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Copyright Cases

The Copyright Alliance tracks important copyright cases. The table below lists copyright cases that we believe are important and could impact (or have already impacted) U.S. copyright law. In some cases, the Copyright Alliance will have filed an amicus brief in the case if the ruling by the court could broadly impact the creative community. A list of amicus briefs submitted by the Copyright Alliance can be found on our amicus briefs page.

Case Name
Court
Status
Subject Matter
  • Second Circuit
Decided March 2021, Amended August 2021; On Remand
  • Fair Use
  • D.D.C.
Pending
  • 1201
  • SCOTUS
Decided April 2021
  • Software
  • Ninth Circuit
On Appeal to Ninth Circuit
  • Personal Jurisdiction
  • Ninth Circuit
On Appeal to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fair Use
  • D.D.C.
  • Mandatory Deposit
  • Fourth Circuit
Decided June 2020; On Remand
  • Personal Jurisdiction
  • SCOTUS
Decided April 2020
  • Copyrightability of annotations
  • Ninth Circuit
Decided Mar. 2020
  • Exclusive Rights
  • SCOTUS
Decided Mar. 2020
  • Remedies/Damages
  • Southern District Court of Texas
Case stayed Sept. 2019
  • Sovereign Immunity
  • First Court of Appeals of Texas
Decided June 2019
  • Sovereign Immunity
  • Fourth Circuit
Decided April 2019
  • Fair Use
  • SCOTUS
Decided Mar. 2019
  • Registration
  • Ninth Circuit
Decided March 2019
  • Secondary Liability
  • SCOTUS
Decided March 2019
  • Remedies
  • Second Circuit
Decided Dec. 2018
  • Fair Use
  • First Sale
  • D.C. Circuit
Decided July 2018
  • Copyrightability
  • D.D.C.
Decided Mar. 2018
  • Audio Home Recording Act