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William Roberts, II, a/k/a Rick Ross and Andrew Harr v. Stefan Kendal Gordy, Skyler Austen Gorday Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

William L. Roberts II, Andrew Harr, and Jermaine Jackson (collectively “Appellants”), who are artists in the hip-hop industry, appeal the dismissal of their copyright infringement case. On appeal, they argue that their copyright registrations were improperly invalidated under 17 U.S.C. § 411 without a showing of scienter and that they made a proper showing of copyright ownership. Appellees counter... More...   $0 (12-15-2017 - FL)

Energy Intelligence Group, Inc. v. Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.L.C. Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Jury Awards Publisher $585,000 In Damages On Copyright Claim

Energy Intelligence Group, Inc. sued Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors on a copy right violation theory claiming that the Defendant wrongfully copied its energy newsletters. It claimed that Defendant shared five subscriptions of "Oil Daily" with others in the investment firm who did not have subscriptions. Thirty-nin... More...
   $585000 (12-08-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. David Donadeo Northern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, OH - Former Broadview Heights man sentenced to nearly six years in prison for defrauding Cuyahoga Heights School District out of $2.6 million

A former Broadview Heights man was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud the Cuyahoga Heights School District out of millions of dollars, law enforcement officials said.

David Donadeo, 43, (f... More...
   $2600000 (12-06-2017 - OH)

Joyce Bartholomew v. Youtube, LLC

We are asked in this case to decide whether a musician stated a claim for libel per
quod against the popular video viewing Web site, YouTube. When YouTube decided to
block access to Joyce Bartholomew’s video, it posted a statement that the video had
violated YouTube’s terms of service, a statement which also provided a hyperlink to a list
of examples and tips, a list YouTube called... More...
   $0 (12-03-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Dan Calvert Wallen Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

Dan Wallen appeals his conviction after a bench trial for
killing three grizzly bears in violation of the Endangered
Species Act. Although we reject Wallen’s argument that he
was entitled to a jury trial, we hold the magistrate judge, who
served as the trier of fact at trial, misconceived the selfdefense
element of the offense, and that error was not
harmless. We hold the “... More...
   $0 (10-29-2017 - MT)

SAS Institute, Inc. v. World Programming Limited Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse

SAS Institute (SAS) and World Programming Limited (WPL) are competitors in the market for statistical analysis software. SAS alleges that WPL breached a license agreement for SAS software and violated copyrights on that software. We agree with the district court that the contractual terms at issue are unambiguous and that SAS has shown that WPL violated those terms. We thus affirm the district cou... More...   $0 (10-24-2017 - OK)

DRK Photo v. McGraw-Hill Global Education Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco, California

This appeal raises the now often litigated issue of whether a stock photography agency—here, the Arizona-based agency DRK Photo (“DRK”)—has standing under the Copyright Act of 1976 to pursue infringement claims involving photographs from its collection. Ultimately, there is no bright line answer to this question. Here, we affirm the grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants, McGraw-Hill Glo... More...   $0 (09-16-2017 - AZ)

United States of America v. $11,500 In United States Currency Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco, California

This appeal is from a civil forfeiture of $11,500 under
21 U.S.C. § 881(a)(6). The claimant and his wife are heroin
addicts, who have been buying and selling drugs for most of
their lives. When the claimant, through a friend, tried to post
the $11,500 as bail for his wife, the government seized the
cash. At trial, the government had two theories: first, that the
money was p... More...
   $0 (09-06-2017 - OR)

Filmon.com v. Doubleverify, Inc.

Plaintiff FilmOn.com (FilmOn) is an Internet-based
entertainment media provider. Defendant DoubleVerify, Inc.
(DoubleVerify) provides authentication services to online
advertisers. FilmOn sued DoubleVerify for trade libel, slander,
and other business-related torts, alleging DoubleVerify falsely
classified FilmOn’s websites under the categories “Copyright
Infringement-File S... More...
   $0 (07-26-2017 - CA)

Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, et al.

“Registration” of a copyright is a precondition to filing suit for copyright infringement. 17 U.S.C. § 411(a). This appeal requires us to decide an issue that
* Honorable Danny J. Boggs, United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, sitting by designation.
Case: 16-13726 Date Filed: 05/18/2017 Page: 1 of 11
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has divided the circuits: whether registration occurs when an owner ... More...
   $0 (05-18-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Mamadou Aliou Simakha

Atlanta, GA - Member of CD and DVD Counterfeiting Ring in Atlanta Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison

A Dakar, Senegal, man was sentenced to 60 months in prison for his involvement in a counterfeit DVD and CD ring.

Mamadou Aliou Simakha, 41, was also ordered to pay $70,894 in restitution, jointly and severally with his co-defendants, by U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr. of ... More...
   $0 (03-22-2017 - GA)

United State of America v. Daniel George Fisher


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Minneapolis, MN - Attorney Pleads Guilty For Role In Multi-Million Dollar Scheme... More...
   $0 (03-19-2017 - MN)

Sergey Efremov v. Geosteering, L.L.C.

Plaintiff/appellee GeoSteering LLC sued defendant/appellant Sergey Efremov seeking a temporary restraining order, a temporary injunction, a permanent injunction, and damages. The trial court entered a temporary injunction in GeoSteering’s favor, and Efremov brought this interlocutory appeal.
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BACKGROUND
The service of “geosteering” involves monitoring drilling operations using real-ti... More...
   $0 (03-15-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Deric Lostutter

Lexington, KY - Winchester Man Sentenced To 24 Months For Illegally Hacking Into Website And Lying To Federal Agents

A Winchester, Ky., man, who previously admitted to hacking and taking control of a high school sports website, to gain publicity for his online identity and harass and intimidate the website owner and others, has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.

U.S. ... More...
   $0 (03-08-2017 - KY)

United States of America v. John L. Steele

Minneapolis, MN - Attorney Pleads Guilty For Role In Multi-Million Dollar Scheme To Fraudulently Obtain Copyright Infringement Settlements From Victims Who Downloaded Porn

John L. Steele, pleaded guilty for his role in a multi-million dollar scheme to fraudulently obtain payments to settle sham copyright infringement lawsuits by lying to state and federal courts throughout the country. On... More...
   $0 (03-07-2017 - MN)

Zenimax Media, Inc., et al. v. Oculus VR, Inc., Facebook, Inc. et al.

Dallas, TX - Zenimax Media, Inc. Sues Oculus VR, LLC, Facebook, Inc. and Others on copyright and patent violation theories seeking billions in damages.

Zenimax claimed that Oculus stoled important elements of technology developed by it incorporated in the Oculus headset product.

Oculus and Facebook denied Zenimax's claims of infringement.

Zenimx sought billions in damag... More...
   $0 (01-19-2017 - TX)

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. v. APPLE INC

Section 289 of the Patent Act provides a damages remedy specific to design patent infringement. A person who manufactures or sells “any article of manufacture to which [a patented] design or colorable imitation has been applied shall be liable to the owner to the extent of his total profit.” 35 U. S. C. §289. In the case of a design for a singlecomponent product, such as a dinner plate, the prod... More...   $0 (12-26-2016 - TN)

Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Arista Networks, Inc.

San Jose, CA - Jury Finds In Favor Of Arista Networks, Inc.

Cisco Systems, Inc. sued Arista Network Inc. on patent and copyright violation theories claiming that Arista violated its copyrights by adopting 500 of the same commands for configuring hardware that Cisco developed for managing its own equipment. Cisco claimed that Arista should have used its own commands—known in the industry a... More...
   $0 (12-18-2016 - CA)

William Michael Jordan a/k/a Booty v. State of Mississippi

Late in February 2012, Aaron Coleman’s mother reported him missing. Coleman’s car was soon found outside of Meridian. . . . [S]everal more days passed before Coleman’s body was discovered in the woods near Interstate 20. Coleman was last seen alive on February 27[, 2012,] at Jordan’s house. When questioned, Jordan confirmed [that] Coleman had stopped by that day. . . . Jordan told the Meridian Pol... More...   $0 (12-16-2016 - MS)

Donna Corbell v. Thomas Gaetano DeVito, et al.

Donna Corbell sued Thomas Gaetano DeVito, DSHT, Inc., Dodger Theatricals, Ltd., Des McAnuff, Eric S. Elice, Frankie Valli, Marshall Brickman, Robert J. Gaudio, JB Viva Vega, LP, Getting Home, Inc., Jersey Boys Broadway Limited Partnership, Jersey Boys Records Limited Partnership, Skunk, Inc., Michael S. David on copyright violation theories claim that they used without permission Tommy DeVito - Th... More...   $0 (12-08-2016 - NV)

United States of America v. Alonzo Knowles a/k/a "Jeff Mixey"

New York, NY - Bahamas Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Cyber Hacking Scheme To Steal Celebrities’ Personal And Copyrighted Information

Alonzo Knowles, a/k/a “Jeff Moxey,” was sentenced to five years in prison for criminal copyright infringement of scripts of movies and television shows that had not yet aired, as well as theft of personally identifiable information, all of which KN... More...
   $0 (12-06-2016 - NY)

STATE OF IOWA vs. RODNESHIA LAVONTAE MCBRIDE

McBride and codefendant, Shyneckia King, were tried together. The
complaining witness told the jury that McBride and King hit her and pulled out her
hair while she was at a Davenport park with her children on April 27, 2015.
During her testimony, the State offered into evidence three screenshots1 from a
video that had been uploaded to Facebook, designated as Exhibits 4, 5, a... More...
   $0 (11-30-2016 - IA)

Robin Antonick v. Electronic Arts, Inc.

In this case, the plaintiff claimed copyright infringement.
But the contents of the copyrighted work and the allegedly
infringing works were never introduced into evidence. The
district court held that the claim failed as a matter of law.
We agree, and affirm.

I. Background

Robin Antonick developed the computer code for the original
John Madden Football g... More...
   $0 (11-27-2016 - CA)

CHERYL SMITH v. BARNES AND NOBLE.COM, LLC

The plaintiff is the widow of Louis K. Smith, who authored and copyrighted a book entitled The Hardscrabble Zone (“Hardscrabble”).  In 2009, Mr. Smith contracted with Smashwords, Inc. (“Smashwords”), an online ebook distributor, to market his book.  One relevant term of the agreement provided:
6d. Promotional Rights. Smashwords shall have the right to distribute samples of the Work in any form... More...
   $0 (10-10-2016 - )

United States of America v. Daniel Nathan West

Houston, TX - Accountant Convicted of Embezzling More than $3 Million from Houston Company

An accountant from Georgia admitted he committed wire fraud and stole more than $3 million from Houston company Airis International Holdings.

Daniel Nathan West, 50, of Duluth, Georgia, was previously employed as the treasurer and chief financial officer for Airis International Holdings. In... More...
   $0 (09-17-2016 - TX)

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