Jenner & Block

“Ninth Circuit Upholds Liability of BitTorrent Website for User Copyright Infringement,” MediaLawLetter

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner Luke C. Platzer and Associate Rochelle P. Lundy discuss the firm’s victory for several major movie studios in a seminal file-sharing copyright case, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. v. Fung.  The authors explain that Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling that isoHunt Web Technologies Inc. infringed on the studios’ copyrights is significant on several fronts:  It represents the first appellate-level decision to affirm liability under the “inducement” standard for secondary copyright infringement liability created by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster Ltd, and it “clarifies both the application of the inducement liability standard and its interaction with the safe harbor in Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”  The article notes that the team that represented the studios included Partners Steven B. Fabrizio, Gianni P. Servodidio and Paul M. Smith.