Jules Jordan Video, Inc. v. 144942 Canada Inc., et al. (9th Cir. 2010) 617 F.3d 1146United States Court of Appeals
In a published opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a $2.6 million judgment for GMSR’s client in a copyright infringement case involving the piracy of thirteen films. In the process, the court clarified how the work-for-hire doctrine should be applied to a creative, sole proprietorship situation, where the creator has established and wholly controls a company to produce and distribute his creative works. The court did, however, vacate the right of publicity judgment the client had obtained on the basis that the publicity claim was preempted by the Copyright Act.
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