Implied License Stands In Architecture Spat: 1st Circ.

Law360, New York (April 21, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that the estate of a deceased architect cannot pursue copyright infringement claims against the architect's business partner, saying the architect clearly intended his schematics to be used by the business partner's venture.

The decision required the court to interpret the nature of implied licenses to use copyrighted works, “an arcane corner of the law,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit said Tuesday.

The dispute began when the estate and heirs of Roberto Hevia-Acosta sued his former business...
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