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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Sampling and Sound Recordings: The De Minimis Defense

10 09 2010

Dear Rich: I’m a music publisher and I read Newton v. Diamond in which the Beastie Boys were able to sample a flute recording without getting permission from the composer. Does this case really say conclusively that a master rights holder can license the recording of a composition and be compensated for it, while a de minimis use of the composition contained in that same master recording can be sampled for free?

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No, you don’t own it: Court upholds EULAs, threatens digital resale

10 09 2010

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today ruled (PDF) on a long-standing case involving used software on eBay, and it came to an important decision: if a company says you don’t have the right to resell a program, you don’t have that right. Could this mean the end of the resale market for all digital content? Yup. But the court says it had no choice.

The case is Vernor v. Autodesk,

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Vegas, Baby! Ruling a Possible Boon to ‘Copyright-Troll’ Suits

3 09 2010

In recent weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about this outfit called Righthaven, a sort of online copyright enforcer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The enterprise won a key ruling in a Nevada federal court on Thursday.

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