Restatement of the Law, Copyright Posts

Congress Creates New Small Claims Copyright Board, Stronger Criminal Penalties for Illicit Streaming

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President Trump signed the bipartisan COVID-19 relief and government funding bill, which incorporated the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (“CASE Act”) that had been pending as part of H.R. 133, as well as legislation designed to increase criminal penalties for illicit streaming of copyright-protected content.

Opinion analysis: Sharply divided bench rejects Georgia’s copyright in annotations of Georgia statutes

The decision this morning in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org resolves a technical question of copyright law, the extent to which governmental authorities can copyright (and profit from) the materials that they create. The specific question here is the copyrightability of annotations that summarize, but are not part of, the state’s body of enforceable statutes.