A little dab will do ya!

Normally, copy someone else’s original work and Peter Private Process Server is Googling your home address. However, did you know that the judge may deal you a get-out-of-jail-free card if you only copy a dab? Dippity Doo-dah!!!!

This defendant copied 12-14 practice exam questions from a competitor’s test that contained over 1000 questions. The trial judge said this was just a dab and plaintiff needed to get out of defendant’s hair. The copying was de minimis, and the copyright world is jiggy with it, I guess.

The opinion has a nice discussion of the de minimis doctrine and cites the famous Beastie Boys case:

http://business.cch.com/ipld/louisianaVamerican.pdf

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