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Dark Knight Cammer Gets 2 Years in Prison

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In 2008, the latest Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight’ became a massive hit, setting a one-day box office record of $66.4 million on its opening day and taking $996,500,000 by the end of the year. Of course, Warner worked hard to hinder piracy, even handing out night-vision goggles in Australia...
Dark Knight Cammer Gets 2 Years in Prison

German case on embedding YouTube videos referred to EU court

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Embedded YouTube videos don't infringe copyright under current German law, but they could violate European rules, the German Federal Court of Justice said on Thursday.The court said that it has referred a case about YouTube embeds to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg for...
German case on embedding YouTube videos referred to EU court

New York court casts doubt on resale of digital music in ReDigi case

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Judge says 'second-hand' service infringed on Capitol Records' right to reproduction but experts suggest issue is not resolvedThe legality of selling digital music in the same way as an old book or CD has been called into question, after a New York court ruled that the act is in violation...
New York court casts doubt on resale of digital music in ReDigi case

YouTube's Copyright Protection System Got A Tweak, Needed An Overhaul

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YouTube's five-year-old Content ID program, designed to minimize the copyright infringement inherent in accepting user-generated content, once epitomized corporate bullying of small-time creatives. The company took a decisive turn yesterday when it announced an appeals process for users whose content has been removed or demonetized, plus a new algorithm to...
YouTube's Copyright Protection System Got A Tweak, Needed An Overhaul

Backer of Cellphone Unlocking Petition Sets Sights on Modifying Copyright Act

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The man behind the petition to re-legalize unlocking of cellphones now has a broader target: The Digital Millenium Copyright Act itself. It’s that law that the Library of Congress used to rule that cellphone unlocking was illegal in the first place, and that’s the law that ultimately needs to be...
Backer of Cellphone Unlocking Petition Sets Sights on Modifying Copyright Act

Aereo: Has No One Noticed It's Insane That We're Being Accused Of Infringing BECAUSE We Carefully Followed The Cablevision Precedent?

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The Aereo copyright fight continues. As you may recall, Aereo is a startup that is trying to let people stream free over-the-air broadcasting over the internet. To stay within the framework of copyright law, they've set up the most inefficient system possible, in which each subscriber gets his or her...
Aereo: Has No One Noticed It's Insane That We're Being Accused Of Infringing BECAUSE We Carefully Followed The Cablevision Precedent?

Court Says Negligence Claim For Allowing Downloading On Your WiFi Is 'Untenable'

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A few weeks back, we wrote about a lawsuit involving porn company Liberty Media, once again trying to make a negligence claim against the operator of a WiFi network, because someone else had downloaded infringing content on that network (and, in this case, apparently the owner of the network was...
Court Says Negligence Claim For Allowing Downloading On Your WiFi Is 'Untenable'

US lawmakers plan sweeping review of copyright

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A key U.S. lawmaker has unveiled plans for a comprehensive review of the laws surrounding copyright in the United States to determine whether they are still relevant in the digital age.Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that his committee will begin...
US lawmakers plan sweeping review of copyright

Why The Supreme Court Needs To Make Sure That Selling A Used iPad Isn't A Copyright Violation

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Over the last few years, we've been following a series of cases that have challenged the first sale doctrine -- which says that if you buy a product that has some element covered by copyright (i.e., a book) you're able to resell that item at a later date without seeking...
Why The Supreme Court Needs To Make Sure That Selling A Used iPad Isn't A Copyright Violation
Google wins crucial API ruling, Oracle's case decimated
With Aereo appeal, broadcasters threaten the foundation of locker services

Sorry, Amazon: Court deals blow to resale of 'used' digital music

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A federal judge’s ruling in favor of Capitol Records in a suit against the ReDigi digital music service could have implications for Amazon.com and other companies that have been eying the market for “used” digital goods. Siding with the record label’s copyright claims, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan found,...
Sorry, Amazon: Court deals blow to resale of 'used' digital music

Piracy Wars: Grooveshark's Looming Shutdown and Why Pirate Bay May Be Next

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Online music piracy has been an issue for well over a decade, but things have gotten much more interesting in the last few months. The shutdown of Megaupload was more or less the opening shot in the latest phase of the ongoing war over online piracy. Even before Kim Dotcom...
Piracy Wars: Grooveshark's Looming Shutdown and Why Pirate Bay May Be Next

Aereo gets unfair competition claim dismissed, still faces two claims of copyright infringement

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Aereo's mini-antenna arrays started streaming OTA television broadcasts in Gotham a couple months ago in spite of the lawsuit filed by a few of New York's local stations to stop them from doing so. Today, it was able to dismiss its opponents' state law unfair competition claim under the...
Aereo gets unfair competition claim dismissed, still faces two claims of copyright infringement

Ruling in Google versus Oracle: APIs are not copyrightable

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Further announcements have come from Judge William Alsup's courtroom in the Google versus Oracle case today. The judge has decreed programming APIs to be non-copyrightable. The ruling comes in accordance with existing copyright law declaring "a utilitarian and functional set of symbols, each to carry out a pre-assigned function" non-copyrightable...
Ruling in Google versus Oracle: APIs are not copyrightable

Taiwan's Copyright Proposals Would Combine SOPA With A Dash Of The Great Firewall Of China

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You might have hoped that the extensive discussions that took place around SOPA a year or so ago would have warned off governments elsewhere from replicating some of the really bad ideas there, like DNS blocking, but it seems that Taiwan didn't get the message, as Global Voices reports:...
Taiwan's Copyright Proposals Would Combine SOPA With A Dash Of The Great Firewall Of China

US Copyright Office Seeking Comments On Resale Royalties For Visual Artists

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Well, it looks as if all of Bruce Lehman's lobbying has possibly paid off. Lehman, the author of the DMCA and the lobbyist for the Artists Rights Society, began floating the idea of a resale royalty for visual artists, following in the footsteps of other countries who have allowed visual...
US Copyright Office Seeking Comments On Resale Royalties For Visual Artists

Pirate Site Blocking Legislation Approved By Norwegian Parliament

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Issues surrounding online file-sharing have existed in Norway for many years but events leading up to the relatively recent push for legislative change can be traced back to frustrations linked to the persistence of The Pirate Bay. In March 2009, the IFPI and several local movie studios began putting pressure...
Pirate Site Blocking Legislation Approved By Norwegian Parliament
Heirs of Superman artist can't reclaim their copyright, judge rules

Ray Charles Foundation Sues To Stop Children Taking Back Copyright

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Before his death, music legend Ray Charles gave $500,000 in trust to his children on the condition they would seek no claim to his musical estate. Now, some of the children appear to have reneged on the deal by triggering a controversial law that lets artists and their heirs...
Ray Charles Foundation Sues To Stop Children Taking Back Copyright

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Appeal in $222,000 File-Sharing Case

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The historic case of the world’s largest recording labels versus the Minnesota mother is well known for its tortuous and extended path through the U.S. legal system. The case first went to trial in 2007 and resulted in a $222,000 award after Thomas-Rasset was found to have illegally shared songs...
Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Appeal in $222,000 File-Sharing Case

ReDigi Loses: You Can't Resell Your MP3s (Unless You Sell Your Whole Hard Drive)

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This is hardly a surprise at all. In fact, we expected this kind of ruling all along. ReDigi, the company that was trying to build a "market" around "used MP3s" has lost at the district court. As you may recall, ReDigi tried to set up a system that monitors your...
ReDigi Loses: You Can't Resell Your MP3s (Unless You Sell Your Whole Hard Drive)

Kim Dotcom Files Brief In His Trial In The Court Of Public Opinion

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A bunch of folks have been pointing us to the new "whitepaper" released by Kim Dotcom, which lays out two key things: why the lawsuit against him is a complete legal sham and also why it was driven by a corrupt connection between the US government and the MPAA. The...
Kim Dotcom Files Brief In His Trial In The Court Of Public Opinion

Early Lessons From New Zealand's 'Three Strikes' Punishments

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New Zealand has the unhappy distinction of being in the vanguard of using the "three strikes" approach of punishment for people accused of sharing unauthorized copies online. As in France and the UK, this was brought in without any preparatory research to ascertain its effectiveness, and without any real thought...
Early Lessons From New Zealand's 'Three Strikes' Punishments

Can A Company Be An 'Author' For The Purpose Of Copyright?

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Paul Keating points us to an analysis of an interesting copyright ruling in Singapore last year, which said that companies can't be "authors" for the purpose of copyright. They can be owners of the copyright, but not the authors: The Court of Appeal drew a distinction between authorship and ownership....
Can A Company Be An 'Author' For The Purpose Of Copyright?

New Anti-Piracy Group Will Monitor File-Sharers and Block All Major Torrent Sites

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For years the online environment in Norway has been tipped in the favor of file-sharers. There have been barriers to rightsholders monitoring alleged pirates and torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay have been accessible to all. In May 2011, things began to change when the Ministry of Culture announced...
New Anti-Piracy Group Will Monitor File-Sharers and Block All Major Torrent Sites

Arguing That 'Copyright And The First Amendment Coexisted For 200 Years' Is To Ignore Reality

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Some guy trying to sell his book about how copyright infringement is all a big, bad plot of big, bad companies has a silly and ill-informed article trying to tarnish Aaron Swartz's reputation by making statements about what he believed and what he fought for that have little basis in...
Arguing That 'Copyright And The First Amendment Coexisted For 200 Years' Is To Ignore Reality

JUDGE: Dear Oracle, You're Not Getting A Dime From Google Over Android (ORCL, GOOG)

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This is good news for the software industry. The judge ruled that Google didn't violate copyright law when it developed Android. So, Google doesn't owe Oracle ANY money—much less the billions that Oracle was at one time suing for. Even though the jury found that Google was guilty of copyright...
JUDGE: Dear Oracle, You're Not Getting A Dime From Google Over Android (ORCL, GOOG)

Norway Faces Site Blocking Measures in Anti-Filesharing Bill

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Back in March 2009, the IFPI and several local movie studios began putting pressure on Telenor, Norway’s largest Internet service provider. It was a familiar tale – stop your subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay, the ISP was told, or legal action will follow. Following Telenor’s refusal the rightsholders kept...
Norway Faces Site Blocking Measures in Anti-Filesharing Bill

EU Court Asked To Rule On Legality Of Downloading From Illegal Sources

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Last week the Dutch Supreme Court decided to refer some interesting questions to the European Court of Justice. The responses it receives back could have some serious implications for the tolerant environment currently enjoyed by file-sharers in the Netherlands. The case involves argument over the country’s private copy levy, which...
EU Court Asked To Rule On Legality Of Downloading From Illegal Sources
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