Judge says domain name loss is not a “substantial hardship”

5 08 2011

A federal judge has rejected a petition by the Spanish company Puerto 80 for the return of the domain names Rojadirecta.com and Rojadirecta.org. The US federal government seized the domains earlier this year, arguing that they were primarily used to provide links to infringing sporting content.

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Feature: Big Content’s latest antipiracy weapon: extradition

28 07 2011

As major American copyright holders continue their long war on file-sharing, the focus of the debate has increasingly shifted overseas. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun seizing the domain names of so-called rogue sites based overseas. And copyright interests are pushing for the passage of the PROTECT IP Act, which would draft various intermediaries, including DNS providers, into the fight against such sites.

In May, American law enforcement officials opened up yet another front in this war by seeking the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer.

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French copyright cops: we’re swamped with “three strikes” complaints

14 07 2011

Hadopi, the French agency charged with implementing France’s stringent “three strikes” copyright enforcement program, has released new statistics that shed light on the logistical challenges of getting a nation of 65 million people to stop sharing infringing content online.

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New Register of Copyrights: “Unfortunately, I start with enforcement”

13 07 2011

July 13, 2011

The US hasn’t had a new Register of Copyrights since 1994, when Marybeth Peters stepped into the job of top US copyright official. So when Peters stepped down at the end of 2010 and a search geared up for her replacement, interest was high.

The new head of the Copyright Office would enter the job during a chaotic moment for copyright, facing challenges like P2P file-sharing, rising public interest in fair use, mass copyright lawsuits around the country, and a new set of bills in Congress that attempt to make choke off streaming and P2P piracy. No longer was copyright a sleepy domain for lawyers and a few publishers; it was now at the center of crucial Supreme Court battles over things like term extensions and services like Grokster.

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Judge rules “locker” site is not direct copyright infringer

11 07 2011

July 11, 2011

A federal judge in Miami has dismissed direct copyright infringement charges against Hotfile, a popular online “locker” service that the major Hollywood studios allege is responsible for massive copyright infringement. But he allowed the case to proceed on charges that Hotfile has induced and profited from the infringing activities of its users. The 9-page opinion, first reported by the Hollywood, Esq. blog, provides early clues about how Judge Adalberto Jordan views the defendants, Hotfile and its alleged owner Anton Titov.

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Shock, awe: British government agrees that copyright has gone too far

3 07 2011

The British government today pledged (PDF) to enact significant changes to copyright law, including orphan works reforms and the introduction of new copyright exceptions. And the tone of the comments was surprising: the government agrees that “copyright currently over-regulates to the detriment of the UK.” CD (and perhaps DVD) ripping for personal use should become legal at last—and the government is even keen to see that the consumer rights granted by law can’t simply be taken away by contract (such as a “EULA” sticker on a CD demanding that a disk not be ripped).

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“Hot Topics in UGC Liability” Talk Slides

28 06 2011

By Eric Goldman

june 28, 1011

Earlier this month, Internet law superstar Ian Ballon and I spoke for about 90 minutes on hot topics in Internet law. Watch the video by downloading or streaming (item #47) it.

I spoke about recent legal developments related to user-generated content. My talk slides.

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Can Microsoft use the DMCA to kill competing Xbox 360 accessories?

9 06 2011

June 9, 2011

Can Microsoft remotely disable third-party accessories from working with the Xbox 360 and get away with it?

The Redmond, Washington software- and console-maker did just that, and claims copyright law gave it the right. At issue is Microsoft’s 2009 remote disabling of Datel memory cards, which prompted an antitrust lawsuit that lives on today—litigation that has morphed into the latest test of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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Copyright Office joins in: let’s make illegal streaming a felony

9 06 2011

On her first day as the new Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante trekked across the street from the Library of Congress to the Rayburn Office Building for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on whether unauthorized Internet streaming should become a felony. “Copyright policy is never finished,” she told the assembled Representatives, adding that it’s time for another tweak to the law.

“It is clear that unauthorized copyrighted content is a significant problem that will only increase in severity if technology outpaces legal reforms,” she concluded.

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RIAA-backed warrantless search bill advances in California & and passes

18 05 2011

– May 18 2011

If you run a CD or DVD duplication company and you’re based in California, you may soon be subject to warrantless searches in order to “fight piracy.” California Senate Bill 550, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), has slowly begun making its way through the state legislature as a way to cut down on counterfeit discs, but critics worry that it may open the door to Fourth Amendment violations.

Currently, commercial disc manufacturers in California must stamp unique identifiers onto their products as a way to separate commercial products from counterfeits. Discs without these identifiers are considered illegal, and those who mass produce knockoff discs for the black market can already be pursued as criminals under existing law.

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Apparently the measure passed and was put into law, Jan. 1, 2012. I would like a stronger source than what I’ve so far been able to find, but for now:

“A new anti-piracy legislation ( California SB 550) that was recently signed by California Governor Jerry Brown will help reduce music and movie piracy by allowing inspections and verification to ensure that large-scale disc replicating plants are complying with California anti-piracy laws. That law took effect January 1, 2012.”

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