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Google Books is quickly becoming the Library of Alexandria for the digital age, a vast collection of the world's written knowledge. There's no need to fly to Egypt to check it out, however. Google Books are available free, online, making Google the world's most accessible librarian.

But, as Google endeavors to make all written matter free, who will look out for the Dan Browns and E.L. Jameses of the world? The starving poets and struggling playwrights? Not the Supreme Court, which just rejected a challenge to the Google Books program by the Authors Guild, allowing the Second Circuit's pro-Google, anti-literature decision to stand.

2nd Circ. Passes on SiriusXM Radio Copyright Case

The Second Circuit's Court of Appeals decided to hold off on entering a potentially ground-moving decision involving class actions brought by members The Turtles, the rock group from the 70s. In the suit, they contended that federal copyright laws do not protect sound recordings made before 1972, and that state laws must apply.

If true, a favorable ruling would have potentially made bars, restaurants, and other venues mass copyright infringers.

50 Cent Wins in Copyright Infringement Case at the Second Circuit

The rapper 50 Cent was given a victory in court by the Second Circuit's Court of Appeals by tossing out the copyright suit "Young Caliber" brought against him.

But rather than something as complex as a debate over exclusive or non-exclusive use of copyright, it turns out that the plaintiff's downfall was the age old laches.

Russian Firm May Sue Over Vodka Rights in U.S., 2nd Cir. Rules

Stolichnaya, the famous Vodka brand that made its fame in the United States during the 80s, has been the subject of a long and bitter decades' long suit over who owns the venerable Russian brand. Now, it looks like a minion of the Russian state can sue a group of successor companies that arose out of the ashes of the Soviet Union's fall.

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit essentially invoked the Doctrines of Comity and Acts of State to save the suit from a lower district court's ruling that the plaintiff company in the state had no standing. Let's not step on any toes, shall we?

Google Library Book-Scanning Project Is Fair Use

More than a decade ago, Google announced what, at the time, seemed like an unbelievably ambitious extension of Google Print: it would create a massive online library of 15,000,000 digitally scanned books. We all know now, however, not to underestimate Google.

The project did raise the ire of a number of copyright holders and lawyers who claimed the project was a massive copyright violation and two suits followed. Well, the Second Circuit just sided with Google and ruled that the Google Books Library Project had met all the elements of "fair use."

'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Rights Passed to Author's Family

Everyone knows the popular Christmas song, "Santa Clause is Comin' to Town." What's not so widely known is the story of the song's ownership. Currently, it's owned by Sony ... but not for much longer.

On Thursday, the Second Circuit ruled that the rights to the song will end in December of 2016 and will pass down to the descendants of John Frederick Coots, the original author.

Ralph Lauren Loses Another Round of 'Polo' Litigation

There's "Polo by Ralph Lauren" -- everyone knows that. But there's also the "United States Polo Association" (USPA), which uses a similar trademark utilizing the word "Polo" and an outline of a polo player on a horse.

Perhaps you or a loved one has become confused in a department store, as you -- a reasonable consumer -- can't discern the difference between "Polo by Ralph Lauren" and "U.S. Polo Association." Are they the same? Are they different?

Yesterday, the Second Circuit determined that they're just different enough to survive.

2nd Cir. Affirms: Music Companies Defied Consent Decree

Content providers are still struggling to figure out how to make money in the digital age. Music publishers, in particular, were much more comfortable with selling CDs from physical stores than they were selling digital copies, and even those, it seems, are giving way to streaming services.

This case from the Second Circuit pits stream music powerhouse Pandora against an association of music publishers. The publishers resisted allowing "new media" companies to license their works, but both a federal district court and the Second Circuit said the language of their agreements was clear: You can't choose to license to one group, but not to others.

Jack Kirby Estate Settles With Marvel Over Comic Book Characters

You may have never heard of Jack Kirby, but you've heard of X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and The Incredible Hulk? Kirby created, or co-created, all of them -- and more -- between 1958 and 1963, when he was an independent contractor for Marvel Comics.

Last Friday, a surprise announcement sent a shockwave through the legal-comics community. The estate of Jack Kirby and Marvel Entertainment had reached a settlement, meaning the Kirby v. Marvel cert petition would likely be withdrawn from the Supreme Court's consideration.

Earlier this month, the Second Circuit "tackled the tricky question of how to define originality in architecture," reports Architect Magazine. Though standard copyright theory applies, determining originality in architecture can be difficult for courts.

In finding its own path, the Second Circuit rejected the analysis of the Eleventh Circuit, and decided to go its own way.