Leeor Neta on a Landmark Copyright Decision
Leeor Neta, Newman | DuWors
Leeor counsels clients on intellectual property, Internet and mobile marketing, data privacy, communications, and general corporate law. He has prosecuted and defended hundreds of intellectual property and Internet-related disputes. He represents domestic and foreign clients in a variety of matters, including IP infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, domain disputes, and licensing. His practice spans a variety of jurisdictions in courts throughout the country. Leeor is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A Landmark Copyright Decision
Not that one. . . . This one involves whether CSS may be protected by copyright.
What is CSS?
That’s CES – the Consumer Electronics Show.
Not the same.
Can you Copyright CSS?
MEDIA.NET ADVERTISING FZ-LLC, Plaintiff, v. NETSEER, INC (Case No. 14-cv-03883-EMC) (N.D. Cal. Jan. 12, 2016)
The Court finds that portions of Plaintiff‘s HTML code meet the requisite level of creativity to be copyrightable. Specifically, Plaintiff‘s HTML code employs classes, which provides the opportunity for a developer to express creativity.
Should You Protect CSS?
From Copyright 101
The primary purpose of copyright law is not so much to protect the interests of the authors/creators, but rather to promote the progress of science and the useful arts—that is—knowledge. To accomplish this purpose, copyright ownership encourages authors/creators in their efforts by granting them a temporary monopoly, or ownership of exclusive rights for a specified length of time.