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Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Nevada Copyright Litigation Landscape (Part 2)

In an effort to map the copyright litigation landscape in Nevada an earlier post on this blog provided the statistics for copyright cases filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada in 2010, 2011, and 2012 (from January 1 to September 24, 2012). The two charts in the post show the landscape with and without the Righthaven cases - cases that were filed by a single plaintiff and that might be viewed as an anomaly in the copyright case filings for the District of Nevada.

The following two charts continue the mapping of the Nevada copyright litigation landscape by providing breakdowns for the data on copyright cases filed in the District, excluding Righthaven. The first chart shows the number of copyright cases by protected subject matter and covers calendar years 2010 and 2011 and the period between January 1 and September 19, 2012.

[Click on the chart to view a larger version.]

Among the cases are cases with ties to the local entertainment and casino industry; for example, the one case filed in 2012 that involves a dramatic work concerns the magic of Mr. Raymond Teller (of Penn & Teller; Teller v. Dogge, 2:12-cv-00591). However, cases do arise from outside the entertainment and casino industry; for example, the sculpture at issue in the two sculpture cases filed in 2010 and 2011 is the "High Scaler" sculpture - a memorial to some of the workers who built the Hoover Dam (Liguori et al v. Hansen et al., 2:10-cv-00384 and 2:11-cv-00492).

The following chart shows the statistics for copyright cases per law firm for law firms representing plaintiffs, and documents the variety of plaintiffs' attorneys filing copyright cases in the District. Most of the cases were filed by Lewis and Roca LLP (nine cases), Greenberg Traurig LLP (six cases), and Randazza Legal Group (five cases). The 24 cases filed by "other firms" are cases filed by firms that each filed only one copyright case in the District Court in the given period of time.

[The above charts were prepared based on data provided by Lex Machina, Inc.]