By Julie Ahrens on November 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm
After years of litigation based on spurious allegations of copyright infringement, BT was vindicated again this week when the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the case on summary judgment and the award of $175,000 in attorneys' fees to BT.
The Second Circuit's summary order (attached) confirms that plaintiffs cannot sustain copyright infringement claims with nothing more than conclusory expert testimony, particularly testimony that is internally inconsistent and rebutted by evidence of independent creation. And by affirming the fee award, the Second Circuit avowed the importance of deterring plaintiffs who make infringement allegations with no facts to back them up. Not only will such meritless claims be dismissed, those who make them will be on the hook for the attorneys' fees and costs defendants incur defeating them.
We’re proud of BT for bravely and patiently standing up for creative freedom and proud of helping him achieve this result.
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