Ninth Circuit Confirms: Fair Use Is an Affirmative Defense to Copyright Infringement

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision clarifying transformative fair use in Dr. Seuss v. ComicMix gives much to admire (see my deep dive into the opinion here). The court held that a mash-up of plaintiff Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Go!) with a Star Trek theme—entitled Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go (Boldly)—by defendant ComicMix … Continue reading “Ninth Circuit Confirms: Fair Use Is an Affirmative Defense to Copyright Infringement”

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Transformative Fair Use in Dr. Seuss v. ComicMix

This past Friday, the Ninth Circuit handed down its opinion in Dr. Seuss v. ComicMix, a closely watched transformative fair use case. The decision marks an important milestone in the development of the fair use doctrine, especially as applied to mash-ups—where two or more preexisting works are blended together to create a new work. However, … Continue reading “Ninth Circuit Clarifies Transformative Fair Use in Dr. Seuss v. ComicMix