United States Magistrate Judge recommends finding IAPMO liable for copyright infringement

United States Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui has issued a report recommending that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia find that the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Inc., and IAPMO Evaluation Service, LLC (IAPMO-ES) (collectively IAPMO) infringed the copyrights for 26 ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) evaluation reports and acceptance criteria. The magistrate judge overwhelmingly agreed with ICC-ES’s arguments, finding, among other things, that:

  • ICC-ES owns valid and protectable copyrights in the evaluation reports and acceptance criteria;
  • IAPMO infringed ICC-ES’s copyrighted works through reproduction and distribution of the copyrighted works on IAPMO’s internal systems; and
  • ICC-ES is entitled to a permanent injunction prohibiting IAPMO and their employees and agents from any infringement of ICC-ES’s current and future copyrighted works.

The report is an important development in ICC-ES’s litigation against IAPMO, but it is not a final decision

and will be reviewed by a District Court Judge who will issue a separate decision. Read more here.