Washington Copyright Law
American Freedom Defense v. King County

Defendant King Countys public transit agency, Metro,
operates an extensive public transportation system in the
greater Seattle metropolitan area, with the primary purpose of
providing safe and reliable public transportation. Like many
transit agencies, Metro finances its operations in part by
selling advertising space, including on the exteriors of its
buses. Advertisement... More...
   $0 (08-12-2015 - WA)

Cindy Lee Garcia v. Google, Inc.

While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn’t often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa. But that’s exactly what happened to Cindy Lee Garcia when she agreed to act in a film with the working title “Desert Warrior.” The film’s writer and producer, Mark Basseley Youssef—who also goes by the names Nakoula Basseley N... More...   $0 (02-28-2014 - WA)

Jack C. Leeson v. Transamerica Disability Income Plan

Plaintiff Jack Leeson (“Leeson”), a former employee of Defendant Transamerica Corporation (“Transamerica”), filed this action under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), 29 U.S.C. § 1101, et seq., to challenge the termination of his long-term disability benefits. The district court, applying an abuse of discretion standard of review, upheld the Transamerica Corporatio... More...   $0 (01-23-2012 - WA)

Samuel R. Watkins v. United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

Appellant, Samuel Watkins (“Watkins”), a copyright and trademark attorney, appeals pro se the district court’s summary judgment in favor of the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) in his eight Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, requests for 19 C.F.R. § 133.21(c) Notices of Seizure of Infringing Merchandise (“Notices of Seizure” or “... More...   $0 (05-06-2011 - WA)

Timothy S. Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc.

Timothy Vernor purchased several used copies of Autodesk, Inc.’s AutoCAD Release 14 software (“Release 14”) from one of Autodesk’s direct customers, and he resold the Release 14 copies on eBay. Vernor brought this declaratory judgment action against Autodesk to establish that these resales did not infringe Autodesk’s copyright. The district court issued the requested declaratory judgment... More...   $0 (09-10-2010 - WA)

Baden Sports, Inc. v. Molten USA, Inc. and Kabushiki Kaisha Molten

Kabushiki Kaisha Molten and Molten USA, Inc. (collectively “Molten”) appeal from a final judgment of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington denying Molten’s motions for a new trial and judgment as a matter of law (“JMOL”) relating to a jury award of $8,054,579 for false advertising under Section 43 of the Lanham Act. See Baden Sports, Inc. v. Kabushiki Ka... More...   $0 (02-13-2009 - WA)

Australia Unlimited, Inc. v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Company and Potter, Leonard & Cahan, Inc.

An insurer's duty to defend arises "if the insurance policy

conceivably covers the allegations in the complaint, whereas the duty to indemnify exists only if the policy actually covers the insured's liability."1 Here,

the complaint filed by Crocs, Inc., in the federal lawsuit in Colorado against

Australia Unlimited (AU) alleges trade dress violations that are conceivably <... More...
   $0 (12-15-2008 - WA)

Derek Andrew, Inc. v. Poof Apparel Corporation

Poof Apparel Corporation ("Poof") appeals the district court's award to Derek Andrew, Inc. ("Andrew") of $15,000 in statutory damages under the Copyright Act, along with $296,090.50 in attorneys' fees.1 We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1291, and for the following reasons, REVERSE and REMAND.



Andrew and ... More...   $0 (06-11-2008 - WA)

Propet USA v. Lloyd Shugart

Propet USA sued Lloyd Shugart seeking a declaration that it did not violate his copyright on photographs taken by him between 1999 and 2005 of Propet's shoes and other lifestyle images. Propet used the photographs in advertising for the company's products and distributed the photographs to third parties. Propet terminated its relationship with Shugart in 2005 when Shugart complained to Propet ... More...   $1315800 (10-03-2007 - WA)

Nick Emmett v. Kent School District No. 415

Civil Rights - Free Speech - School - Plaintiff, Nick Emmett, was an eighteen-year-old senior at Kentlake High School. He had a grade point average of 3.95, was co-captain of the basketball team and had no disciplinary history. On February 13, 2000, he posted a web page on the Internet that was created from his home without using school resources or time. The web page was entitled "Un-official ... More...   $1 (02-23-2000 - WA)

ZZ Top, et al. v. Chrysler Corporation

Copyright Infringement Claim - Plaintiffs asserted, without contradiction, that defendant Chryslver Corporation copied and used parts of plaintiffs' song, La Grange, as a soundtrack to a promotions video for the new Plymouth Prowler and as background music when the Prowler was introduced at a press event in January, 1996.

Chrysler conceded that it copied La Grange, but challenged the original... More...   $0 (06-22-1999 - WA)

Wade B. Cook v. Anthony "Tony" Robbins, et al.

Copyright infringement - 28 U.S.C. 1338. Plaintiff claimed that Tony Robbins and Robbins Research International were guilty of copyright infringement by copying and using without permission portions of Cook's book "Wall Street Money Machine." After reading Cook's book, meeting with him and attending one of Cooks seminars, Robbins introduced a financial seminar manual of his own which used the ... More...   $655900 (10-02-1998 - WA)

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