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By Harry Zhou Harvard Law Professor Criticizes Google Book Settlement On January 26, TechCrunch reported that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor and “free-culture advocate,” criticized Google’s settlement with the Authors Guild as a “path to insanity.” Lessig writes that the settlement extended the copyright law’s regulation on physical copies into the digital world, resulting in “a world in which every bit, every published word, could be licensed.” According to Lessig, providing copyright protection at the level of pages ... Read More...
Posted On Jan - 30 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Court Reduces $1.92 Million File-Sharing Jury Award to $54,000 By Dmitriy Tishyevich – Edited by Joey Seiler Capitol Records Inc. v. Thomas-Rasset, No. 06-1497 (D. Minn. Jan. 22, 2010) Order In June 2009 a jury returned a verdict against Defendant Jamie Thomas-Rasset after finding that she willfully infringed the copyrights of twenty-four songs by making them available through a file-sharing program.  The jury awarded Plaintiffs statutory damages of $80,000 for each willful infringement, resulting in a total verdict of $1.92 ... Read More...
Posted On Jan - 28 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Tyler Lacey Comcast Claims It Would Accept Net Neutrality if Rules are “Clear” Ars Technica reports that on January 11, Comcast’s executive vice president David Cohen has issued a blog post declaring that it “is time to move on, and for the FCC to decide, in a clear and reasoned way, whether and what rules are needed to ‘preserve an open Internet.’” Cohen claims that the FCC’s 2008 sanctions of Comcast are invalid because they were not based on ... Read More...
Posted On Jan - 15 - 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
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
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