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Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. v. Redd Horne, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
749 F.2d 154 (1984)


Facts

Maxwell’s Video Showcase, Ltd. (Maxwell’s) (defendant) maintained and marketed two facilities that allowed customers to rent video home system (VHS) copies of films and view the copies onsite in private video booths. Customers would make a film selection in the showroom area before proceeding to one of the facilities’ many private-exhibition rooms, in which the selected film would be displayed on a small television screen. Each private viewing room was restricted to the individual renter, but Maxwell’s facilities and services were open and marketed to the general public. After learning of Maxwell’s business, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (Columbia) (plaintiff) brought a suit against Maxwell’s, claiming that the private showings infringed upon the copyright protection of Columbia’s films. The district court granted Columbia’s motion for summary judgment and enjoined Maxwell’s from displaying films in the private booths. Maxwell’s appealed.

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