Challenge to award of attorneys' fees for defendant in copyright infringement action Latin Am. Music Co. v. Am. Soc'y of Composers Authors & Publishers, 08-1498
, concerned a plaintiff's second motion for reconsideration of the district court's grant of defendant's motion for attorneys' fees incurred on appeal for successfully defending a favorable jury verdict in a copyright infringement action.
In denying the motion, the court held that defendant was a prevailing
party for purposes of section 505. Further, the court held that
plaintiff's argument, that fees are barred because defendant failed to
timely register the disputed song, was fatally underdeveloped and
therefore waived. The court rejected plaintiff's challenge to the
reasonableness of the award in concluding that the argument was
undermined, if not forfeited, by its own neglect as the objection was
filed thirty-nine days late and the explanation for the late filing
lacked the detail and support one would expect under the circumstances.
Lastly, the court denied defendant's motion for sanctions.Related Link: