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Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pub. Co.
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
747 F.3d 673 (2014)
Alaska Stock, LLC (plaintiff), an agency dealing in stock photographs, registered large numbers of photos at a time, listing only some of the authors and titles. This was done in accordance with United States Copyright Office guidance in effect for three decades. Alaska Stock licensed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (Houghton) (defendant) to use some of its stock photos, but Houghton used far more photos than it had paid for. Alaska Stock sought injunctive relief, damages, attorney fees, and costs in federal district court. The court dismissed the claims, holding that the original registrations were defective. Alaska Stock appealed. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kleinfeld, J.)
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