Trademark Case Law, Trade Secret Case Law, Intellectual Property Rights
A&M RECORDS, INC v NAPSTER, INC, 239 F-3d 1004 (9th Cir 2001) - Complaint A&M RECORDS, INC alleges that Napster, Inc. is a contributory and vicarious copyright infringer. Napster asserts an affirmative defense to the charge that its users directly infringe plaintiffs copyrighted musical compositions and sound recordings.
AALMUHAMMED v. LEE, 202 F.3d 1227 (9th Cir. 2000) - "This is a copyright case involving a claim of coauthorship of the movie Malcolm X. We reject the "joint work" claim but remand for further proceedings on a quantum meruit claim."
A&M v Napster, 2000 U S Dist Lexis 6243 (N D Cal 2000) - Defendant NAPSTER INC moves for summary adjudication of the applicability of a safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The court determines that Napster does not meet the requirements of subsection 512(a). Summary adjudication inappropriate. CAMPBELL v. ACUFF-ROSE MUSIC, INC., 510 U.S. 569 (1994) - That commercial character does not make it impossible for a use to be fair. That a commercial parody can be fair use.