A seller of karaoke equipment whose insurance carrier paid over $1 million to music publishers to settle infringement claims over the alleged unlicensed distribution of song recordings, in exchange for dismissal of the claims with prejudice, was not the “prevailing party” for purposes of the Copyright Act’s fee-shifting provision, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York City has decided. A district court did not abuse its discretion by denying the seller’s motion for fees (EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. v. KTS Karaoke, Inc., July 20, 2016, per curiam).

A full summary of this case has been published on Kluwer IP Law

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