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Foreign-Based Infringers Beware: You May Be Within Reach of The Federal Long-Arm Statute

MSK Client Alert
September 7, 2022

Last week, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued another opinion on when U.S. federal courts may exercise specific personal jurisdiction over foreign-based sites sued for copyright infringement. Will Co. Ltd. v. Ka Yeung Lee, No. 21-35617 (Aug. 31, 2022), was published a few weeks after Lang Van, Inc. v. VNG Corporation, 40 F.4th 1034 (9th Cir. 2022) and two years after AMA Multimedia, LLC v. Wanat, 970 F.3d 1201 (9th Cir. 2020), two opinions where the Ninth Circuit also addressed this question. Read together, these three decisions shed light on the circumstances under which copyright owners may successfully bring foreign-based copyright infringer sites into federal court...

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