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President Bush Signs PRO-IP Act S. 3325 On Monday, October 14, President Bush signed into law the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, also known as the PRO-IP Act, S. 3325. The PRO-IP Act steepens penalties for IP infringement and increases resources to the DOJ to coordinate state and federal efforts against counterfeiting and piracy. Although opposed by the DOJ, the Act also provides for a “U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator” position within the Executive Office of the ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 14 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
District Court Extends TRO Against RealDVD Until Nov. 17th By Andrew Ungberg –- Edited by Jon Choate RealNetworks, Inc. v. DVD Copy Control Ass’n N.D. Cal., October 7, 2008, No. C 08 04548 HRL Court Docket provided by Justia On Tuesday, October 7th, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel announced she would not disturb a temporary restraining order in place against RealNetworks (“Real”), pending a preliminary injunction hearing in mid-November.  The order blocks Real from selling RealDVD, a software program that allows ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 14 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Expelled Lawsuit Dropped Lennon v. Premise Media Corp. (S.D.N.Y.) The suit filed by Yoko Ono and the children of John Lennon against the producers of Expelled, a motion picture that used a clip of the song “Imagine” without permission, was withdrawn and dismissed last month.  However, Anthony Falzone, Executive Director of Stanford’s Fair Use Project and counsel for defendants, notes: [T]he right result came far too late. The mere pendency of these cases caused the film’s DVD distributor to shy ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 7 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
District Court Vacates Verdict and Damages in File-Sharing Copyright Infringement Case, Grants New Trial By Dmitriy Tishyevich - Edited by Bradley Hamburger Capitol Records Inc. v. Thomas D. Minn., September 24, 2008, No. 06‐1497 Order (provided by EFF) On September 24, 2008, Chief Judge Michael Davis of the United States. District Court, District of Minnesota, issued an order in Capitol Records Inc. v. Thomas (formerly Virgin Records America, Inc. v. Thomas) vacating a jury’s October 2007 copyright infringement verdict and award of $222,000 in ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 1 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Harry Potter Lexicon Found to Infringe J.K. Rowling’s Copyright By Miriam Weiler – Edited by Evie Breithaupt Warner Bros. Entertainment v. RDR Books S.D.N.Y, September 8th 2008, No. 07 Civ. 09667  Slip Opinion (hosted by Justia.com)   This week, Judge Robert P.  Patterson of Southern District of New York, granted a permanent injunction against Defendant RDR Books (“RDR”) and awarded statutory damages to Plaintiffs Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc.  and J.K.  Rowling (“Warner Bros.” and “J.K.  Rowling”) for the infringement of ... Read More...
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