Sanford Michelman

M&R Prevails On Behalf of Entertainment Companies in Closely Watched First Amendment Case

First Amendment
First Amendment

M&R attorneys Sanford MichelmanMona Hanna, Jesse Contreras and Kristen Peters won an important Ninth Circuit decision on behalf of client Rightscorp (who represents Warner Bros. and BMG Music). Rightscorp pursues copyright infringers on behalf of entertainment clients and attempts to settle with them for small fines. Plaintiffs had claimed that Rightscorp was abusing the legal process by using subpoenas to identify film and TV pirates. Some pirated movies at issue include Shawshank Redemption, Gravity and The Lord of the Rings. However, M&R argued that Rightscorp had a First Amendment right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” While some media outlets were hostile to this argument, the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of Rightscorp.

Read more about the win at The Hollywood Reporter.

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