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By Kassity Liu Amazon Files Lawsuit to Protect Consumer Privacy On April 19, 2010, online retailer Amazon.com filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR), asking a federal judge to preempt the DOR’s request for detailed information on consumers’ purchases from the company’s website. CNET and Ars Technica reported that Amazon is pushing back because it believes the DOR’s request violates consumers’ rights under the First Amendment and the Video Privacy Protection Act. In its complaint, Amazon ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 25 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Court Excludes Litigation Fees from Calculation of Damages under DMCA § 512(f). By Debbie Rosenbaum – Edited by Gary Pong Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., Case No. 5:07-cv-03783-JF (N.D. Cal., Feb. 25, 2010) Slip Opinion (Hosted by the Citizen Media Law Project) On February 25, 2010, Judge Fogel for the Northern District of California held that a plaintiff suing over a wrongful Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) takedown notice can only recover for damages that were proximately caused by said ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 4 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
First Circuit Explains Judgment Against File-Sharer Tannenbaum By Eric Engle  – Edited by Miriam Weiler Sony BMG Music Entertainment et al. v. Tannenbaum, Case No. 07cv11446-NG (Dist. Mass., Dec. 7, 2009) Memorandum and Order The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts elaborated on its July 27 summary judgment against Joel Tannenbaum, holding that file sharing for personal use was not presumptively fair under the Fair Use doctrine.  In so holding, the court suggested that Tannenbaum could have escaped ... Read More...
Posted On Dec - 17 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Sharona Hakimi WTO Finds China’s Media Laws Violate International Trade Laws On August 12, Ars Technica and the New York Times reported that the World Trade Organization ruled against China in a complaint by the United States regarding China’s limitation on imports of songs, movies, and books. The Chinese laws constituting trade violations require that many forms of imported media must be distributed by a single, state-owned company. The laws also limit foreign ownership of Chinese media companies and ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 15 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Blogger’s Use of Unaltered Copyrighted Photos Deemed Legal Fair Use By Tyler Lacey – Edited by Amanda Rice Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. v. Delsman, No. C 09-1468 SBA, July 17, 2009 The United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted the defendant blogger’s motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit following its determination that the blogger’s use of unaltered copyrighted photos is fair use and therefore not violative of copyright laws. The court held that Delsman’s ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 2 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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