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Wordpress Sues DMCA Takedown Abusers

Automattic Inc. & Hotham v. Steiner
Automattic Inc. & Retraction Watch, LLC v. Chatwal
By Elise Young – Edited by Alex Shank

Automattic, owner of WordPress.com and a major developer of the WordPress software, has sued two parties for abusing the notice-and-takedown provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and seeks damages under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f). Automattic’s decision to go after parties that use fraudulent copyright takedown notices could mark a shift in how content hosts handle DMCA takedown requests.


Posted On Dec - 6 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

IsoHunt to Shut Down Following $110 Million Settlement with Film Studios
By Sam Callahan – Edited by Jennifer Wong

Columbia Pictures Indus., Inc. v. Fung

Gary Fung has agreed to pay $110 million in damages and will permanently shut down IsoHunt.com, TorrentBox.com, and his other file-sharing websites in order to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by six major film studios, represented by the Motion Picture Association of America. The settlement comes after more than seven years of litigation.


Posted On Oct - 25 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Unwanted Exposure: Civil and Criminal Liability for Revenge Porn Hosts and Posters

Written by: Susanna Lichter
Edited by: Suzanne Van Arsdale

Hollie Toups, the first named plaintiff in Toups v. GoDaddy, was harassed for weeks after nude pictures of her appeared on the website Texxxan.com alongside her real name and a link to her Facebook profile. When Toups requested that Texxxan.com remove the pictures, she was told by the website that they could help in exchange for her credit card information.[i] Texxxan.com is a “revenge porn” or “involuntary porn” website.[ii]


Posted On May - 28 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST

District Court Grants Summary Judgment to YouTube in Viacom v. YouTube (Again)

Viacom Int’l Inc. v. YouTube, Inc.
By Pio Szamel – Edited by Laura Fishwick

On April 18, 2013 the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York once again granted summary judgment for YouTube in Viacom Int’l Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., on remand from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Louis L. Stanton held that YouTube did not have any actual knowledge of any specific infringements of the Viacom content in suit, nor was it willfully blind to any such specific infringements.


Posted On May - 2 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Ninth Circuit Affirms DMCA Safe Harbors for Streaming Video Providers

UMG v. Veoh
by Pio Szamel ­– Edited by Jacob Rogers

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the Federal District Court for the Central District of California, which had granted summary judgment finding that the streaming-video host Veoh was protected by the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and dismissed additional infringement claims against Veoh’s investors.


Posted On Apr - 1 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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