Decisions in Brief

Decisions in Brief

John C. Gatz

©2016. Published in Landslide, Vol. 8, No. 6, July/August 2016, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.


Web Code is Copyrightable

Media.Net Advertising FZ-LLC v. Netseer, Inc., 117 U.S.P.Q.2d 1701 (N.D. Cal. 2016).

Media.Net sued NetSeer for copyright infringement, alleging that NetSeer had improperly copied Media.Net’s hypertext markup language (HTML) code while creating a competing contextual advertising product. NetSeer moved for summary judgment on the copyright infringement claim, arguing that Media.Net could not own a valid copyright in the code because the material in its registrations was not copyrightable.

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