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RIAA wins overwhelming copyright and sanctions victory against Usenet.com By Sharona Hakimi – Edited by Anthony Kammer Arista Records LLC v. Usenet.com, Inc., June 30, 2009, No. 07 Civ. 8822 Opinion On June 30, 2009, a New York District Court granted summary judgment for the Recording Artist Association of America (RIAA) in its case against Usenet.com.  Judge Harold Baer of the Southern District of New York held the website liable for direct, contributory, and vicarious copyright infringement.  Additionally, Judge Baer ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 9 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Brian Kozlowski Lori Drew “Cyberbullying” Conviction Thrown Out The Los Angeles Times reports that on July 2nd, a federal judge dismissed the case against “cyberbully” Lori Drew, saying that the clear terms of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) preclude a guilty verdict. The Lori Drew case received widespread media attention eight months ago when the 50 year-old mother was found guilty of “unauthorized computer access” under the CFFA for aiding her daughter in creating a fake MySpace ... Read More...
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Minnesota Jury Awards Nearly $2 Million in RIAA File-Sharing Suit By Anthony Kammer-Edited by Amanda Rice RIAA/Capitol v. Thomas-Rasset On Thursday, June 18, 2009, a federal jury in Minneapolis, MN returned a $1.92 million verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for willfully infringing the copyrights of twenty four songs she had made available for download on Kazaa, a file-sharing program. The suit, brought by the Recording Industry Artists of America (“RIAA”), involved copyrights owned by subsidiaries of four major recording companies, Warner ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 22 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Indiana Supreme Court Considers Website Design Ownership By Jad Mills – Edited by Ezra Pinsky Conwell v. Gray Loon Outdoor Marketing Group Inc., May 19, 2009, No. 82S04-0806-CV-00309. Slip Opinion On May 19, 2009, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the Vanderburgh Superior Court and Indiana Court of Appeals decisions ordering Piece of America (POA) to pay Gray Loon Outdoor Marketing hosting fees and website redesign charges and denying POA’s conversion claim for the loss of its original website. Writing for ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 9 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Tyler Lacey Wiki Operator Seeks Right to Host Discussions About Circumvention of iPhone’s DRM System Wired reports that on April 27, BluWiki operator OdioWorks filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit against Apple in order to “clarify the rights of the parties.” Last November, Apple threatened OdioWorks with legal action over a thread discussing how to use unapproved software on both the iPod and iPhone. Apple claimed that the content was “designed to circumvent Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management system” in ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 30 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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