9th Circ. Making It Harder For Studios To Beat Copyright Suits

Law360 (July 29, 2020, 2:32 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit — a court once labeled the "Court of Appeals for the Hollywood Circuit" — has issued a string of copyright rulings that will make it harder for big entertainment companies to fend off lawsuits from aggrieved creators.

In three decisions over the past year, including one last week that revived a lawsuit against Disney over "Pirates of the Caribbean," the appeals court had a common message: Trial judges need to think twice before they toss out copyright lawsuits at the courthouse door.

According to copyright experts, that's a major shift for the Hollywood-centric appeals court, which at times...

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