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1 Chris Kerich Michelle Berman Ud Okorafor COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

2 Definition: Usage of material that is covered by a law of some sort that prohibits the usage without permission First copyright law is the Statute of Anne Most early ‘modern’ piracy done through screener movies and albums Plagiarism Other kinds of copyright infringement HISTORY OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

3 Constitution has a section in Article 1 that protects the intellectual property of any one for a limited time. Actually specifies the power that Congress has to accomplish this Copyright laws protect “original works of authorship” Copyright laws protect five basic rights Procedure for civil copyright enforcement Criminal penalties for copyright infringement U.S. Government Role in Copyright

4 Full Names Henry Wheaton and Robert Donaldson v. Richard Peters and John Grigg 1 st Supreme Court case involving copyright – Chief Justice John Marshall Wheaton was the 3 rd reporter of decisions 1.Wrote 24 volumes of carefully described decisions of the Supreme Court 2.Expensive Peters was the successor 1.Shortened 24 to 6 volumes and did his own current work 2.Cheaper Reporters received a $1000 salary but was not enough to cover the cost of publishing all of the books hence they relied on the proceeds from selling Rule- Gave Congress the power to give copyright protection depending on specific conditions as opposed to strictly following the common law copyright. Supreme Court Rulings: Wheaton vs. Peters (1834)

5 Full Name - Paul Edmond Dowling Chief Justice – Warren E Burger William Samuel Theaker and Paul Edmond Dowling made copies of unreleased Elvis Presley records from TV and concerts. Bootleg to Maryland from California – hundreds of packages per week Convicted of - conspiracy to transport stolen property in interstate commerce, interstate transportation of stolen property, copyright infringement, and mail fraud Copies of copyrighted material are not considered stolen when dealing with interstate transportation of property laws 1. It is more complicated than pure theft – infringement is different Supreme Court Rulings: Dowling Vs United States (1985)

6 Chief Justice William Rehnquist Fox got exclusive rights to produce a series called Crusade in Europe based on a book (1976) The show lasted 26 series and Fox didn’t renew their copyright – became public Dastar bought all of the videos and copied them, shortened them and repackaged and sold them not mentioning the original series (1995) Fox sued Dastar under the Lenham Act (trademark law) Rule- former copyright holder can’t use the Lenham Act on ideas as it is not a good. 1. Trademark laws don’t apply to “public” products Supreme Court Rulings: Dastar Corporation vs. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2003)

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