Friday, October 12, 2007

Joint Authorship Decision

Major joint authorship decision in the Second Circuit this week in Davis v. Blige. Summary in the New York Law Journal here. Shorter summary from Eugene Volokh: "You can get a nonexclusive license up front from just one [co-owner], without the others' permission. But once you infringe you can't get a retroactive license from just one -- you'd have to get forgiven by all of them."

Bill Patry says the decision is "disastrous" and is hoping for a do-over.