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New additions to TR's Legal Research Links - Jurisline.com Articles,
Court Cases, Documents, and Notes add a number of background materials
particularly on federal copyright preemption, antitrust, and essential
facilities. While the following list of additions is lengthy, I believe
that I have edited it to include only addtions not previously mentioned
here. As the collection grows, the materials probably will have to be
subdivided onto multiple pages.
* Fun-Damental Too, Ltd. v. Universal Music Group, Inc.,
et al., U.S.Dist.Ct. E.D.Penn, No. 97-1595 July 8, 1997.
Discussed zone of state law preempted by 17 U.S.C. § 301.
* ProCD, Inc. v. Zeidenberg, 86 F.3d 1447 (7th Cir.),
rev'g 908 F. Supp. 640 (W.D. Wis. 1996). National directories
of residential business telephone listings not copyrightable
on authority of Feist, but shrinkwrap license enforceable
under state law, which is not preempted by federal copyright
law. License protected both the software and the
databases/compilations on CD-ROM. Rights created by contract
viewed by court of appeals as not "equivalent" to any of the
exclusive rights of copyright protection. Despite reversal of
the district court, the opinions of both the district court
and the court of appeals remain important.
Brief of Amicus Curiae Software Publishers Association,
ProCD, Incorporated v. Matthew, Zeidenberg and Silken
Mountain Web Services, Appeal from the United States
District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin,
No. 95-C-0671-C, before the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court
of Appeals (March 4, 1996).
Brief of Amicus Curiae American Committee for Interoperable
Systems, ProCD, Incorporated v. Matthew, Zeidenberg and
Silken Mountain Web Services, Appeal from the United States
District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin , No.
95-C-0671-C, before the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
* Vault Corp v. Quaid Software Ltd., 847 F.2d 255 (5th
Cir. 1988). Federal copyright law preempted Louisiana statute
validating software shrink wrap license provision that
forbade reverse engineering. Vault's Prolok software rendered
other commercial software impossible to copy. Quaid reverse
engineered the anti-copy scheme. Though a violation of the
license, Quaid's copying of Prolok was permissible because of
* Sinatra v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 435 F.2d 711 (9th
Cir. 1970), cert. denied, 402 U.S. 906 (1971). Preemption
need not be based exclusively on the language of 17 U.S.C. §
FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS
* Warner Bros., Inc. v. Wilkinson, 533 F.Supp. 105 (D.Utah
1981), appeal dismissed, 782 F.2d 136 (10th Cir. 1985). No
federal copyright preemption of state contracts regarding
motion picture industry "blind bidding."
* Booth v. Colgate-Palmolive Co., 362 F.Supp. 343
(S.D.N.Y. 1973). Preemption need not be based exclusively on
the language of 17 U.S.C. § 301.
* Davis v. Trans World Airlines, 297 F.Supp. 1145
(C.D.Cal. 1969). Preemption need not be based exclusively on
the language of 17 U.S.C. § 301.
* Daboub v Gibbons, 42 F3d 285, 289 (5th Cir 1995). Tests
for preemption of state law claim by federal copyright law.
* Citywide Building Services Corp. v. Parkchester
Preservatioin Company, L.P, et al., S.Ct.N.Y., Index No.
603660/98, Calendar 13889, February 24, 1999. Preemption of
state law claims concerning use of software by federal
17 U.S.C. § 301. Preemption with respect to other laws
(link is to U. S. Code at Cornell)
* Mark A. Lemley, Beyond Preemption: The Law and Policy of
Intellectual Property Licensing, 87 Cal. L. Rev. 111 (1999).
* Glynn Lunney, Protecting Digital Works: Copyright or
Contract? TJTIP 1:1 (Spring 1999).
* Jason Kuchmay, ProCD, Inc. v. Zeidenberg: Section 301
Copyright Preemption of Shrinkwrap Licenses: A Real Bargain
for Consumers? 29 U. Tol. L. Rev. 117 (1998).
* Raymond T. Nimmer, Breaking Barriers: The Relation
Between Contract and Intellectual Property Law, Berkeley
Tech.L.J. 13:3 (Fall 1998).
* Niva Elkin-Koren, Copyright Policy and the Limits of
Freedom of Contract, Berkeley Tech.L.J. 12:1 (Spring 1997).
* Maureen A. O'Rourke, Copyright Preemption After the
ProCD Case; A Market-Based Approach, Berkeley Tech.L.J. 12:1
* Robert J. Bernstein and Robert W. Clarida, Is Contract
Preemption Dead? Contracts and Copyright after ProCD v.
Zeidenberg, New York L.J. November 15, 1996. Link is to copy
at law firm site of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
* Mark A. Lemley, Intellectual Property and Shrinkwrap
Licenses, 68 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1239 (July 1995).
* David A. Rice, Public Goods, Private Contract, and
Public Policy: Federal Preemption of Software License
Prohibitions Against Reverse Engineering, 53 U. Pitt. L. Rev.
* Deborah Kemp, Preemption of State Law by Copyright Law,
9 Computer L. J. 375 (1989). * Langdon Jorgensen & Mary
McIntyre-Cecil, The Evolution of the Preemption Doctrine and
its Effect on Common Law Remedies, 19 Idaho L. Rev. 85
* Howard B. Abrams, Copyright, Misappropriation and
Preemption: Constitutional and Statutory Limits on State Law
Protection, 1983 Sup. Ct. Rev. 509 (1983).
* David E. Shipley & Jeffrey S. Hay, Protecting Research:
Copyright, Common Law Alternatives, and Federal Preemption,
63 N. C. L. Rev. 125 (1984).
* I. Trotter Hardy, Contracts, Copyright and Preemption in
a Digital World, 1 Richmond J. L. & Tech 2 (1995).
* Daniel A. Tysver, "Database Licensing and Preemption" in
Database Legal Protection.
* Jonathan Rosenoer, Losing Data, CyberLaw (January 1996).
Antitrust, Essential Facility
* John T. Soma, David A. Forkner, and Brian P. Jumps, The
Essential Facilities Doctrine in the Deregulated
Telecommunications Industry, Berkeley Tech. L. J. 13:2
* David McGowan, Regulating Competition in the Information
Age: Computer Software as an Essential Facility under the
Sherman Act, 18 Hastings Comm/Ent L. J. 771-851 (Summer1996).
* Richard J. Reuben, Online Legal Publishing Gets DOJ
Review: West, Mead Data Central Split on Proposal for Public-
domain Citation System, 80 A. B. A. J. 38 (1994).
* Pamela Samuelson, Intellectual Property and Contract Law
for the Information Age, 87 Cal. L. Rev. 1 (January 1999).
Link is to PDF file.
* Pamela Samuelson, Does Information Really Have to Be
Licensed, Communications of the ACM (Vol. 41, No. 9, Sept.
1998), p. 15. Link is to unedited copy with slightly
* Pamela Samuelson, Database Debacle, Wired, 6.02 -
February 1998. On HR 2652, the Collection of Information
Antipiracy Act. "As written, HR 2652 provides civil and
criminal penalties for the unauthorized extraction and use of
data gathered from any nongovernmental "collection of
information." The only safe harbor in the bill is for news
reporting - even scientific, research, and educational uses
of information from a database would be illegal if harmful to
any actual or potential market for the data compiler's own
products or services."
* John Tessensohn, The Devil's in the Details; The Quest
for Legal Protection of Computer Databases and the
Collections of Information Act, H.R. 2652, 38 IDEA 439
* Pamela Samuelson, The Never Ending Struggle for Balance,
Legally Speaking column, Communications of the ACM 40:5, (May
1997), p. 17. On WIPO Treaty and UCC Article 2B.
* Pamela Samuelson, The Copyright Grab, Wired, 4.01 - Jan
1996. "The Clinton administration, through its white paper on
intellectual property, is proposing a wholesale giveaway to
its supporters in the copyright industry - at your expense."
* Wesley L. Austin, A Pathfinder on Database Protection,
Advanced Legal Research, University of Utah College of Law,
January 10, 1998.
* Dana W. Hayter, When a License is Worse than a Refusal:
A Comparative Competitive Effects Standard to Judge
Restrictions in Intellectual Property Licenses, Berkeley
Tech. L. J. 12:1 (Spring 1997).
* Julie E. Cohen, Some Reflections on Copyright Management
Systems and Laws Designed to Protect Them, Berkeley Tech. L.
* Fred Greguras, U. S. Legal Protection for Databases,
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