Raney v. Connor Group

Topic(s): 
Internet Free Speech — Miscellaneous
Case Description: 

After a tenant started a blog about the misdeeds of his landlord, a very large property management company with apartment buildings throughout the midwest, it sued him for libel. From time to time, the blogger illustrated his blog with of 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 repeatedly sent DMCA notices to the blog hosts, asserting copyright in the newsletters and demanding that they be removed; had the hosts not removed the content, they could have been sued for copyright infringement. We represent the blogger in suing for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement. The management company has moved to dismiss; our response is due at the end of September.