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Wofsy v. de Fontbrune

Petition for certiorari denied on April 3, 2023
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
22-531 9th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2022

Issues: (1) Whether, under the first of the four copyright fair-use factors, a scholarly book that is “offered for sale” for use in academic and related settings is a commercial or non-commercial work; (2) whether, for purposes of the second fair-use factor, a work’s level of creativity is a distinct inquiry from whether that work is sufficiently original to be copyrightable, or whether a work that meets the threshold for copyrightability is automatically considered creative; and (3) whether, where a representational photograph is reproduced in its entirety because a partial photograph would not be a useful depiction of its subject, the third fair-use factor is neutral or weighs against fair use.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Dec 05 2022Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due January 9, 2023)
Jan 09 2023Brief of respondents Vincent Sicre De Fontbrune, et al. in opposition filed.
Jan 24 2023Reply of petitioners Alan Wofsy, et al. filed.
Mar 15 2023DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/31/2023.
Apr 03 2023Petition DENIED.