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Molinelli-Freytes v. University of Puerto Rico
United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
792 F. Supp. 2d 164 (2010)
Jose Molinelli-Freytes (plaintiff) alleged that the University of Puerto Rico (university) (defendant) infringed his copyright in a manuscript that he created during nonworking hours while employed as a professor at the university. The university argued that Molinelli-Freytes did not own the copyright in the manuscript because it was a work for hire. Molinelli-Freytes filed a motion for preliminary injunction, which the district court denied. However, the court also noted that a question of law remained as to whether there was a teacher exception to the work-for-hire doctrine. The court ordered further briefing of the matter for the purpose of narrowing the issues for trial.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Dominguez, J.)
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