4th Circ. Blesses Electronic Transfers Of Copyright

Law360, New York (July 19, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit held for the first time Wednesday that copyright interests can legally be transferred electronically, affirming an injunction against American Home Realty Network Inc. in a copyright dispute with a rival real estate listings website.

The court concluded that the 2000 federal E-Sign Act, which ensures the validity of electronic signatures, applies to copyright transfers, noting that there was little authority on the issue because no appeals court had previously ruled on the effect of the law in the copyright context.

"To invalidate copyright...
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