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Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. v. Aveco, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
800 F.2d 59 (1986)
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (Columbia) (plaintiff) produced movies. Aveco, Inc. (defendant) rented Columbia’s movies and private rooms to the public. In Aveco’s stores, families or friends could rent a movie for a fee and could, for an additional cost, play it privately using the cassette player located inside the room. Columbia sued Aveco for copyright infringement, and the district court found that Aveco infringed Columbia’s right to publicly perform and authorize public performances of the copyrighted movies. Aveco appealed, arguing that the performances were not public.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stapleton, J.)
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