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Mar 2019

Supreme Court Requires Actual Copyright Registration To Sue

By Louis Bonham Resolving a circuit split, the Supreme Court on March 4, 2019, unanimously held that the Copyright Office must have issued a registration on a work for the copyright owner to sue for its infringement. The question before the Court in Fourth Estate Public Benefits Corp. v. Wall was whether a copyright owner may file suit as long as it has submitted…

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Oct 2018

The Music Modernization Act: A Copyright Update for a Digital Age

By: Louis Bonham and James Carlson The United States Congress has passed the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act of 2018 (“MMA”), which now heads to President Trump for his signature.  The U.S. Senate renamed the bill in honor of retiring Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, the bill’s sponsor and also a fellow songwriter. The bill includes a previous version of the MMA passed by the U.S….

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Nov 2016

AWCPA Case Heading to the U.S. Supreme Court

By: Louis Bonham Over twenty five years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act (the “AWCPA”), which extended copyright protection to building designs (“architectural works”).  The AWCPA was passed to bring U.S. law into compliance with its treaty obligations under the Berne Convention, which the United States joined in 1988.  (The Berne Convention requires member states to provide copyright protections for a…

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Nov 2013

Jury awards $3.2 million to Texas firm in Architectural Copyright case

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 25, 2012 – Kipp Flores Architects prevailed in a copyright infringement suit filed against Hallmark Design Homes as a federal jury returned a $3.2 million verdict for the Austin, Texas-based firm. The jury in the U.S. District Court in Houston found that Hallmark infringed Kipp Flores Architects’ copyrights by constructing hundreds of houses from copyrighted architectural designs in violation of federal law. The…

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May 2013

Home Design Firm Awarded $1.3 Million in Architectural Copyright Case

HOUSTON, Texas, May 20, 2013 – A federal district court has awarded $1.3 million to a Texas design firm in an architectural copyright case, according to Osha Liang LLP. Houston-based Hewlett Custom Home Designs, Inc., whose clients include Fortune 500 executives and celebrities such as Charles Barkley, claimed that Frontier Custom Builders, Inc. infringed Hewlett’s copyrighted designs in violation of federal law. The jury in…

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Nov 2012

U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms $3.2 Million Award in Architectural Copyright Case

AUSTIN, Texas, November 7, 2012 – The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed a $3.2 million award to an Austin, Texas firm in an architectural copyright case. Last year, a federal jury returned a $3.2 million verdict for Kipp Flores Architects.  The jury found that Hallmark Design Homes infringed Kipp Flores Architects’ copyrights by constructing hundreds of houses from copyrighted…

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Apr 2020

Allen v. Cooper – The Supreme Court Blesses Copyright Infringement by States

By Louis K. Bonham 繁體中文 In a near unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held in Allen v. Cooper that the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990 (the “CRCA”) – which abrogated state immunity for acts of copyright infringement – was unconstitutional under the Eleventh Amendment of the United States Constitution.  As a result, individual states and state agencies (such as state universities) are free to…

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Aug 2017

Great American Solar Eclipse Photos

John and Talina Osha and Louis and Patti Bonham of Osha Liang, Alan and Susan Kasper of Sughrue, family and friends hosted members of the Cornell Friends of Astronomy club at the Oshas’ River Junction Ranch in Idaho to view the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.  The eclipse photos were taken by John using a 600mm prime lens and a 2x teleconverter. …

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Feb 2017

US Supreme Court Urged to Close “Pirates’ Bay” of Architectural Copyright Infringement

By: Louis K. Bonham An assortment of industry groups, building design firms, and a major regional home builder jointly urged the Supreme Court to resolve a split among the Courts of Appeals regarding architectural copyrights. In an amici curia (“friends of the court”) filing, the American Institute of Building Design, the Texas Institute of Building Design, design firms Design Basics LLC and Frank Betz Associates,…

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Jul 2016

Osha Liang Files Amicus Brief for Design Basics, LLC

By: Louis K. Bonham On July 15, 2016, Osha Liang Of Counsel, Louis K. Bonham, filed an amicus curiae brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  This brief is in support of the appellant’s petition for rehearing en banc in Home Design Services, Inc. v. Turner Heritage Homes, Inc., et al., and was filed on behalf of Osha Liang client Design…

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