A new door has opened regarding copyright infringement suits, both old and new, due to the ruling in Petrella v. MGM. The Copyright Act states that “no civil action shall be maintained under the provisions of this title unless it is commenced within three years after the claim accrued.” In simpler words, the statute of limitations for copyright infringement is three years. “If infringement occurred within three years prior to filing, the action will not be barred even if prior infringements by the same party as to the same work are barred because they occurred more than three years previously.”
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on March 8, 2017. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Amsalem, Leeor, "Old Copyright Suits May Be On the Rise Due to “Raging Bull”" (2017). AELJ Blog. 152.