joined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the R Street Institute.
Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Perfect 10 v. Giganews before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries joined Public Knowledge in this brief arguing that online services are not directly liable for any potential copyright infringement performed by their users.
It may seem hard to believe that the future of the Internet is at the forefront of an “extremely boring case about invisible braces.” But that’s exactly what’s happening with a case called ClearCorrect v. International Trade Commission, which was argued this morning before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Today, the Supreme Court announced that it has refused to hear the Google v. Oracle case. The case involves the copyrightability of Oracle’s application programming interface (API), a part of the Java programming language and system. The case attracted widespread attention last May, when the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Oracle could assert a copyright over its API, which consists of a specification of commands for operating the Java system. By this decision, the Supreme Court lets the Federal Circuit decision stand.
Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises. The case, which is over a patent on a Spider-Man web-shooting toy, addresses the question of whether a patent owner can charge royalties based on a patent even after the patent has expired. The Supreme Court decided that such an arrangement was impermissible in a previous case called Brulotte v. Thys Co. The patent owners in this case, Stephen Kimble and Robert Grabb, ask that the former decision be overturned.