Identity Arts v. Best Buy; Gee Jeffery & Partners v. AMC, Best Buy and Sprint

Obtained dismissal of copyright-infringement claims asserted against clients Best Buy and AMC movie theaters. In the related actions, plaintiffs sued alleging copyright infringement based on our clients’ courtesy movie trailer encouraging movie patrons to turn off their cell phones. Though our clients’ trailers and the copyrighted work both used the idea of a faux movie trailer interrupted by a ringing cell phone, our successful defense rested on the core copyright premise that copyright only protects the specific expression of an idea and not the idea itself. The court also awarded Best Buy fees and costs in the amount of $108,245.

*Past results are reported to provide the reader with an indication of the type of litigation we practice. They do not and should not be construed to create an expectation of result in any other case, as all cases are dependent upon their own unique fact situation and applicable law.