Case Study: UMG Recordings Inc. V. Augusto

Law360, New York (February 10, 2011, 1:12 PM EST) -- Four months after it decided Vernor v. Autodesk Inc. in favor of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin PC client Autodesk, the Ninth Circuit has issued its decision in UMG Recordings Inc. v. Augusto, Case No. 08-55998, the last of three important copyright cases argued together before the same panel this past June.

The court held that music company UMG's unsolicited distribution of promotional music compact discs constituted a "sale" under the Copyright Act and therefore both the original recipients and subsequent owner Troy Augusto...
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