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Central District of California Holds That the California Resale Royalty Act Is Preempted by Federal Copyright Law

As previously discussed on this blog, the validity of the California Resale Royalty Act (the “RRA,” Civil Code Section 986), a 1976 law that requires resellers of fine art to pay a royalty of 5 percent to the artists behind the works, was challenged in a dispute between a group of artists and Christie’s Inc., … Continue Reading

U.S. International Trade Commission Bans Imports of Hoverboards

Hoverboards, the hybrid skateboard/scooter personal transportation devices, have enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity over the last year, with celebrities and professional athletes posting photographs of their hoverboards across social media. However, there have been growing safety warnings related to hoverboards, with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission even labelling them “defective” in light of … Continue Reading

Copyright, Content, and Platforms – This Week’s Odds and Ends

Copyright Office May Get $15 Million Budget Increase for 2017 The increase—about twenty-five percent over this year’s budget—could help towards the Copyright Office’s goal of making registration and other transactions simple, transparent, and technologically savvy, as laid out by the 5-year plan released by Maria Pallante, United States Register of Copyrights. It will also help … Continue Reading