January 28, 2020
Partners Robert Schwartz, Seth Greenstein, and David Golden won a victory for a firm client at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a copyright case involving the application of an older digital copyright law to newer digital technology. Alliance of Artists and Recording Cos., v. Denso Int’l America, et al., No. 18-7141 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 28, 2020). A collective of recording company, music industry, and artist representatives claimed that, under the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, major car manufacturers and their suppliers owed royalties and damages for manufacturing and selling car systems capable of recording music from CDs to the systems’ hard drive. By unanimous decision, the court interpreted the definitions of the Act to exclude the companies’ multifunction computing devices. Click here to read the Opinion.