The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a nonprofit licensor of copyrighted math materials against a commercial duplicating company that copied the materials for licensee school districts for a fee. Great Minds v. Office Depot, Inc., Case. No. 18-55331 (9th Cir. Dec. 27, 2019) (Farris, J).

Great Minds publishes a copyrighted math curriculum called Eureka Math, which it licenses royalty-free to schools and school districts for “noncommercial” uses. The licensees are permitted to make copies of the materials for their own use. Great Minds reserves the right to collect royalties when the materials are used for “other than noncommercial” purposes.


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