Academic Publishers Win $1.5M In Microfilm Copyright Row

Law360, Los Angeles (December 13, 2013, 7:28 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal jury on Thursday awarded $1.5 million to Elsevier Inc., John Wiley & Sons Inc. and other academic publishers in their copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against Comprehensive Microfilm & Scanning Services Inc.

The jury found on Thursday that CMSS did not willfully infringe the copyrights when it sent articles to regular customer Princeton Micro Scan Corp., but that the defendant’s copying didn't constitute fair use. The jury also let CMSS owner James Wasilewski off the hook, according to the verdict form.

The plaintiffs...
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