Items tagged "amicus brief"

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Consumer Rights at Center of Impression v. Lexmark Supreme Court Case, Groups Argue

January 23, 2017 amicus brief , Patents , Supreme Court

Today, Public Knowledge joins a group of consumer organizations in an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in the case Impression Products v. Lexmark International. The organizations on the brief include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AARP, Mozilla, and the R Street Institute.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Battle

August 31, 2016 amicus brief , Copyright , Music Copyright

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Williams v. Gaye, the “Blurred Lines” case, before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This brief argues that creative works build upon other creative works, and thus copyright law should not limit creativity by expanding over non-copyrightable elements in those works.

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Public Knowledge Supports Consumer Choice in FilmOn Case

July 26, 2016 amicus brief , FilmOn , Online Video , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Yesterday, Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus brief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that online cable services like FilmOn qualify for the same statutory copyright licenses as traditional cable systems. This license allows qualifying services to carry broadcast programming, provided they are otherwise complying with Federal Communications Commission rules. Public Knowledge rejects the idea that traditional pay-TV should receive special treatment denied to online video services.

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Protect Consumer Innovators from Copyright Overreach, Public Knowledge Tells Supreme Court

July 22, 2016 amicus brief , Copyright Office , Copyright Reform

Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined nine other organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court case Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands. The case, which will likely be argued this fall, is on the question of whether stripe patterns in cheerleading uniforms is subject to copyright protection.

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Public Interest Groups Urge Supreme Court to Fix Unbalanced Design Patent Damages Law

June 7, 2016 amicus brief , Patent Reform , Patents , Supreme Court

Today, Public Knowledge joined four other organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in the Samsung v. Apple case. The case concerns a recent federal appellate court decision in the Apple-Samsung smartphone patent litigation. The Supreme Court will review that appellate court’s holding that an infringer of a design patent must pay all profits made on the infringing product.

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Public Knowledge Urges Supreme Court to Protect Consumer Ownership Rights in Patent Case

April 21, 2016 amicus brief , Patent Reform , Patents

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.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in Perfect 10 v. Giganews Copyright Battle

March 3, 2016 amicus brief , Copyright

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.

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Public Knowledge Disappointed by Supreme Court Denial of Certiorari for Google v. Oracle

June 29, 2015 amicus brief , Copyright

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.

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Public Knowledge Joins Spider-Man in Protecting the Public Interest in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises

March 4, 2015 amicus brief , Patent Reform

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.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Overbroad Copyrights on Computer Interfaces in Supreme Court Amicus Brief

November 7, 2014 amicus brief , Copyright

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in the case Google, Inc. v. Oracle America, Inc. In the brief, Public Knowledge urges the Supreme Court to hear a case on Oracle’s copyright lawsuit over the application programming interface (API) to the Java programming language and system.

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