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A court in Washington has granted Amazon's motion to dismiss copyright infringement claims made by the heirs of three authors of classic American musical works.


  • In a published opinion, the judge in the case decided that for a copyrighted work to be considered as distributed as defined by section 106 of the US Copyright Act, actual dissemination of the work must have taken place, rather than simply placing the work in a store for purchase.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the reasons why the case brought against Amazon was dismissed.
  • The note explains the reasons given by the court why Amazon had not committed copyright infringement.

Key questions answered

  • What were the claims made against Amazon by the heirs of the authors?
  • For what reasons were the claims dismissed?

Table of contents

Omdia view

  • Summary
  • Defining the making available right
  • How content is distributed is key to proving an infringement


  • Author