Architectural Works, Copyright Infringement, Substantial Similarity, Evidence, Evidence of Prior Acts
Custom Homes, Inc. v. Modern Day Construction, Inc., 476 Fed.Appx. 190 (11th Circuit
April 17, 2012). District court granted
summary judgment finding that no reasonable jury could find substantial
similarity in architectural drawings and designs. The 11th Circuit rejected the
appellant’s argument that prior act evidence should be admissible. Appellant tried to draw the analogy to
trademark law where such evidence is admissible to prove likelihood of
confusion. The 11th Circuit
observed that prior act evidence even if admissible to prove damages is not
admissible to lower the threshold to prove liability. Rule 404 of the Federal Rules of Evidence
excludes prior act evidence to prove character to demonstrate action in
conformity with that character.
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Copyright Law - Eleventh Circuit - Can Prior Infringements Help A Substantial Similarity Claim?
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