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by Michael Adelman Major US Internet Service Providers and Media Organizations Agree to “Six Strikes” Copyright Enforcement Plan Last week, major ISP’s such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable voluntarily agreed to help copyright owners by implementing a series of warnings and penalties for users suspected of downloading copyright infringing material, Ars Technica reports. When copyright holders detect alleged illegal file sharing, they will notify the ISP’s, who have committed to forward these notices to subscribers (but ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 19 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Eighth Circuit Holds that Use of Public Domain Material Infringes Film Copyright By Michael Hoven – Edited by Esther Kang Warner Bros. Entm’t v. X One X Productions, No. 10-1743 (8th Cir. July 5, 2011) Slip Opinion The Eighth Circuit unanimously affirmed in part and reversed in part a decision by the Eastern District of Missouri, which had granted summary judgment to Warner Bros. on its copyright infringement claim and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting defendants (collectively “AVELA”) from licensing ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 12 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
by Dorothy Du Bipartisan Bill Would End Warrantless GPS Tracking The Geolocational Privacy Surveillance Act, a new bipartisan bill dubbed the “GPS Act,” seeks to clarify when the government can use GPS tracking technology to obtain geolocational information about individuals without a warrant, according to Nextgov.  Current electronic surveillance laws are behind the times and fail to address specific legal concerns raised by modern GPS technology. Several lawsuits in the past several years have led to a hodgepodge of court ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 20 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
by Michael Adelman Copyright Suit Fails to Prevent Memorial Day Weekend Release of The Hangover: Part II On Tuesday May 24, the New York Times reported that Judge Catherine D. Perry of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri denied tattoo artist Victor Whitmill’s preliminary injunction that would have halted the release of the film The Hangover: Part II over Memorial Day weekend. Mr. Whitmill claims that Warner Brothers has infringed on his exclusive rights to the ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 6 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Written by Matt Gelfand Edited by Harry Zhou Editorial Policy A major criticism of the current copyright system is the overbreadth of the protections it affords, in terms of duration, works covered, and uses covered. With the Copyright Act of 1976 and subsequent international treaties and legislation, copyright has become quasi-permanent, and breadth-limiting formalities such as notice and registration requirements have been eliminated.[1] Virtually any use of the creative expressive content in a work is subject to control by a ... Read More...
Posted On May - 5 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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