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No Permission Needed to Copyright a Derivative Work By Adrienne Baker – Edited by Ian C. Wildgoose Brown Schrock v. Learning Curve Int’l, No. 08-1296 (7th Cir. Sep. 9, 2009) Opinion On November 5, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed and remanded a decision of the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, which had ruled that copyright for a derivative work requires permission from the underlying copyright holder to be valid. The district court’s ruling ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 15 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Andrew Jacobs Court Issues TRO Against Sales of Beatles Music “Simulation” Ars Technica reports that on November 5, a Central District of California judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against BlueBeat.com, a website offering 25-cent downloads and free streaming of thousands of copyrighted songs, most notably including the entire Beatles catalog. The order is part of a suit filed on November 3 by Capitol, EMI, Priority, and Virgin Records, claiming copyright infringement and various state law violations. In ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 8 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Tyler Lacey Gamer Appeals Ban from Sony’s Playstation 3 Network On September 22, 2009, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed Erik Estavillo’s lawsuit against Sony. Fox40.com reports that Estavillo was banned from Sony’s Playstation 3 Network after allegedly uttering “racial and homophobic slurs to other online gamers.” Estavillo alleged that his freedom of expression was abridged, and likened Sony’s network to a company town. The district court dismissed Estavillo’s First Amendment claims, stating: ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 31 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Facebook, Inc. v. Power Ventures, Inc. By Gary Pong – Edited by Eric Engle Facebook, Inc. v. Power Ventures, Inc., Case No. 08-cv-05780-JF (N.D. Cal. Oct. 22, 2009) Order (Hosted by SPAM NOTES) The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted a motion by Facebook to dismiss counter-claims and strike affirmative defenses in its ongoing case against Power Ventures (Power.com). In his order, United States District Judge Jeremy Fogel wrote that Power.com’s answer and counter-claim ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 24 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Federal District Court Rules Ringtones Not Public Performance By Debbie Rosenbaum – Edited by Eric Engle In re: In the Matter of the Application of Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, Case Nos. 09-cv-07074 & 41 Civ. 1395 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 14, 2009) Opinion (Hosted by EFF) The Southern District of New York has ruled that cell phone ringtones do not constitute a public performance, and thus mobile phone carriers do not need to pay performance royalties under the Section 110(4) of ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 20 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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