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Forum on Attorney’s Fees in Copyright Cases: Are We Running Through the Jungle Now or Is the Old Man Still Stuck Down the Road?

35 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2011  

Paul Marcus

William & Mary Law School

David Nimmer

Irell & Manella LLP

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

In 1994, the Supreme Court handed down Fogerty v. Fantasy, Inc., its only opinion ever to address the matter of awarding fees in copyright infringements cases. In this forum, Paul Marcus and David Nimmer, two “brother in copyright law” – who also happen to be brothers-in-law – put side fraternal affections to debate the implications of that ruling.

Specifically, the two authors review the pre-Fogerty dual and even-handed approaches that courts took in deciding whether to award attorneys fees to prevailing plaintiffs or defendants. The two authors then debate whether the Supreme Court’s decision in Fogerty significantly altered the landscape for the recovery of attorney fees

Keywords: copyright, infringement, attorney, fee, Fogerty, court

Suggested Citation

Marcus, Paul and Nimmer, David, Forum on Attorney’s Fees in Copyright Cases: Are We Running Through the Jungle Now or Is the Old Man Still Stuck Down the Road? (1997). William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 1, p. 65, 1997; William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-88. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1792608

Paul Marcus (Contact Author)

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David Nimmer

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