EBay Rule Draws 'Public Good' Into Copyright World

Law360, New York (September 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to set aside a permanent injunction granted in eBay Inc.’s patent battle, many in the intellectual property law world are now watching to see if and how the opinion’s emphasis on tying an injunction to public interest might influence two high-profile copyright cases – one against YouTube LLC and one over Google Inc.’s book search project.

The high court’s 2006 eBay ruling, asserting that courts must consider an injunction’s effects on the public good before granting one automatically,...
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