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Library of Congress Publishes Official DMCA Section 1201 Exemptions

By Mila Owen – Edited by Henry Thomas

The current wave of Digital Millennium Copyright Act rulemaking proceeding and § 1201 of the Act in general have drawn harsh criticism and concern that § 1201 favors the property rights of content creators over those of end users. The exemptions, which are the product of a rulemaking process which has been called ‘insane’, are also said to raise concerns regarding fairness and sustainability.


Posted On Dec - 3 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Analyzing the Equals Three v. Jukin Media Opinion

By Feiran (Felicia) Chen- Edited by Yiran Zhang

The court held that  Equals Three’s videos favored fair use as commenting on viral videos is transformative with the exception of one episode.


Posted On Nov - 4 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

District Court Holds that Internet-Based Television Provider, FilmOn X is Entitled to a Compulsory License

By Anne Woodworth – Edited by Henry Thomas

The U.S. District court for the Central District of California ruled that an online streaming service that rebroadcasted network television fit the definition of a cable company, and was entitled to compulsory licensing under § 111 of the Copyright Act.  The order relied on the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision, which held that internet streaming was fundamentally the same as cable. The ruling conflicts with a Second Circuit case decided on similar facts, and is immediately appealable.


Posted On Jul - 27 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Florida Considers a Bill Outlawing Anonymous Websites

By Paulius Jurcys – Edited by Anton Ziajka

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill, the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act,”  that would require owners and operators of websites that disseminate “commercial” recordings or audiovisual works to prominently disclose their true names, physical addresses, and telephone numbers or email addresses on the websites. The bill extends to all websites that deal “in substantial part” in disseminating such recordings or audiovisual works, “directly or indirectly,” to Florida consumers.


Posted On Mar - 18 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

A Computer Programmer for Megaupload Pleads Guilty to Copyright Infringement Charges

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Jenny Choi

On February 13, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that Andrus Nomm, a computer programmer for Megaupload.com, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for copyright infringement. Kim Dotcom, a founder of the Megaupload website and a key target of this criminal prosecution and two consecutive civil lawsuits, reacted strongly to the news and sought political recourse with regard to his behaviors.


Posted On Mar - 5 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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