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CCC Information Services, Inc. v. Maclean Hunter Market Reports, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
44 F.3d 61 (1994)


Facts

Maclean Hunter Market Reports, Inc. (Maclean) (defendant) published a used-car valuation compilation entitled Automobile Red Book – Official Used Car Valuations (the Red Book). The Red Book was published in hard copy eight times a year, with four different versions available based on location in the United States. Each edition used factors weighed by the Maclean editors using independent judgment, such as year, mileage, and location, to predict prices for specific model years of featured vehicles in the coming six weeks. CCC Information Services, Inc. (CCC) (plaintiff) appropriated the information in the Red Book to create a computer database that used information from the Red Book and another similar compilation, the Blue Book, to provide vehicle valuation to its subscribers. CCC brought an action for declaratory judgment that it did not infringe on a copyright held by Maclean, and Maclean submitted a counterclaim alleging that infringement had occurred. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of CCC. Maclean appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Leval, J.)

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