Las Vegas Trademark Attorney: “Avoiding The Wrath of Righthaven”:

There has been a lot of discussion in the Las Vegas area (and nationwide) about the numerous copyright infringement lawsuits filed by a Las Vegas company named Righthaven, LLC. As of August 4, 2010, Righthaven had filed approximately 86 lawsuits against various website operators

Plaintiff Gaiman (famous writer) sues Defendant McFarlane (famous comic artist). Defendant hired plaintiff to write some scripts for the SPAWN comic book. Plaintiff creates a new character, Dark Age Spawn. Defendant later uses a Medieval Spawn. Judge, in determining damages, finds that Medieval Spawn infringes Dark Age Spawn.
Rainy day fun: compare the copyright analysis

Defendant recording studio, Reckless Music, LLC, attempted to defend itself against copyright infringement by arguing that the studio engineer who copied plaintiff’s software without authorization, was an independent contractor. It was found liable on a vicarious liability theory but costs and fees were not awarded agaisnt it because its defense was not unreasonable, under Fogerty

This is an interesting case. Plaintiff makes copyrighted blank forms that companies fill out when they make EDGAR filings with the SEC pursuant to the Exchange Act. Defendant downloads completed versions of the forms from EDGAR and sells them. Plaintiff sued for copyright infringement.
First, it seems that this is a case of first impression