Although everyone will be talking about the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision as the blockbuster copyright ruling of the 2013-14 term, a less publicized opinion, Petrella v. MGM, signals a small but important development in copyright law.  The case, arising from Martin Scorsese’s film Raging Bull, turned on whether MGM could defeat the plaintiff Paula Petrella’s claim for copyright infringement on the basis of the equitable defense of laches.  The Court determined that laches could not be used to defeat her copyright claim for legal remedies, since the Copyright Act has its own statute of limitations which governed her claim.  This seemingly small, but important decision, could encourage other enterprising plaintiffs to dust off long-moldering copyright claims.