Judge in Xbox modding trial berates prosecution, halts trial

1 12 2010

LOS ANGELES — Opening statements in the first-of-its kind Xbox 360 criminal hacking trial were delayed here Wednesday after a federal judge unleashed a 30-minute tirade at prosecutors in open court, saying he had “serious concerns about the government’s case.”

“I really don’t understand what we’re doing here,” US District Judge Philip Gutierrez roared from the bench.

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Hollywood studios sue over “bowdlerized” DVDs

15 11 2010

The big studios are on the warpath against the Family Friendly Edited DVDs company, which deletes the risque content from Hollywood fare for resale online. A small truckload of movie makers have sued the outfit in an Arizona federal district court. The plaintiffs include Paramount, Warner Brothers, Sony, Disney, Universal, and Fox.

“Defendants are in the business of preparing, copying and distributing bowdlerized versions of movies, including the Motion Pictures, to which Defendants do not own the copyrights. This constitutes willful copyright infringement,” their complaint charges.

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“Horde of piratical monkeys” creates LimeWire: Pirate Edition

9 11 2010

After a years-long battle with LimeWire, the recording industry finally scuppered the pirate ship last month, obtaining a wide-ranging injunction against LimeWire LLC and its file-sharing software. LimeWire devs were bound by the court to remove their software downloads and source code from the Web, and they had to take steps to break existing LimeWire installations. But two weeks later, LimeWire is back.

LimeWire Pirate Edition builds on the old LimeWire codebase, but it removes LimeWire’s use of some centralized servers, the Ask.com toolbar, in-app advertising, and software backdoors. It also enables all the features of the “Pro” version that LimeWire LLC used to sell as a premium product.

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Third P2P verdict for Jammie Thomas: $1.5 million

3 11 2010

The first P2P case to come to trial in the US has lasted five years and now has three verdicts, this one coming after just two hours of deliberation. Jammie Thomas-Rasset must pay $62,500 for each of the 24 songs at issue in the case, for total of $1.5 million.

“We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity of the defendant’s misconduct,” said the RIAA after the case wrapped up. “Now with three jury decisions behind us along with a clear affirmation of Ms. Thomas-Rasset’s willful liability, it is our hope that she finally accepts responsibility for her actions.”

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Lime Wire taken off-line

2 11 2010

Lime Wire, a free peer-to-peer file sharing website, has been ordered to be taken down after losing
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What To Do If Youtube Removes Your Video

1 11 2010

The following guest post was written by Dave Owens, a 2010 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law.

You post something on Youtube and later go to your account to show a friend or to see how much traffic you’ve generated and …

IT’S GONE!

If this happens to you,…

what to do:

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Spain: YouTube not liable for user uploads

23 09 2010

Calling it a “clear victory for the Internet and the rules that govern it,” YouTube today praised a Spanish court ruling which found that users—not YouTube—are liable for any copyright infringement in their uploaded videos.

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Supreme Court could take its first RIAA file-sharing case

21 09 2010

The US Supreme Court is weighing in on the first RIAA file sharing case to reach its docket, requesting that the music labels’ litigation arm respond to a case testing the so-called “innocent infringer” defense to copyright infringement.

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Schumer Bill Seeks to Protect Fashion Design

15 09 2010

August 5, 2010, 10:43 pm

The American fashion industry has been pushing hard over the last four years for copyright protection for its designs. . . .Today, after a year of negotiations, Senator Charles E. Schumer introduced a bill that seemed to satisfy the different sides of the fashion industry — and may provide some protection, too.

The bill, the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act, has the support of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), whose individual members represent the creative core of the industry, and the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), which represents more than 700 manufacturers and suppliers and by its estimate accounts for about 75 percent of the industry’s business. . .

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“Questionable” whether lawyers can sue 14,000 P2P users in 1 court

10 09 2010

Rosemary Collyer, one of the DC federal judges overseeing the US Copyright Group’s tens of thousands of file-sharing lawsuits, is open to one of the main arguments made by groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and by ISPs: the DC court doesn’t have jurisdiction over random individuals from all over the country.

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