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Importance of Accurate Copyright Registration: Court Finds that Because Claimant Had Incorrectly Designated Published Work as “Unpublished” with the Copyright Office, Registration Was Invalid and Claimant Could Not Proceed with Copyright Infringement Claim

Family Dollar Stores v. United Fabrics Note:  Copyright registration is a prerequisite for filing a copyright infringement lawsuit, but registration is not what makes a work protected.  The court dismissed the counterclaim, but it did not hold that the copyright itself was invalid.  This decision demonstrates how important it is to file an accurate registration with the Copyright Office. h/t Technology & Marketing Law Blog For informational purposes only.  Not legal advice.]]]]> ]]>

Road to Nowhere

In Liminae: The Road to Nowhere

It takes us about six hours to drive to the rural state jail (that’s owned by two judges) the Feds contracted with to hold our client. Accused of computer crimes, he can’t effectively review evidence in jail – there’s no practical access to computers in the gulag. They’ve seized all his assets claiming they’re the ill-gotten gains of crimes the government can’t identify, and their computer forensics – if you can call them that – have no scientific basis and are full of basic errors and typos. In my decade as a federal criminal defense lawyer doing computer cases across the country, I’ve never come across a case where the government was so completely off.

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

A defendant’s view from the trenches of federal criminal court This post is originally published to Substack. You can read and follow us there.

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