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Society of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery Inc. v. Archbishop Gregory of Denver, Colorado

Fish Cases

Society of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery Inc. v. Archbishop Gregory of Denver, Colorado

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Represented the The Holy Transfiguration Monastery (“HTM”), a Greek Orthodox monastery located in Brookline, MA in a copyright infringement suit involving infringement of the Monastery's copyrighted translations of ancient religious Greek texts. Presented oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit before a three judge panel including Judge Juan Torruella, Judge Michael Boudin, and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Souter who was sitting by designation. The First Circuit affirmed the prior opinions of the District Court, concluding that the defendant was liable for copyright infringement and reaffirming, in a significant opinion, that translations are copyrightable works and that the art of translation is a creative process that involves artistic choices.

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Represented the The Holy Transfiguration Monastery (“HTM”), a Greek Orthodox monastery located in Brookline, MA in a copyright infringement suit involving infringement of the Monastery’s copyrighted translations of ancient religious Greek texts. Presented oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit before a three judge panel including Judge Juan Torruella, Judge Michael Boudin, and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Souter who was sitting by designation. The First Circuit affirmed the prior opinions of the District Court, concluding that the defendant was liable for copyright infringement and reaffirming, in a significant opinion, that translations are copyrightable works and that the art of translation is a creative process that involves artistic choices.