Talk:List of copyright case law

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Someone removed this from the page which is a work in progress:

If you know of any case that you feel is important, please create a link to it here with the legal citation even if you cannot create a case summary for it on a separate page. Others may be able to get to that task at a later time. Alex756 20:45 May 15, 2003 (UTC)

I moved this to a simpler, shorter title - "various jurisdictions" should be the default case, so it seemed like something that could be said in the intro, not the title. Martin 13:04 16 May 2003 (UTC)

________ Can we put the cases in alphabetical order? Otherwise we're just going to get a massive meaningless list of cases. Alternatively we could group them by subject matter, but given the scope of copyright law I anticipate that might be difficult. - David Stewart 02:57 17 May 2003 (UTC)

Actually I started to try to do this (alpha order) if you look at the edit comments on page history. I didn't count the Re in the Dickens case and I haven't looked at it lately, I'm still finding cases sprinkled across Wikipedia that have already been mentioned in various articles... The other option is chronological order, like in List of United States Supreme Court cases. Alpha seems to make more sense here, so that someone can find the case if they know the name. Alex756 03:38 17 May 2003 (UTC)
For US law, we always rank things highest court to lowest court, then within those categories the cases are listed from the most recent case to the oldest case. So, everything from the Supreme Court comes first, then the circuit courts, lastly the district courts (for federal cases). This may be impractical for a popular reference, but it does show which cases are the most relevant and legally influential. Arttechlaw (talkcontribs) 18:01, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

Regarding User:Koyaanis Qatsi's comment in the page history summaries: (shouldn't the 2 Live Crew case be the leading legal case, since it was decided earlier and in a higher court?)

The comment is on using Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. (1994) 510 U.S. 569 [ parody is fair use in a song] as the leading case and not Suntrust v. Houghton Mifflin (2001) [parody novel is fair use (11th cir. US Court of Appeals)]; it is true that the Suntrust case extends Campbell to another type of parody, the parody novel. I'm all for keeping content, this page is not THE list of leading cases, but A list of leading cases, certainly a Court of Appeal case is worth mentioning (and it is an evolving area of law, there are few cases on parody and fair use, and it is mentioned in the fair use article) Strictly speaking the oldest case that stands for the principle is usually called THE leading case. Alex756

I suggest we organize this by jurisdiction (i.e., Australian cases, United Kingdom cases). It'll make it easier to find a case, and also see which cases actually relate to each other legally. Postdlf 8:33 6 Apr 2004 (UTC)


I notice that there is now a page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMG_v._Doe for the Canadian BMG case listed here, which expects a different page name. I have no idea how to fix the fact that they don't link up, though :-)

I madeBMG_v._Doe a REDIRECT to the other page, which had identical content. --agr 18:57, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I removed the Universal City Studios vs. Nintendo case from the US list. The case was over trademark infringement, not copyright, and it's listed thusly on List of trademark case law. Obviously, it's an easy fix if someone wants to add this back in, but I don't see the case as involving or setting precedent in the area of copyright. Student Driver 15:53, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

Separating Out the US List[edit]

The US Law section is the most developed both in terms of content and layout. I would like to break it out into a separate article. We could either have a link here that pointed to the main article or we could reframe the remaining article as a list for Commonwealth countries.RevelationDirect (talk) 01:32, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

I agree with creating a separate list for the US case law. John Vandenberg (chat) 09:46, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
Agree. The U.S. case list is well developed and there are several landmark cases that should be added. And I'd reframe the remaining page as List of Commonwealth country copyright case law. It will make developing the Commonwealth cases easier without making the article too big to navigate. Malke 2010 (talk) 17:52, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Religious works[edit]

There are a few US cases on copyright on religious works. I think it would be good to include them in this list, and any other similar cases in other jurisdictions. John Vandenberg (chat) 09:46, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

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