Rick was quoted today in Managing IP’s article Led Zeppelin Ruling Should Ease Burden on Copyright Defendants about the Ninth Circuit’s en banc decision in Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin. It’s paywalled (sorry), but a free trial is available. Among other things, the Ninth Circuit drew a clear distinction between probative similarity (that tends to prove a connection between the accused infringer and the copyrighted work) and substantial similarity (which goes to whether too much protectable material was taken from the copyrighted work). The Ninth Circuit also ditched the “inverse-ratio” rule as too confusing. You can also read Rick’s recent blog post about the case, which Rick describes as the happiest possible ending to the case.

Rick Sanders

Rick is the litigation half of Aaron & Sanders, PLLC; and, from 2012 to 2014, an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was teaching Copyright Law. Vandy also happens to be where he got his law degree in 2000. After graduation, he practiced at a major intellectual-property law firm in Silicon Valley for a few years. He returned to Nashville in 2004, where he worked for a large Nashville firm, practicing as much intellectual-property law as he could, but also a lot of commercial law. He left that firm in 2011 to start Aaron & Sanders with Tara Aaron, so he could practice intellectual-property law full time and work with start-ups and other non-institutional clients.