Court rules book scanning is fair use, suggesting Google Books victory

11 10 2012

The Author’s Guild has suffered another major setback in its fight to stop Google’s ambitious book-scanning project. The Guild lost a key ally when Google settled with a coalition of major publishers last week. Now a judge has ruled that the libraries who have provided Google with their books to scan are protected by copyright’s fair use doctrine. While the decision doesn’t guarantee that Google will win—that’s still to be decided in a separate lawsuit—the reasoning of this week’s decision bodes well for Google’s case.

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How Much Does Illegally Sharing a Song Cost? $9,250

2 10 2012

The Minnesota woman at the center of the first major file-sharing copyright case to go to trial must pay $9,250 for each of the songs she allegedly downloaded and shared, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

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Minnesota file-sharer loses appeal, must pay $222,000

17 09 2012

A three-judge panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit ruled (PDF) Tuesday in the case of a Minnesota woman, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who has been fighting music piracy legal battles since 2007. When it began, the case was the first trial involving unauthorized file-sharing of intellectual property heard by a jury in the United States.

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File-sharer will take RIAA case to Supreme Court

17 09 2012

Jammie Thomas-Rasset and her legal team are headed—they hope—for the Supreme Court.

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Buyers of Michael Jackson’s Assets from a Storage Locker Auction Can’t Set Up Paywalled Tribute Website–Branca v. Mann

17 09 2012

[Post by Jake McGowan]

Branca v. Mann, CV 11-00584 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 10, 2012)

When a celebrity goes bankrupt or forgets to pay a bill for his/her physical-space storage locker, opportunists may swoop in and purchase the goods so they can try and turn a profit reselling them. But sometimes, these buyers get a little overzealous–they convince themselves that their interest in the tangible property gives them an interest in some of the celebrity’s underlying intellectual property rights. This leads to poorly designed pay-for-access websites with risqué names like “parisexposed.com.”

A district court in California heard one of these storage locker disputes in Branca v. Mann, where the defendants set up a pay-for-access website relating to the late Michael Jackson. The court lowered the boom on August 10th, granting summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs for a long list of claims including copyright infringement, false designation of origin, misappropriation of likeness, cybersquatting, and so on.

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Dutch court rules linking to photos is copyright infringement

17 09 2012

A Dutch court has ruled that the website GeenStijl infringed copyright by linking to unauthorized copies of nude pictures of reality star Britt Dekker. The pictures originally appeared in the Dutch version of Playboy magazine.

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Government admits defeat, gives back seized Rojadirecta domains

1 09 2012

In 2011, the US government grabbed two domains, one .com and one .org, belonging to Spanish sports-TV “linking site” Rojadirecta, claiming that the site was a flagrant enabler of copyright infringement. The government then sought forfeiture of the domains, at which point Rojadirecta’s Spanish parent company fought back. A year and a half after the seizure, the government has capitulated—today it dismissed the case against Rojadirecta and will have to return the domains.

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Why Johnny can’t stream: How video copyright went insane

1 09 2012

Suppose I could offer you a choice of two technologies for watching TV online. Behind Door Number One sits a free-to-watch service that uses off-the-shelf technology and that buffers just enough of each show to put the live stream on the Internet. Behind Door Number Two lies a subscription service that requires custom-designed hardware and makes dozens of copies of each show. Which sounds easier to build—and to use? More importantly, which is more likely to be legal?

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In A First, DOJ Seizes Illegal Phone App Download Websites

23 08 2012

The U.S. Department of Justice, in a first for the agency, said Tuesday it has shut three Websites that allegedly catered to customers seeking illegal copies of copyrighted apps for the Android-based mobile devices and seized their domain names.

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Private justice: How Hollywood money put a Brit behind bars

17 08 2012
Anton Vickerman, 38-year old owner of the once popular link site surfthechannel.com (STC), was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday by a British judge. But the prosecutors sitting across the courtroom from him didn’t work for the Crown—they were lawyers for the movie studio trade group Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

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