Reeling ACTA treaty rejected by three European Parliament committees

31 05 2012

Momentum against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement continued to build on Thursday as three different committees of the European Parliament voted not to recommend adoption of the treaty. A final vote by the full European Parliament is scheduled for July.

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Epic awarded nearly $4.5 million in Silicon Knights lawsuit

31 05 2012

A legal battle that has weighed heavily on Unreal Engine maker Epic Games and Too Human developer Silicon Knights for over five years has finally been resolved, with Epic winning $4.45 million in counterclaims against the developer.

“Case over. Jury finds for Epic on all counts,” Epic Games President Mark Rein tweeted. The company later issued a statement saying that the court found Silicon Knights had “breached the license agreement, misappropriated Epic’s trade secrets, and infringed Epic’s copyrights in the Unreal Engine 3 code.”

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RIAA wants to issue unlimited takedowns to Google

31 05 2012

If Google really hated piracy, it would let copyright holders supply takedown lists of unlimited length. That’s the view of the recording industry, which yesterday issued a blog post from a top anti-piracy executive that blasted Google in the wake of the company’s updated Transparency Report tool.

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Viacom tells appeals court YouTube profited from infringement, so no Safe Harbor

31 05 2012

The entertainment giant Viacom is asking the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to overturn last year’s ruling that Google is not liable for copyright-infringing Viacom content uploaded to its YouTube site. Speaking Tuesday before a three-judge panel, a Viacom lawyer argued that the lower court erred in holding that YouTube was eligible for the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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April 5, 2012 | By Corynne McSherry

Viacom v. Google: A Decision at Last, and It’s Mostly Good (for the Internet and Innovation)

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The Internet can breathe a sigh of relief today.  In the latest twist in the long-running Viacom v. YouTube litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals revived the entertainment giant’s suit against Google – but simultaneously eviscerated most of the legal theories on which the lawsuit was based. . . .

Today’s decision largely affirms that earlier ruling, finding that YouTube is protected from liability except where the company actually knew of (or was willfully blind to) specific instances of infringement of material at issue in the case, or facts of circumstances indicating such specific infringement.   The appellate court also held that YouTube could be on the hook if it was “willfully blind” to specific infringement – but stressed that YouTube did not have a duty to monitor user activities.  In other words, the company can’t have made a deliberate effort to avoid guilty knowledge, but that doesn’t mean it had an affirmative duty to seek out infringing activity. And, in a bit of a technical point, the court said it was unclear whether syndicating clips might be the kind of activity contemplated by the safe harbors, but that it needed more facts as to whether any of the clips at issue were actually syndicated.

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New Zealand judge orders US to hand over Megaupload documents

31 05 2012

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants scored a significant victory on Tuesday when a New Zealand judge ordered the United States government to hand over evidence the defense will need to prepare for an upcoming extradition hearing. He rejected the government’s argument that the defendants should make do with the information about its case the government itself chose to introduce in court.

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French court gives YouTube a victory in copyright infringement case

31 05 2012

A French superior court ruled in favor of YouTube on Tuesday, saying that the Google-owned video sharing platform did not infringe upon TF1, one of the biggest national TV channels in the country. TF1 claimed that YouTube users uploaded videos of some of the sports and film productions that the channel had the rights to distribute, and that Google owed the company up to €141 million (or about $176 million) in damages.

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US Marshals turned loose to collect $63,720.80 from Righthaven

30 05 2012

Looks like it’s time to turn out the lights on Righthaven. The US Marshal for the District of Nevada has just been authorized by a federal court to use “reasonable force” to seize $63,720.80 in cash and/or assets from the Las Vegas copyright troll after Righthaven failed to pay a court judgment from August 15.

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Piracy problems? US copyright industries show terrific health

30 05 2012

Pity the poor people who work in the US “copyright industries.” Battered by a decade of digital piracy and facing even more of it thanks to cheap computers, fast Internet, P2P file-sharing, and online file lockers, the US creative industries teeter on the verge of collapse. You can tell because the industry:

  • Pays better than most American jobs
  • Has outperformed the US economy through a horrific recession
  • Sells record-setting amounts of product overseas, earning more foreign revenue than the entire US food sector or US pharmaceutical companies

Things are going so “badly” that a major new report commissioned by copyright holders says that these “consistently positive trends solidify the status of the copyright industries as a key engine of growth for the US economy as a whole.”

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Warner Bros: we issued takedowns for files we never saw, didn’t own copyright to

30 05 2012

In a Monday court filing, Warner Brothers admitted that it has issued takedown notices for files without looking at them first. The studio also acknowledged that it issued takedown notices for a number of URLs that its adversary, the locker site Hotfile, says were obviously not Warner Brothers’ content.

Hotfile has been locked in a legal battle with Hollywood studios since February; the studios accuse the site of facilitating copyright infringement on a massive scale. Hotfile counters that it is immune from liability for the infringements of its users because it complies with the notice-and-takedown procedures established by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. But Hotfile has also tried to turn the tables by arguing that one of the studios, Warner Brothers, has itself violated the DMCA by issuing bogus takedown requests.

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It’s official: America a land of young, casual pirates

30 05 2012

A major new survey of American attitudes to online copyright infringement has found that 70 percent of all 18 to 29-year-olds have pirated music, TV shows, or movies. But almost no Americans are hardcore grog-swillers, and two-thirds of those who do acquire copyrighted material without permission also acquire content legally.

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