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HILLER, LLC,
Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
SUCCESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LEARNING ALLIANCE, LLC, et al.,
Defendants,

CLOCKWORK IP, LLC,
Intervenor-Appellant.
   No. 19-6115
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Middle District of Tennessee at Nashville.
No. 3:17-cv-00743—Jon Phipps McCalla, District Judge.
Argued: August 6, 2020
Decided and Filed: September 23, 2020
Before: SUHRHEINRICH, GIBBONS, and BUSH, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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SUHRHEINRICH, Circuit Judge. Appellant Clockwork IP, LLC intervened in this copyright case to claim that it—not the plaintiff and registered copyright holder Hiller, LLC1— owned the allegedly-infringed work, a customer-service training guide for HVAC technicians (the Guide). The jury rejected Clockwork’s sole request for relief: a declaration invalidating Hiller’s copyright in the Guide.

Clockwork makes two arguments on appeal. First, Clockwork contends that the district court erred by denying its motion for judgment as a matter of law because no reasonable juror could have found that Hiller owns a copyright in any part of the Guide. Second, Clockwork asserts that the district court improperly instructed the jury that Hiller could hold a copyright in the Guide, even though it contained Clockwork-copyrighted material, so long as that material did not “pervade[] the entire work.”

Clockwork is wrong on both points. The jury reasonably concluded that Hiller created enough original material to gain copyright protection,3 and the district judge correctly instructed the jury that the Guide’s incorporation of some Clockwork-copyrighted content did not invalidate Hiller’s copyright in the Guide’s original parts. We affirm.