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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
Sony Settles Lawsuit with PlayStation 3 Hacker By Vivian Tao – Edited by Chinh Vo Sony Computer Entm’t Am. v. Hotz, No. CV11-0167 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 11, 2011) Final Judgment hosted by Electronic Frontier Foundation On April 11, 2011, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered a final judgment for plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America (“Sony”), granting Sony a permanent injunction against defendant George Hotz. The injunction prevents Hotz, a notorious hacker, from engaging in any ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 17 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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