MassBar ComCom Quarterly Includes Two Copyright Law Articles Written by Principal Attorney Andrew T. Warren
Trenholm Warren, LLC’s principal attorney, Andrew T. Warren wrote two articles for the March 2019 MassBar ComCom Quarterly. The articles touch on two impactful litigation issues that were settled or decided in early 2019.
The first article details a dispute between American Airlines and the U.S. Copyright Office concerning copyright registration and protection for a company logo. The parties eventually settled the dispute prior to litigation but the matter created a guideline for what types of logos the Copyright Office will grant registration to.
The second article is a case comment on Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com LLC, Et Al. (S. Ct). The Supreme Court resolved a circuit split for when a copyright infringement lawsuit could be brought. Some circuits had allowed lawsuits to proceed once the copyright owner applied for copyright registration. Other circuits only permitted lawsuits to proceed once copyright registration was formally granted by the Copyright Office. The Supreme Court’s decision and consequences of that decision are discussed in the article.