The Copyright Advocacy Committee was founded in 2010 after Dramatists Guild member Georgia Stitt brought sheet music piracy to the Dramatists Guild’s attention with a community-wide email entitled “What happens when I get angry about my sheet music being traded for free.”
What many had been aware of as a growing problem was suddenly given a community-wide platform. Since then, the committee has produced numerous resources to advocate on the behalf of writers and their copyright. A selection of the committee’s resources and past events can be found below.
NEW IN COPYRIGHT NEWS:
- In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp v. WallStreet.Com, LLC (No. 15-571), the Court held that a copyright claimant cannot commence an infringement lawsuit before the Copyright Office acts on a copyright application and either registers or refuses the copyright. The Court rejected the Ninth Circuit’s approach, which permitted an infringement lawsuit upon the completion of a copyright application. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
- In Rimini Street Inc. et al. v. Oracle USA Inc. (No. 17-1625), the Court concluded that “full costs” provided by the Copyright Act do not include costs for e-discovery vendors, experts, and other litigation expenses. The decision could affect the decision-making process for litigants deciding whether to take a copyright case to trial. This decision also reversed a ruling from the Ninth Circuit. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.