Osha Liang Obtains $28.8 Million Architectural Copyright Judgment

By Califf Cooper

Osha Liang and co-counsel Pat Zummo, acting on behalf of client Preston Wood & Associates, won a judgment of nearly $29 million against Houston real estate promoter Urban Living for copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Federal District Judge David Hittner presided over the trial in August 2018 and entered judgment against Urban Living and architect Steven Cameron on November 8, 2018, confirming the jury’s findings.  The judgment, the largest known judgment for an architectural copyright case, is a reminder of the possible ramifications for unlawfully using architectural plans without permission and distributing those plans in violation of the DMCA.