Raney v. Connor Group
After a tenant started a blog about the misdeeds of his landlord, a very large property management company, the company sued him for libel. From time to time, the blogger illustrated his blog with small parts of the newsletter that the company disseminated to his employees; the blogger would mark up the newsletter satirically or place comments next to the excerpts. The management company sent DMCA notices to the blog hosts, asserting copyright in the newsletters and demanding that they be removed. We represented the blogger in suing for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement. The management company moved to dismiss, but then withdrew its copyright claims. The blogger then dismissed his complaint.