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Copyright Infringement:
Feltner v. Columbia Pictures Television

Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Subjects: Copyrights Infringement; Seventh Amendment; Trial by Jury.

Argued: Jan. 20, 1998

Decided: March 31, 1998
Vote: 9-0
At Issue: Whether a right to a jury trial exists in copyright cases involving only statutory damages.

Decision: The justices held unanimously to reverse the lower-court decision that no statutory right to a jury trial exists. The Court's ruling stated that the right to a jury trial does exist, and that jury can determine the amount of damages awarded.

Read the full text of the Feltner v. Columbia Pictures Television decision at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Read the full text of the 1995 lower court case, Columbia Pictures Television v. Krypton Broadcasting of Birmingham, Inc., et al., at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Web site. The case is also available on FindLaw, as is the Seventh Amendment.

Look at the pertinent copyright infringement and remedies provision in the U.S. Code (17 U.S.C. sec. 504 (C)) at the U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library Web site.


Background from the Post
Supreme Court to Hear Disputes Over Ellis Island, Copyrights (Sept. 30, 1997)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)


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